The Department of Kinesiology has several research labs that provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to actively engage in the research process.
The mission of the Translational Exercise Biology Laboratory is to elucidate molecular genetic mechanisms underlying cardiovascular adaptations and functions by conducting translational research with genomics being the common theme. We are particularly interested in cellular adaptations to mechanical / biological / biochemical stimulations induced by exercise. We use research techniques in Physiology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Genetics such as primary cell cultures, Tg mouse, mitochondrial functional assays, site-directed mutagenesis, random (nDNA/mtDNA) mutation capture, microarray, mechanical shear stress experiment, and acute and chronic exercise training.
Neuromotor Science (NMS) Research Consortium
The NMS Research Consortium is a state-of-the-art research facility consisting of the following interdisciplinary laboratories investigating a range of basic and clinical issues in human sensorimotor neuroscience. Full-time faculty and undergraduate/graduate students/postdoctoral fellows are housed in a common space to promote interaction/discussion, providing a rich scientific atmosphere to share ideas through journal clubs and invited lectures.
NeuroMotor Control and Plasticity Laboratory
The NeuroMotor Control and Plasticity Laboratory focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms of muscle coordination in the human upper extremity. The major equipment includes an isometric force measurement setup (a novel modification of Biodex system), the KINARM endpoint robot (a 2-D manipulandum robotic device; BKIN Technologies, Inc.), and 16-channel wireless electromyographic recording setup. Focus areas include human motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation following neurological disorders.
Temple Research Immersive Balance and Locomotion (TRIBAL) Lab
The Temple Research Immersive Balance and Locomotion (TRIBAL) Lab is a shared resource of all NMS faculty. The primary goal of the TRIBAL lab is to understand the neural and biomechanical basis of human balance and locomotion. Individuals stand or walk in a room-sized virtual reality cave that allows precise control of the visual surround along with input from vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems. Balance control mechanisms can then studied with regard to processes that fuse information from multiple sensory systems. Computational methods combine mechanisms of multisensory fusion with biomechanical investigations of multilink body dynamics to develop new techniques and “smart health technology” to improve mobility in patient populations with balance disorders including Parkinson’s disease, individuals with the loss of inner ear (vestibular) function, elderly individuals at risk of falling and athletes who have experienced concussion. Our multidisciplinary lab group, which includes physical therapists, kinesiologists, biomechanists, engineers and mathematicians, (and extreme sports enthusiasts) reflects the basic-to-applied range of problems we are investigating.