Exercise Science and Muscle Physiology

With a focus on the application of exercise and health technology, we aim to prevent and manage disease and facilitate recovery from injuries — whether you are using your body for everyday tasks or athletic pursuits. Among the areas we study:

  • Skeletal Muscle Physiology: Structure and function of skeletal muscle and its role in human health and adaptation to exercise
  • Exercise Oncology: Application of exercise to mitigate side effects and improve quality of life for cancer patients
  • Biomarkers of Disease Risk and Prognosis: Identifying biologic, molecular and biochemical biomarkers in bodily fluids that indicate risk for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity
  • Obesity, Inflammation, Diabetes Prevention: Non-pharmacologic interventions to improve lifestyle behaviors and prevent chronic disease
  • Exercise Endocrinology: Effects of resistance training on endocrine function, including hormone secretion
  • Orthopedic Recovery Science: Interventions to improve recovery following orthopedic surgery
  • Sports Science and Performance: Technologies, devices and wearables to improve physical function and athletic performance
  • Resistance Training and Neural Plasticity: Resistance training to improve cerebral/vascular blood flow and cognition in older adults
  • Cardiovascular Physiology: Improving the cardiovascular system — including heart and vascular function, blood vessel integrity and oxygen utilization — using exercise
  • Body Composition Assessment and Imaging: Measurements of body tissue, including lean mass, fat mass, fat-free mass

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