Exercise Science Laboratory

The laboratory is located at 520 Behrakis Health Sciences Center. The 2000 square foot facility is equipped with the state-of-art technology for teaching and research in exercise science. The laboratory is dedicated to applying the practical skills and cutting-edge research to evaluate the effects of exercise and physical activity on health, disease, and human performance. The laboratory is equipped to conduct major functional and performance assessments, including:

Assessment of Cardiopulmonary Function and Aerobic Capacity

  • Four stress testing stations
  • Two Cosmed CPET metabolic carts for gas exchange analysis & 12-lead stress testing ECG
  • Two GE 12-lead exercise ECG systems

Body composition/bone density evaluation
Body Composition

  • Underwater weighing system
  • GE Luna Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Omron Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)
  • Lange Skinfold Calipers

Anaerobic power assessment

Anaerobic power assessment

  • Wingate testing station
    • Computerized Monark cycle ergometer
    • Lactate Plus blood lactate analyzer
    • Polar heart rate monitors

Wingate testing
This test is used to assess how much power the muscles can generate in a short amount of time. The subject will be asked to do a 30-second bout of pedaling as fast as he/she can on a stationary bike while a predetermined amount of resistance is applied to the bike, making it hard to pedal.

Skeletal muscle strength and endurance analysis

Muscle StrengthSkeletal muscle strength and endurance analysis

  • Keiser strength and power equipment
  • Cybex upper and lower body equipments

Skeletal muscle strength and endurance can be analyzed with a group of muscle function tests, including isokinetic test using Cybex, power test, and 1RM test.

Muscle biopsy for histochemical and protein analysis

Muscle BiopsyMuscle biopsy procedures
These procedures are taken to investigate molecular structures and biomarkers after participants complete a research study. Observations are being made as to whether there are specific biomarkers that can be found in muscle tissue, blood, and urine samples after a given protocol.

Blood/urine Processing and Phlebotomy
Blood Urine
Blood Urine
Blood Urine
Assessment of physical activity patterns from wearable sensors

Detecting Physical Activity Patterns from Wearable Sensors
The purpose of this research is to determine the possibility of using sensors of various types and placed at various body locations to assess physical activity using algorithms that run on mobile phones. This work will lead to a better understanding of the opportunities to detect physical activity during everyday life using mobile technology and create new “just-in-time” interventions that respond to that behavior.

Physical Activity Patterns
Physical Activity Patterns
Physical Activity Patterns
Vascular Structure and Function

  • Sonosite Micromaxx Portable Ultrasound machine with dual imaging and color Doppler
  • HFL38 trasducer wand( 13-6 Mhz scan depth)

We regularly conduct these tests on different populations, including athletes, participants, children, older adults and special populations with frailty, sarcopenia, or chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular complications. Graduate and undergraduate students use the laboratory to conduct directed studies and capstone and thesis projects. Our students work closely with faculty and laboratory staff to obtain hands-on skills and research experiences in physical activity and public health. A novel aspect of the lab is the multi-disciplinary nature of research that is conducted and encouraged.

Contact Information

Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, MD, PhD
Program Director
316 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617-373-5543


Carmen C. Sceppa

Carmen Sceppa
Program Director

Dinesh John

Dinesh John

Rui Li

Rui Li

Annemarie C. Sullivan

Annemarie Sullivan

Stephen Intille

Stephen Intille

Gregory Cloutier

Gregory Cloutier
Project Manager

William Jay Gillespie, Professor Emeritus