Faculty Research Areas
Muscle physiology, muscle adaptation to mechanical loading, cellular basis of muscle function in health and disease.
Promotional strategies in sport, consumer behavior, and disability sport
Through my doctoral and postdoctoral education I received training in the areas of developmental psychology, poverty, and public policy. My research has focused on 1. family-related factors, such as poverty and family structure, and their influence food insecurity and food assistance program... Learn More
My research involves epidemiological investigations to determine the risk factors and rates of orthopedic injuries in diverse populations. This research utilizes cohort groups from NASA, military and civilian populations. Once risk factors or at risk groups are identified, athletic training and... Learn More
I am interested in the development of human coordination primarily from a neuromuscular perspective. This interest is satisfied by investigating locomotion and posture processes. More recent interests include the role of somatosensory input on muscle contraction, particularly during adaptation to split-belt locomotion.
Obesity results when energy intake exceeds energy expenditure over time. I conceptualize overeating as a learned or conditioned behavior that is reinforced by natural neurobiological rewarding properties of food cued by environmental stimuli and mediated/moderated by psychosocial factors. I am... Learn More
Rehabilitation device design, development, and assessment, Robotics and mechatronics, Haptics, Biomechanics, Sensory augmentation, Wearable balance prostheses and rehabilitation aids, Human-machine-computer interface
My work examines how exercise and stress affect the immune system in young and aged subjects. My current research examines the role of regulatory T cells and how exercise can alter the functional ability of these cells. I have a passion for strength and resistance training and how the... Learn More
Metabolic diseases, metabolism, and nutrition
My research involves application of biostatistical models to investigate the effectiveness of clinical interventions and to evaluate subject-level changes in health measures and health-related quality of life. I have participated in studies supported by funding from the Joe W. King Orthopedic... Learn More
Dr. Paloski's main research interests are focused on understanding normal and abnormal sensory-motor control of balance and locomotion. He studies and models the biomechanics, neural control, and adaptive responses of this system to space flight, aging, injury, and disease. He is also interested in... Learn More
My research efforts focus on 1) Investigate the role of physical activity and exercise training in preventing or ameliorating vascular (endothelial) dysfunction in pathophysiologic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, aging (Alzheimer), microgravity,... Learn More
Dr Simpson's main research interests are focused on the effects that exercise, age and disease has on immune function. Immunosenescence is the term used to describe the biological aging of the immune system and is driven by a number of factors including poor lifestyle choices and reactivation of... Learn More
Neuromuscular physiology and motor learning; Biomechanics and gait analysis; Electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles to restore function; Rehabilitation engineering; Pathological locomotion. Experience During his postdoctoral fellowship in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Thrasher designed a research... Learn More