New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael R. Deyhle
Dr. Deyhle, Please tell us about yourself. Where do you come from in New Mexico? Tell us about your family!
I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My mom grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her parents moved to Los Alamos from Canada to work at the labs. Growing up in a military family, my dad moved around a lot. They eventually settled in Albuquerque. He served in the Vietnam War as a fighter pilot. Afterward he came back to Albuquerque for medical school. My mom was in medical school at that time and that is where they met. Since I left Albuquerque in 2014, my wife, Anna, and I have had two kids - Magnolia (Noli, 4-years-old) and Joshua (20-months-old). We are expecting our third child (a boy) in October of this year. We're happy to be back in Albuquerque where my parents, brother (Jon), and sister (Kara) live too.

Dr. Deyhle, please share with us your research interests over the last few years.
As a doctoral student at BYU, my research focused on exercise-induced muscle damage. More specifically, I studied the role of inflammation and immune cells in healing and adaptation to muscle damage. After receiving my PhD I moved to Gainesville Florida to work as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida. At UF I studied a cancer-induced muscle wasting condition called cachexia. My studies at UF were on inflammatory signals (cytokines) and inmate immune cells as cachexia-causing factors.

What research interests do you see starting or continuing at UNM?
One thing I love about research is that new discoveries always lead to new questions. I see myself continuing along the research lines of my PhD and postdoctoral work, doing work on muscle damage and studying the impact of exercise on cancer cachexia.

Why did you choose to come to UNM and become a member of the Exercise Science Faculty?
I was a student in this program as a undergraduate and a master's student. I benefited greatly by the excellent instruction, and dedication that the faculty had for the students. I share the student-centered values that I believe the UNM exercise science faculty have. The chance at working along side of those people is a big part of what drew me back.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love the analytical process of teaching. I love taking the complex concepts of physiology and biology and presenting them in a way that is accessible for student learning.

What has motivated you to achieve in your academics?
I have always been interested in working hard doing things as well. I find that I am most satisfied when I know I have strived to do my best. This is what has motivated me in my academic work, too.

What are your hobbies you have and those you have with your family?
I enjoy being outside and exercising. I like riding my bike, skateboarding, and rock climbing. I like to make and drink good coffee. Anna and I enjoy rock climbing, reading and watching movies together. With my kids I enjoy reading Berenstain Bears books, swinging on swings, and splashing in puddles.

Dr. Deyhle with his two kids: Magnolia (Noli) and Joshua