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Research Opportunities
Researchers in the HHPR Laboratories at Baylor University are recruiting the following study subjects:

Study 1: 20 healthy recreationally active women between the ages of 18 to 35 are being recruited for a shoulder stretching study. To learn more about the study, view the Shoulder Stretching Study Flyer.

Study 2: 30-40 healthy recreationally active males and females are being recruited for a balance training study. To learn more about the study,view the Aquatic Balance Study Flyer.


Ongoing Research

Studies currently ongoing in the EBNL:

Study 1: Effects of capsaicin and evodiamine ingestion on energy expenditure and lipid oxidation at rest and after endurance exercise in men

Study 2: The androgen receptor promoter CAG and GGN repeat polymorphisms and androgen receptor affinity binding: Effects on predisposition for muscle strength and mass accrual during heavy strength training in humans.

HHPR Laboratories


Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology

Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory


Department of Health, Human Performance, Recreation
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, TX 76798-7313
254/710-7199


Our Mission

The Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology, the Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory, and the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Laboratory are designed and equipped to provide our students with advanced academic training and practical experience in the exercise and health sciences. Our facilities provide an optimal environment for faculty and students to develop, test, and apply knowledge, skills, competencies, and to integrate their Christian worldview through service learning and research. The purposes of our laboratories are to:

Plan, research, and promote strategies and interventions to encourage and improve human health, fitness, sports, and wellness, as well as prevention. 

Foster collaborative efforts within Baylor University and the surrounding medical community to develop and implement empirically-based wellness interventions

Provide community access to affordable, state-of-the-art fitness assessments, current health information, and individualized exercise prescriptions in order to improve the human condition and reduce chronic disease risk

Enhance sports performance and athletic achievement by testing sport-specific physical characteristics and developing individualized training recommendations based on test results.

Educate clinicians to become advanced practitioners through hands-on strategies and comprehensive evidence-based practice research.


Our Facilities

Together, the Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology (BLEST) and the Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Lab (EBNL) integrate four separate facilities that are housed in the Marrs-McLean Gymnasium (MMG). These laboratories provide a collaborative environment where our HHPR faculty and students can conduct several research studies simultaneously. These facilities also allow us to deliver the very best hands-on instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in our Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training programs as well as interested students from other programs across campus.

The Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology

The BLEST, directed by Dr. Peter Grandjean, include three separate labs and over 3300 sq ft of functional space. The Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Health Appraisal Lab (MMG 127) is a 2000 sq ft, split-floor room.

Lab Cardiopulmonary Assessment

The first floor is equipped with a variety of exercise ergometers (e.g., treadmills, cycle ergometers, recumbent cycles, elliptical trainers, upper-body ergometers), Quinton® electrocardiography and stress-testing systems, MedGraphics™ automated open-loop spirometry, and the latest Parvo-Medics® respiratory gas analysis equipment. This equipment enables us to determine cardiorespiratory fitness and aerobic power; blood pressure, heart rate, electrocardiographic and other hemodynamic responses to exercise; pulmonary function at rest and during exertion; and, exercise energy expenditure using the latest technology. In addition, Biodex® and Neurocom® systems are used to assess functional strength, endurance, balance, and mobility. The Administrative Associate, Mrs. Beth Davis, and our doctoral student offices are located in the second-floor loft.

The Resistance Testing and Training Lab (MMG 120) is a fully-equipped weight room with a variety of free weights and Cybex™, Body Masters™, and Nebula™ machines.

Lab Resistance Training & Testing

The resistance equipment provides us the ability to test muscular strength and endurance with single-and multi-joint exercises. Resistance training – as part of research and outreach activities - is conducted in this facility. This facility also serves as a place to introduce and develop specific instruction techniques for monitoring individualized resistance training interventions.

The Body Composition and Resting Energy Expenditure Lab (MMG 233.11) is equipped with a state-of-the-art Hologic™ dual x-ray absorptiometer (DXA) for estimating body composition and bone density.

Lab Body Comp & Resting Energy Expenditure

Body composition may also be estimated using bioelectrical impedance and skin fold techniques. Two Parvo-Medics® respiratory gas analysis systems are dedicated to assessing resting energy expenditure. Together, the measurements of body composition and energy expenditure provide important information for formulating specific exercise interventions and monitoring weight loss programs.

