Exercise Science Program

Research Laboratories and Facilities

The School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences 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

labsThe 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 animationCollaborative 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.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Teaching Lab

The program 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.

 Exercise Physiology Teaching Lab

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

Motion Analysis & Integrative Neurophysiology Lab (MAIN Lab)

MAIN LabThe MAIN Lab promotes long-term health and well-being after joint injury and is located within the School of Exercise and Rehabilitation. The lab conducts high-quality research, uses a multidisciplinary approach and fosters collaboration between athletic training, physical therapy, and complimentary healthcare professions. 

Last Updated: 3/9/23