Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Focus Areas and Labs

All of our researchers have graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Our graduate students can pursue an MS in Kinesiology, a PhD in Integrative Physiology, a PhD through Biological Sciences, Human Factors, or Physical Therapy. To learn more about possible research assistant opportunities, visit our employment page or email us at

Research in Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology focuses on these areas:

Student operating equiptment in the Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

Researchers in the Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory aim to understand how the central autonomic nervous system regulates cardiovascular function and body fluid and sodium homeostasis. The focus of our research is to identify the neural mechanisms of sympathetic activation in cardiovascular diseases.

Researcher examining a student in the Integrative Physiology lab

Integrative Physiology Research Lab

Research in the Integrative Physiology Laboratory primarily focuses on neural control of circulation in humans. These studies aim to better understand the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and orthostatic hypotension, with the goal of uncovering methods for reducing their incidence.

Two scientists working in the Molecular Physiology lab

Molecular Physiology

Research in the Molecular Physiology Laboratory (MPL) focuses on the neurogenic mechanisms of hypertension and associated cardiovascular diseases with particular emphasis on developing novel targets for disease treatment and management.

Student laying down hooked to monitors while sleeping

Sleep Research

Researchers in the Sleep Research Laboratory aim to incorporate sleep as a key variable on cardiovascular health. The current focus is studying the association between sleep, muscle sympathetic nerve activity, and neurovascular control following binge alcohol consumption, chronic insomnia, and sleep extension.