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Research Centers in HHP

HHP boasts of world class research centers and a highly productive faculty that gives students a wide array of inter-disciplinary fields to work in.

The Laboratory of Integrated Physiology (LIP)

The Laboratory of Integrated Physiology (LIP) is a fully equipped human performance/physiology/biochemistry laboratory capable of performing a wide variety of human performance testing, including exercise testing, muscle strength assessment, motor co-ordination/motor performance testing, learning/memory assessment and biochemical analysis of biological samples.

The Research and Innovation in Sport Excellence (RISE) lab

The Research and Innovation in Sport Excellence (RISE) lab is leading the way in sport research and innovation. The purpose of this lab is to understand and promote the impact of sport and its participants in healthy ways. We will do this through research, community partnerships, education dissemination, and the promotion of inclusion, especially the inclusion of the diversity of people, ideas, and academic disciplines. Thus, we aim to render sport (and its participants) “healthier” from a holistic, multi-dimensional perspective and through this aim, we will maximize and promote excellence in sport.

The Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research (CNBR)

Control of posture and locomotion are complex functions that rely on coordinated interactions between the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, the cardiovascular system, and the environment. To study these functions, The Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research (CNBR) brings together interdisciplinary research teams having expertise in engineering, physiology, clinical medicine, psychology, human factors, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Houston-area Opportunities in Undergraduate Student Training in Obesity & Nutrition (HOUSTON) Academy

The Houston-area Opportunities in Undergraduate Student Training in Obesity & Nutrition (HOUSTON) Academy is a USDA-funded undergraduate training program housed at the University of Houston. The HOUSTON Academy is a collaborative endeavor between existing partnerships, including a USDA laboratory (i.e. Children’s Nutrition Research Center), domestic academic institutions that serve minority and economically disadvantaged students (i.e. Houston Community College, Texas Southern University , University of Houston-Downtown), as well as an international academic institution (University of Costa Rica), and Houston-area community organizations (e.g., Houston Food Bank, Houston Independent School District, Urban Harvest).

Research Opportunities

Research in Sport and Fitness Administration

Sport and Fitness Administration faculty at HHP address topical and innovative research in the field of sport management. Additionally our faculty work with community partners to make sure research is developed with and reaches practitioners. SFA faculty explore issues of consumer behavior, race and intercollegiate sport, race, gender, and sport participation, sport history, sport for development, and disability sport. Research from this program has been cited globally and has allowed for national and international partnerships. We are actively recruiting doctoral students and our graduates have found tenure track faculty positions nationwide.