Dr. Saki Oyama & Dr. Kelly Cheever, Co-Directors
The Applied Biomechanics Research Laboratory aims to prevent injuries and improve the performance and well-being of individuals who are susceptible to injuries. The lab is Co-Directed by Dr. Oyama and Dr. Cheever. Dr. Oyama’s primary research interest is in the identification and modification of movement patterns and physical characteristics that are associated with injuries. Dr. Cheever’s primary interest is the long-term cumulative health effects of a collision and/or contact sport career.
Dr. John Zhang, Director
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building 3.408
My primary research interest has been focused on myocardial remodeling following infarction. After myocardium infarction (MI), the heart undergoes extensive myocardial remodeling by accumulating fibrous tissue in both infarcted and noninfarcted myocardium, which distorts tissue structure, increases tissue stiffness, and accounts for ventricular diastolic dysfunction.
My second area of research is to study the effect of exercise on lipid metabolism. It has been hypothesized that postprandial lipoprotein metabolism may play an essential role in cardiovascular disease. We have established fat loading and exercise model to study the effect of exercise on postprandial hypertriglyceridemia and blood lipoprotein metabolism. The pathway of exercise-induced lipoprotein lipase activity still remains unknown. Due to the complexity of in vivo study of lipoprotein lipase, we intend to develop a new model to study lipoprotein lipase by using cultured cells.
Dr. Alberto Cordova, Director
The primary aim of the Exercise and Health Psychology Lab is to advance our knowledge regarding physical activity and health. In particular, Dr. Umeda has been conducting research examining the influence of physical activity on pain and pain processing in a variety of populations (e.g., chronic pain patients, healthy adults, physically active individuals). Dr. Umeda’s research is typically conducted using psychophysiological approaches, where pain and pain processing is examined in conjunction with physiological (e.g., resting blood pressure, blood pressure reactivity, resting heart rate variability) and psychological variables.
Dr. William Land, Director
The aim of the Human Performance Laboratory is to investigate the interaction between cognition and human action. Research from this lab is geared towards facilitating sports performance, enhancing motor skill acquisition, illuminating the psychological antecedents of action, and motor rehabilitation.
PI: Eunhee Chung, Ph.D.
Dr. Wan X. Yao, Director
Main Building 0.412
The broad purpose of the Motor Control and Learning Research Lab is to better understand principles of motor control and motor learning and how the brain contributes to effective movement, with a long-range goal to impact remediation, rehabilitation, and therapeutic practices:
Location: MB 3.324
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644