About the Lab

The Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences is dedicated to improving human health through research into basic physiological processes.  Current research projects focus on investigating specific mechanisms underlying the positive health effects of physical activity and the adverse health effects of mental stress and physical inactivity.  At present, there is an emphasis on examining cellular pathways associated with inflammation and vascular vasodilatory capacity in response to acute physical and mental challenges.

An important mission of the Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory is both graduate and undergraduate education in the physiological sciences.  Students from the Rehabilitation and Movement Science and Health and Movement Science program conduct their thesis and dissertation experiments in the laboratory.  The laboratory has four primary faculty members from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, as well as faculty collaborators from the departments of Biology, Pediatrics, Psychology, and Surgery.

The Exercise Physiology Research Lab is located at the 500 Academic Center building on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Our address is 1020 West Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223 Questions? Email one of our lab’s co-directors: Dr. Lee Franco (francorl@vcu.edu) Dr. Ryan Garten (rsgarten@vcu.edu)

Subject Volunteer Form

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Internship Application Form

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