BLEST Testing & Assessment Capabilities

  • Anaerobic Capacity Testing (Lode® Excalibur system)
  • Blood Collection & Assessment (clinical chemistries: metabolic and lipid panels, electrolytes, kidney and liver function, CBC and differentials, hormone analyses, etc.)
  • Body Composition and Bone Density Assessment (dual x-ray absorptiometry, BIA)
  • Cardiopulmonary/ECG Exercise Stress Testing
  • Exercise Prescription and Training
  • Metabolic Stress Testing (oral glucose tolerance, measures of post-prandial lipemia)
  • Nutrition Analysis
  • Respiratory Gas Analysis (resting and maximum oxygen consumption, ventilatory threshold testing, resting and exercise energy expenditure)
  • Sports-Specific Endurance Performance Testing (treadmill and cycle ergometry)
  • Strength Testing (Isokinetic & Isotonic)
  • Total Body Water Assessment (BIA)
  • Vascular Health (Ultrasonographic measures of blood flow and vasodilation)

The Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory

EBNL Willoughby Pict

The EBNL, directed by Dr. Darryn Willoughby, is set up to process, store, and analyze blood, urine, and muscle tissue samples collected in various studies. Additionally, the EBNL is equipped with a number of biochemistry analyzers that can assay muscle tissue and various substrates, hormones, and gene expression (e.g., spectrophotometers, automated plate reader, multi-plex bead array, automated electrophoresis, HPLC, real time PCR, automated hematology, gene microarray system, automated DNA sequencer/analyzer, etc). The EBNL has the capacity to conduct a vast array of biochemical and molecular biology techniques used in exercise physiology and nutrition research.

EBNL Testing & Assessment Capabilities

  • Real-Time Quantitative PCR (iCycler System, Bio-Rad)
  • Multi-Imager for UV-Vis (Chemi-Doc System, Bio-Rad)
  • Automated DNA Sequencing (ABI Prism 310, Applied Bio-Systems)
  • Protein Array Analysis (Bio-Plex System, Bio-Rad)
  • Microplate Analysis (xMark System, Bio-Rad)
  • Automated Protein/Nucleotide Electrophoresis (Experion System, Bio-Rad)
  • Tissue Histochemistry and Photomicroscopy (Canon System)
  • Hematology Analyzer (Sysmex Sytem)
  • Urine Analyzer (Clinitek System, Bayer)

Our Faculty, Students, and Staff

Peter W. Grandjean, PhD, FACSM, Director of BLEST and Center for Healthy Living (Associate Professor, HHPR)

Darryn S. Willoughby, PhD, FACSM, FISSN, FASEP, Director of EBNL (Associate Professor, HHPR)

Beth Davis, Administrative Associate

   Doctoral Candidates

Laurel Littlefield, MS
Mike Spillane, MS

   Doctoral Research Assistants

Zach Papadakis, MS
Jin Park, MS
Rhett Rigby, MS
Neil Schwarz, MS

   Affiliated Faculty

Rodney Bowden, PhD (Professor, HHPR, Quality of Life)
Eva Doyle, PhD, CHES (Professor, HHPR, Community Health)
Deborah Johnston, PhD (Associate Professor, HHPR, Exercise Physiology)
Paul La Bounty, PhD (Assistant Professor, HHPR, Exercise Physiology, PT)
Beth Lanning, PhD, CHES (Associate Professor, HHPR, Community Health)
Brian Leutholtz, PhD, FACSM (Professor, HHPR, Clinical Exercise Physiology)
Joe Shim, PhD (Associate Professor, HHPR, Motor Behavior)
Renee Umstattd (Assistant Professor, HHPR, Physical Activity Behavior)

The HHPR faculty is dedicated to high-quality internally and/or externally funded research primarily on human participants. The majority of our research efforts are aimed at investigating the independent and combined effects of exercise and nutrition on health and human performance. HHPR faculty actively seek and have been highly effective in obtaining research grants from public and private entities to fund independent research studies on a variety of exercise, nutrient, supplement, and pharmaceutical interventions. HHPR faculty welcome collaborative research endeavors with private industry to sponsor university-based research studies on the safety and efficacy of their products. For more information on HHPR faculty and their research expertise, visit: http://www.baylor.edu/soe/faculty/ and http://www.baylor.edu/soe/hhpr/index.php?id=77403