College of Health Sciences

Research Laboratories and Facilities

The Department of Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology labs and facilities are located in the University's Health and Human Services building. This state-of-the-art facility, opened in the fall of 2004, provides offices, classrooms,and both teaching and research laboratories to support the department's many programs.

Exercise Biology Research Labs:

The overarching goal of the Exercise Biology Laboratory is to uncover novel mechanisms responsible for regulating skeletal muscle development, growth, and repair.  Faculty members in the Exercise Biology Laboratory have focused and collaborative research interests aimed at the investigation of 1) the immune system and its interplay with skeletal muscle and exercise , and 2) the molecular regulation of skeletal muscle hypertrophy and atrophy resulting from changes in physical activity.   Researchers employ human, rodent, and cell culture models and contemporary laboratory techniques to answer basic and applied questions in these areas. 

myogenesis animation
Collaborative research of Drs. Pizza and McLoughlin in the study of myogenesis (muscle development); The video depicts the migration and proliferation of mouse skeletal muscle cells (myoblasts) for 24 hours in standard cell growth medium. Images were captured using a real-time Live Cell Imaging System housed in the Exercise Biology Labs.
CardioPulmonary and Metabolism Research Lab:

The CardioPulmonary and Metabolism Research Lab provides comprehensive facilities for the study of the effects of exercise on these systems. It includes comprehensive instrumentation for respiratory gas analysis, cardiovascular function, peripheral blood flow monitoring, blood chemistry assessment, and hydrostatic weighing. The lab is directed by Dr. Barry Scheuermann and used in support of his research and that of the undergraduate and graduate students who he advises.
Musculoskeletal Health and Movement Science Laboratory

The Musculoskeletal Health and Movement Science Laboratory (MHMSL) is concentrated on the identification of risk factors, prevention, and movement pattern alterations resulting from lower extremity injuries. The MHMSL utilizes a multifactorial approach (biomechanics, strength, muscular activation, and postural control) in our investigation of lower extremity injury in physically active populations.

Athletic Training Research Laboratory


The primary focus of the Athletic Training Research Laboratory is on the assessment of neuromuscular control related to lower extremity injury. The lab contains a MotionMonitor data acquisition system with 5 Ascension "Flock of Birds" magnetic trackers; Standard and Extended Range Transmitters and a Bertec NC-4060 force plate. Additional equipment include a PC, scanner, Star Excursion BalanceTesting Pad and Movin' Step Balance Pads.

Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory

The primary aim of the Human Integrative Physiology (HIP) Laboratory is to better understandhipl1
the limiting factors to exercise capacity in both healthy individuals and clinical populations.  More specifically, the objective of our research program is to further understand the impact of type 2 diabetes on the cardiovascular response to exercise, and to determine whether interventions can restore cardiovascular function, improve exercise performance and quality of life in this population.  Researchers in the laboratory use a number of techniques to simultaneously assess the respiratory and cardiovascular responses to exercise. 

Joint Injury and Muscle Activation Laboratory


The Joint Injury and Muscle Activation (JIMA) Laboratory is dedicated to improving disability in people with lower extremity joint injury. The JIMA laboratory is equipped to evaluate various outcomes related to neuromuscular function and has collaborative relationships to allow for further analyses into biomechanics.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Teaching Laboratory

The department has a state-of-the art teaching facility for instruction in human anatomy and physiology. It provides for the study of structure and function from the cellular level to examination of human cadaver specimens. Extensive use is made of computer and media technology.

Panoramic View of the Lab (Quicktime Required)

Exercise Physiology Teaching Laboratory

The department provides a dedicated teaching laboratory for instruction in exercise physiology, clinical exercise testing, human physiology, and cardiopulmonary physiology. It is equiped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for such thngs as cardiac monitoring, graded exercise testing, and respiratory gas analysis.

Panoramic View of the Lab (Quicktime Required)

Last Updated: 6/9/16