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The University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-6015
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Doctoral Progam in Exercise Physiology

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology

This emphasis provides students with the experimental, theoretical and analytical tools necessary to investigate the basic processes and mechanisms in exercise physiology.

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology program is designed for sudents interested in:

  • Skeletal muscle physiology
  • Cellular responses to altered mechanical loading in bone and muscle
  • The impact of endurance exercise and other stressors on the immune system
  • Mechanistic links between obesity, accelerated biological aging and immunological dysfunction (senescence)
  • Research careers in academia

Exercise Physiology Faculty

Dr. Mark Clarke

Dr. Mark Clarke

Muscle physiology, muscle adaptation to mechanical loading, cellular basis of muscle function in health and disease.
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Dr. Thomas Lowder

Dr. Thomas Lowder

Our lab examines how exercise and stress affect the pulmonary system, particularly in females. We are working with patients with a rare lung disease that affects women almost exclusively, lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM; In addition to changes in pulmonary function, we are studying how exercise positively impacts bone mineral density and sleep quality in patients with interstitial lung diseases, especially those with LAM. Our laboratory also examines how exercise alters cellular mechanisms using a transgenic mouse model of non-small cell lung cancer.   
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Dr. Park

Dr. Yoonjung Park

Research efforts focused on 1) Investigating the role of physical activity and exercise training in preventing or ameliorating vascular dysfunction in pathophysiologic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, aging (Alzheimer), microgravity, etc. and 2) Elucidating the mechanisms in which vascular function is altered by the sequelae of the diseases and physical activity/exercise training at the molecular, cellular, and intact tissue levels (isolated intact microvessels).
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Dr. Richard Simpson

Dr. Richard Simpson

Effects of exercise, age and disease on immune function. Physiological demands and performance indicators of soldier load-carriage performance.
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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.