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Arnold School of Public Health

Exercise Science

The Department of Exercise Science (EXSC) is known for our expertise is several research areas. Our laboratories, research groups, and centers are organized by our three divisions: Applied Physiology, Health Aspects of Physical Activity, and Rehabilitation Sciences. 

Division of Applied Physiology

Clinical Exercise Research Center

CERC is equipped for state-of-the-art measurement of metabolic and cardiorespiratory responses and adaptations to exercise in human subjects. A fully automated system for measurement of metabolism is included. This facility is also equipped with the state-of-the-art DEXA machine for body composition and bone mineral analysis. We have full phlebotomy capability and provides assay analyses. This facility provides an important resource for conducting undergraduate and graduate student research projects.

Integrative Muscle Biology Laboratory 

Investigations in this lab examine cellular and molecular mechanisms that influence muscle plasticity in skeletal and cardiac muscle. Specific attention is given to the interaction of endocrine signaling and muscle mass regulation through extracellular matrix remodeling and inflammation. Scientific models examine alterations in muscle activity due to disuse, increased loading and regeneration from injury. The regulation of these processes in conditions of underlying disease (cancer cachexia, diabetes) or aging is also examined.

Technology and Behavioral Intervention Lab

The goal of the Technology and Behavioral Intervention Lab is to develop effective technology-supported behavioral programs to help adults increase physical activity, decrease sedentary time, improve diet, and lose weight.

Women's Vascular Health Lab (Abbi Lane-Cordova)

The goal of the Women's Vascular Health Lab is to better understand the development of heart disease in women and interrupt the development of heart disease in women with targeted interventions.


Division of Health Aspects of Physical Activity



Division of Rehabilitation Sciences


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