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Applied Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Dr. Saki Oyama, Director

SRL 1.136

Ph: 210.819.5885

Located on the West campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), This lab conducts research that leads to prevention and rehabilitation of upper extremity pain and injury in variety of populations.  Typically, we work with overhead athletes (pitchers, swimmers, weightlifters), patients with chronic diseases, manual wheelchair users, and desk and manual- repetition workers. A great deal of the work done in biomechanics is in the repair of injuries to the musculoskeletal system.  Research in biomechanics is often conducted through the use of computer simulation and human dummies that can stand in for real people during an impact test. The approximately 350 square feet lab space is equipped with Vicon 8-camera motion capture system, electromyography system, handheld dynamometer, and digital inclinometer.

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Cardiovascular Research Laboratory

Dr. John Zhang, Director

Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building 3.408

Ph: 210.458.6229

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.

Developmental Motor Cognition Laboratory

Dr. Alberto Cordova, Director

Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory

Dr. Masataka Umeda, Director


The primary aim of the Exercise and Health Psychology Lab is to advance our knowledge regarding the relationship between physical activity and health. In particular, Dr. Umeda has been conducting research examining pain inhibitory processing within the central nervous system, and the influence of physical activity on central pain inhibitory processing in a variety of populations (e.g., chronic pain patients, racial/ethnic minority individuals, physically active and inactive individuals). In addition, Dr. Umeda studies food insecurity and mental health among college students. Dr. Umeda’s research is often conducted using psychophysiological approaches, where pain sensitivity is examined in conjunction with physiological (e.g., blood pressure, heart rate variability) and psychological (e.g., personality, mental health) variables.

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Human Performance Laboratory

Dr. William Land, Director

SRL 1.104

Ph: 210.458.7855

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.

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Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory

PI: Eunhee Chung, Ph.D.

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Motor Learning/Control Study Laboratory

Dr. Wan X. Yao, Director

Main Building 0.412

Ph: 210.458.6230

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:

  • Research Interests
    • The effect of feedback and practice schedules on the acquisition of motor skills
    • Neutomechanisms underlying muscle contractions and force/motor skill transfer
Department of Kinesiology

Phone: 210-458-6023
Fax: 210-458-5873
Location: MB 3.324
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644