Neuroscience, Physiology, and Occupational Science

Researcher Information


Carolyn Duncan

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
SDC 121A

Research Interests

  • Mobility and postural control in aging and special populations
  • Ergonomics and design of built environments for special populations

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Kevin Trewartha

Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Meese Center 211

Aging, Cognition, and Action Lab

The Aging, Cognition, and Action Lab is focused on understanding the nature of changes in cognitive function and motor behavior in healthy aging and dementia.

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Erich Petushek

Assistant Professor, Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Harold Meese 207

Research Interests

Research program aims to train individuals in methods that reduce modifiable health disorders and health disparities, while promoting community health engagement and applied science innovation.

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Ashutosh Tiwari

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Chem Sci 402B

Tiwari Research Group

The Tiwari Research Group aims to better understand the link between distinctly aggregated protein structures and their associated cellular toxicity.

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John Durocher

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Dow 735

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Applied Human Physiology
  • Autonomic Regulation of Arterial Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Health

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Qinghui Chen

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
SDC 231/Dow 407

The Chen Lab

The Chen Lab focuses on how autonomic neurons of the hypothalamus, particularly the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) is involved in the development of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension.

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Lydia Lytle

Undergraduate Internship Coordinator and Lecturer, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
SDC 230

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Chronic Pain and Addiction Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Professional Career Preparation
  • Motor Development

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Traci Yu

Research Assistant Professor
Dow 528

Research Interests

  • Brain and Behavior
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Reward-Guided Learning

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Zhiying (Jenny) Shan

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Dow 501

Research Interests

  • Central Mechanism of Salt Sensitive Hypertension
  • Brain Prorenin Receptor and Hypertension
  • Brain Orexin System and Hypertension
  • Stress and Neuroinflammation and Hypertension

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Bill Cooke

Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Preventative and Community Health, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
SDC 236D

Research Interests

  • Autonomic Cardiovascular Control in Humans
  • Orthostatic and Simulated Orthostatic Stress
  • Exercise Interventions for Obesity, Diabetes, and Hypertension

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Steven Elmer

Steven J. Elmer

    • Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrated Physiology

      Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

      Affiliated Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

    • 906-487-2324
    • SDC 121B


Research Interests

  • Adaptations to exercise training
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Skeletal muscle function
  • Cycling biomechanics
  • Physiology education

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