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The Temple Department of Kinesiology has 4 main areas of research:
1. Exercise Physiology 2. Athletic Training 3. Motor Neuroscience 4. Exercise and Sports Psychology. The research labs provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to actively engage in the research process.
Kinesiology Laboratories


Center for NeuroMotor Mobility
John Jeka, Ph.D.

We use room-sized advanced visualization that combines high-resolution, stereoscopic projection to create a complete sense of presence in a virtual environment. Combined with techniques that precisely manipulate input from vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems, balance control mechanisms are studied during standing and walking with particular regard with how these sensory inputs are fused. We develop new techniques and assistive devices for treatment of 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 the athletes with concussion. 

Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory
Joon-Young Park, Ph.D.

The mission of the Cardiovascular Genomics 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. Full Lab Site.

Sport Concussion Laboratory
Ryan Tierney Ph.D., ATC

The mission of the Sports Concussion Laboratory is to broaden our understanding of brain injury.  We conduct clinical research and, through collaboration with basic scientists, translational research connecting basic science and clinical practice. We are particularly interested in elucidating the mechanisms underlying variable cellular and clinical responses to mechanical stress imparted during concussive and sub-concussive head impacts. In collaboration with other researchers (e.g., Temple Pharmacogenomics Lab, Temple Concussion and Athletic Neurotrama Program) we explore the genetic mechanisms involved in this variable response to impacts. The 2,000 square foot dedicated lab space houses force plate and EMG systems, kinematics instrumentation, as well as five computer work stations. These tools allow assessment of joint dynamic stabilization, as well as head impact kinematics and neurological outcome following subconcussion impacts. Full lab site.

Exercise and Sport Psychology Laboratory
Michael Sachs, Ph.D.

The mission of the Exercise and Sport Psychology Laboratory is to provide a setting for research and consultation. Resources are provided (e.g., journals, books, magazines) as well as computers and printers for accessing information. Regular meetings provde opportunities for collaboration on research projects and consultation on a variety of research and applied experiences undertaken by faculty and students. A one-way mirror allows for observation of consultations. Most research and application is conducted in real world settings, but the Lab serves as a place to come together on our various research and applied work. Full Lab Site.