Who Am I?

My name is Jack and I have taught Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology at the college level for 7 years, at both public and private universities.

I earned a Master’s of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master’s of Science in Physiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In early 2020, I took a break from my Ph.D. when we welcomed the birth of our newest child. When the pandemic got into full swing a few weeks later, I decided to not go back.

My research has been primarily focused on a skin condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I have also worked in bioinformatics and microbial genomics.

I’ve always been overweight, but I used to enjoy a lot of sports. Before moving to Texas, I would go snowboarding and play hockey. I loved martial arts; I studied Taekwondo, Hapkido, Aikido, Kumdo, and Judo. I never thought I could be a runner, but in January 2013, I started and by the end of the year I ran three Half-Marathons.

I decided to start this blog with a few goals in mind:

Fitness and Weight Loss: In the summer of 2020, I hit my highest weight, ever. I also had lost considerable range of movement and stamina. With lockdown in full effect and a newborn baby, most of our time was spent sitting on the couch. The amount of time we spent on the couch actually lead me to develop severe lower back pain and leg numbness. I couldn’t walk more than a quarter mile without taking a break. While I was waiting in the doctor’s office, writhing in pain, I could only think of two things: I want this pain to stop immediately — and I really want to go for a run.

Sports and Goals: I have a lot of athletic interests and I love meeting goals. I’ve registered for the Air Force Half-Marathon in September and I intend to be ready. Before I moved to Tokyo, I earned my red belt in Taekwondo — and later this year, I will start training again to reach black. I want to start backpacking again and I want to start bikepacking.

Educate: There are a lot of good resources out there to help people learn about anatomy and physiology. But when it comes to health and nutrition, there is a lot of bad advice. My goal is to bridge the gap and make the underlying science more accessible to people who have a genuine interest in understanding how their body works.

I believe in a traditional approach to diet and exercise. While I do hope to travel eventually, I’m a stay-at-home dad, so my focus is on exercises I can complete at or around home. Whether you’re here for Anatomy & Physiology or Health & Fitness, I hope you’ll stick around, hear me out, and share your experience and expertise.

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