Current Members

xavier revelo

Xavier Revelo, Ph.D., Principal Investigator - Xavier is an Assistant Professor in the Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) Department at the University of Minnesota in the Medical School. Xavier obtained a BS from Zamorano University, an MS from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. In 2012, Xavier moved to Toronto-Canada to complete his postdoctoral training in Immunometabolism at the University Health Network as a member of the University of Toronto Banting and Best Diabetes Center. Xavier joined the IBP Department in March of 2018 where his research program focuses on the role of the immune system on metabolic disease. Xavier is an avid long-distance runner who trains year-round for the marathon distance.



Gavin Fredrickson, Researcher 1 - Gavin is currently completing his bachelor's degree in human physiology at the University of Minnesota.  He has furthered his passion for physiology by working as a teaching assistant for PHSL 3061. His physiology interests expand to exercise science which is the subject of his current research with the Revelo lab. Upon Graduation, Gavin will pursue a Ph.D. within the field of physiology and metabolism. In addition to his research, Gavin enjoys rock climbing, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family.


saad khan

Saad Khan, Visiting Ph.D. Scholar - Saad is a visiting Ph.D. student from the Department of Immunology in the University of Toronto. His academic interests lie in learning more about the gut-liver axis during health and metabolic disease. He is currently interested in learning how B cells in the liver and the gut regulate various parameters of metabolic syndrome. Outside of lab, Saad is involved with science outreach programs, an advocate for student mental health, a collector of funky socks and an avid foodie who will go to great lengths to satisfy his cravings.


fanta barrow

Fanta Barrow, IBP Ph.D. student - Fanta was born and raised in The Gambia. She completed her B.S. in Biochemistry Biotechnology at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2017, and after graduation worked as a Biotechnologist in industry before pursuing research at the University of Minnesota. She initially joined the Revelo lab as Researcher I, where she investigated the role of the adaptive immune system in the progression of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. With a keen interest in the field of Immunometabolism, she chose the Integrative Biology & Physiology graduate program to further her training. Outside of lab, she loves dancing, watching Korean dramas, collecting memories for her memory book and compiling silly pictures of her friends.


Preethy Parthiban

Preethy Parthiban, IBP Ph.D. Student - Preethy is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Integrated Biology and Physiology department. Her primary research interest lies in cardiac inflammation with a specific focus on the protective role of cardiac resident macrophages. She completed her Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering in India (2017) and went on to do her Masters in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (2019).  Upon completion of her Ph.D., she would like to join the pharmaceutical industry and establish a research track career. Outside of the lab, Preethy enjoys various arts and crafts including singing, dancing, painting, and crocheting. Being an indoor nut helped her survive the COVID-19 pandemic!

Maya Demirchian, Undergraduate Researcher - Maya is working towards a bachelor's degree in human physiology with a minor in Spanish. After her undergraduate degree, Maya hopes to attend medical school. She is interested in preventative medicine and the effects of nutrition and exercise on health. Outside of the lab, Maya loves to run, travel, and spend time with her friends and family.