Our Team


David X. Marquez, PhD, FACSM, FGSA, FSBM

University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition

Adjunct Professor
Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Phone: 312-996-1209
Fax: 312-413-0319
CV: Marquez CV August 2019
Dr. Marquez’ received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a Professor in Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Visiting Associate Professor with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Marquez’ area of specialization is in Exercise Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. His research agenda focuses on disparities in physical activity and disease/disability among older Latinos. His research also includes examining the factors that influence the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease among older Latinos.

Graduate Students

Guilherme Moraes Balbim

Phone: 312-383-8788
CV: Balbim CV
Guilherme Moraes Balbim is a Phd candidate in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his Bachelors’ of Science and Masters’ degree in Kinesiology at the Maringa State University, Brazil. His research interests include the effects of physical activity on brain health, as well as physical activity promotion among older adults. Guilherme’s dissertation is investigating the associations between physical activity levels and white matter integrity and lesions; and the effects of a Latin dance physical activity intervention on cognitive and brain function in older Latino adults. He also is interested in examining the role of physical activity in preventing risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

Jonathan Lopez

Phone: 347-206-3138
CV: Lopez CV
Jonathan Lopez is MPH candidate with a concentration in Community Health Science at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his Bachelors’ of Art in Public Health & Spanish at the University of Rochester. Jonathan’s current interests include access to healthcare for immigrant populations, as well as the role physical activity interventions can have on youth. Jonathan joined the team at the beginning of the year working with the Health Brain Research Network (HBRN) messaging project.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Martha Garcia

Martha is a fourth year Neuroscience student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Martha joined the EPL Summer 2019 through HCOE’s Summer Undergraduate Program on Health Disparities. She is vice president of the Quizbowl team, a volunteer interpreter at Communityhealth, and a mentor to incoming students. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and exploring the city. Martha aspires to be a culturally and linguistically competent doctor and continue to research health disparities affecting the Latino community.

PhD Alumni

Masters Alumni

  • Jaqueline Guzman
  • Melissa Magallanes