Exercise and Gastrointestinal Health Laboratory
The Exercise and Gastrointestinal Health Lab is primarily focused on the microbiome, intestinal integrity and inflammation. Exercise can mediate systemic inflammation by enhancing intestinal integrity and favorably altering the gut microbes. Our lab uses mouse models to determine the extent to which the microbes change in response to exercise, how this protects the intestinal lining and down-regulates systemic inflammation to promote health and combat disease.
Directed by Sara Campbell, Ph.D.
The primary focus of the Exercise Psychophysiology Laboratory is on the role of exercise in promoting physiological, neurocognitive, and psychological resilience. The lab uses advanced psychophysiological techniques including impedance cardiography and electroencephalography to better understand acute and chronic adaptations to exercise, and how knowledge of these adaptations can be applied to intervention development. This work is helping to elucidate mechanisms underlying the effects of exercise on mental health states (e.g., anxiety and depression). A secondary focus is on correlates of youth and adult physical activity behaviors.
Directed by Brandon Alderman, Ph.D.
The research focus of the Human Performance Laboratory deals with the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance, with an emphasis on underlying mechanisms. The most recent studies have focused on physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to optimal performance and recovery. There is also a specific interest in the potential efficacy of acute and chronic resistance training and nutritional supplements for improving functional capabilities and mental health. The Human Performance Lab is now a part of the Center for Health & Human Performance (CHHP) in the newly formed Institute for Food, Nutrition, & Health (IFNH) at Rutgers. Dr. Arent serves as the Director of the CHHP and his lab group routinely works with youth, high school, collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes in a number of sports, including soccer, hockey, football, wrestling, baseball, gymnastics, and others.
Directed by Shawn Arent, Ph. D.
Rutgers Sleep Lab was established in 2018 by Dr. Andrea Spaeth, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health. The goal of Dr. Spaeth’s research is to develop and implement effective lifestyle modification interventions related to sleep in diverse at-risk populations to promote health and wellness. Research methods utilized by The Rutgers Sleep Lab include observational studies, experiments and behavioral interventions in adolescents and young-adults.
Directed by Andrea Spaeth, Ph.D.