Exercise Science Research
Research in this area is directed at grasping a better understanding in the types and volumes of exercise required to enhance cardiovascular function. This includes, but is not limited to, high intensity interval training among sedentary and aerobic trained individuals and during pregnancy.
Cardiovascular risk factors
Research relating to cardiovascular risk factors specifically focuses on children in various geographical regions within the CMU community. Investigations include, but are not limited too, exercise program disease markers, healthcare related costs, and healthcare education on healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
Researchers examining the areas of cellular physiology are assessing cell culture models to understand mechanisms associated with heat shock protein regulation and its impact during aerobic exercise, regulation of hormone signaling, insulin resistance and caloric restrictions in an aging population, inflammatory responses to exercise, and the effects of amino acid and nutraceutical supplementation on inflammatory pathways.
Diabetes and obesity
Research in this area of diabetes and obesity primarily focuses on exercise and dietary interventions. This includes, but is not limited to, building on our understanding for how the amount of exercise required to influence glucose metabolism.
Research in this area also focuses on the underlying mechanism of pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes specifically focusing on β-cell dysfunction and molecular mechanisms of obesity associated with insulin resistance as well as proglucagon-derived peptides and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and their role in weight loss.
Research in the area of sport performance involves collaborative work with CMU athletics. Investigations entail the examination of various training programs utilizing global position system (GPS) technology. The goal with this research area is to evaluate methods of enhancing training programs and how we can improve team performance.