Research

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Swim Performance Laboratory  - The goal of the Swim Performance Lab is to understand the factors affecting human swimming performance across a wide range of ages and abilities. The lab is equipped with a swimming flume, 25-yard swimming pool, and a wading pool. The lab uses a snorkel integrated with a metabolic cart that enables real-time measurements of oxygen consumption, substrate utilization, and economy while swimming in the flume. This lab is under the direction of Dr. George Crocker.  Location: PE 38 & Pool deck.  Website: www.swimperformancelab.com  

 

 

Photo of Spinal Cord Injury Exercise ResearchSpinal Cord Injury Exercise Research (SCIER) - The goal of SCIER is to understand how exercises like body weight supported treadmill training can be used to enhance neurological recovery, neural plasticity and exercise fitness. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Dy. Location: ASCL 109

 

 

 

 

Photo of Rat RobotSpinal Plasticity Laboratory (SPL) – This lab examines the effects of locomotor training in a rodent model of spinal cord injury using robotic devices. This lab is under the direction of Dr. de Leon. Location: ASCL 123 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Exercise Physiology LabExercise Physiology - This laboratory studies the effect of exercise on the brain and cognition. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Keslacy. Location ASCL 139.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Biomechanics LabBiomechanics – The biomechanics lab houses an eight camera Vicon motion analysis system, two AMTI force plates, and an electromyography system. Current research investigates the factors that influence force and power output from skeletal muscle. The lab is under the direction of Andy Cornwell, Ph.D. Location: ASCL 110 

 

 

 

 

Food Microbiology Laboratory - The goal of Food Microbiology laboratory is to train undergraduate students in applied microbiological techniques such as detection and enumeration of various bacteria of concern and to conduct research in the area of microbiological food safety. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Mangalassary. Location: Biological Sciences 365

 

Photo of Food Chemistry and Analytical LabFood Chemistry and Analysis Laboratory – This laboratory studies the chemical compositions of various foods and food ingredients and the compositional changes during food processing and storage. It is under the supervision of Dr. Jing Zhao. Location: ASCL 125. 

 

 

 

The goal of the Cultural Sport and Exercise Psychology (CSEP) research lab is to examine (moving) bodies through psychological and sociocultural perspectives and to promote equity and social justice in/via kinesiology and related fields. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Sae-Mi Lee. 

 

Photo of Environmental Exercise Physiology LabEnvironmental Exercise Physiology- This lab studies the effects of heat acclimation on exercise performance and various blood markers, and uniquely features a hypobaric chamber that we use to examine the effects of high altitude on the human body.  The lab is under the direction of Dr. Nazareth Khodiguian and Dr. Ailish Sheard.  Location: PE10.

 

 

 
 
 

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The NeuroMovement Performance Lab is based on an integrative approach to research and practical clinical application of its findings. The goal is to combine, whenever possible, the principles of neuroscience with those of movement science, and cognitive science.

This approach aims to provide a multidisciplinary & broader context to understand relationships between movement mechanics, neurophysiology, neural control, injury processes, rehabilitation, performance, movement impairments, motivation for and development of movement. Studying movement strategies of healthy and impaired/injured individuals from a mind, body and brain approach will allow research to revisit current approaches to assessments, rehabilitation, and return to performance protocols in their most practical formats.

Some equipment used in this research lab is wearable kinematic sensors and wearable fNIRS systems. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Clea P. Tucker, PT, DPT.

 

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Nutritional Biology and Biochemistry Lab- Dr. Kaur's research focus is to study nutritional bioactive compounds and their role in modulating oxidative stress in chronic diseases. She is currently collaborating with Biochemistry lab and studying the effect of dietary isoprenoids on cancer and cardiovascular diseases using in-vitro cell culture model.

This lab is under the direction of Dr. Momand and Dr. Kaur. Location- LKH 248 and FA 342