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Arnold School of Public Health

Exercise Science

The Department of Exercise Science (EXSC) is known for our expertise is several research areas. Our laboratories, research groups, and centers are organized by our three divisions: Applied Physiology, Health Aspects of Physical Activity, and Rehabilitation Sciences. 

Division of Applied Physiology

Clinical Exercise Research Center

CERC is equipped for state-of-the-art measurement of metabolic and cardiorespiratory responses and adaptations to exercise in human subjects. A fully automated system for measurement of metabolism is included. This facility is also equipped with the state-of-the-art DEXA machine for body composition and bone mineral analysis. We have full phlebotomy capability and provides assay analyses. This facility provides an important resource for conducting undergraduate and graduate student research projects.

FLEX Lab (Sarzynski)

The goal of the Foundations of Lipids and EXercise (FLEX) Lab is to better predict which individuals are most likely to benefit from regular exercise in the prevention & treatment of cardiometabolic risk factors by identifying biomarkers and mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of exercise. The ultimate goal is create tailored/personalized exercise therapies towards specific health outcomes or patient subsets (i.e., precision exercise medicine).

Human Metabolism Laboratory (Xuewen Wang)

The Human Metabolism Laboratory conducts observational and interventional studies of obesity, body composition, energy expenditure, and insulin sensitivity, and uses stable isotope tracers to study metabolism in vivo. Current projects focus on the effects of exercise intervention in women and older adults.

Women's Vascular Health Lab (Abbi Lane-Cordova)

The goal of the Women's Vascular Health Lab is to better understand the development of heart disease in women and interrupt the development of heart disease in women with targeted interventions.


Division of Health Aspects of Physical Activity



Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Rehab Lab (Alicia Flach, Stacy Fritz, Elizabeth Regan)

This group of faculty in the Rehab Lab at the University of South Carolina are Physical Therapists who investigate changes in physical functional and health primarily for those with neurological diagnosis such as those with Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, and Multiple Sclerosis.  We are principally interested in physical activity and physical therapy interventions to improve mobility and quality of life.

Sensory Motor Assessment and Robotic Technology Laboratory (Troy Herter)

The goal of the SMART Lab is to improve assessment and treatment of neurological impairments by using robotic and eye tracking technology to develop objective, quantitative measures of sensory, motor and cognitive function. 

Motor Behavior and Neuroimaging Laboratory (Jill Stewart)

The overall goal of the Motor Behavior and Neuroimaging Laboratory is to develop novel, effective, and individualized treatments to improve motor function and quality of life after stroke. To achieve this goal, our research focuses on the brain-behavior relationship during the control and learning of skilled motor tasks using detailed measures of movement (kinematics, EMG) and brain structure and function (functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging) combined with clinical measures of impairment, function, and quality of life.

Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory (Sheri Silfies)

The goal of the lab is to investigate neural and mechanical mechanism of movement and postural control by combining neuroscience and biomechanics. Our research focuses on the mechanism underlying movement impairment associated with musculoskeletal injury and persistent pain.

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