Welcome to the Human Performance Laboratory at East Carolina University
The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is an interdisciplinary research and service unit administratively housed within the College of Health and Human Performance. We hope that our website provides you a glimpse into our programs which span undergraduate to post-doctoral education, translational research, as well as service to the university and local communities.
A building series of presentations aimed at dispelling typical myths associated with exercise and human performance.
Visit "FITT Bits" Blog
A gathering place for fitness news and motivation put together by Students, Staff and Faculty in the HPL F.I.T.T. building.
June 2013 - Joe Pierce wins 1st place at ACSM in Indy
Joe Pierce won 1st place and $200 for his research poster at the Amercian College of Sports Medicine annual conference in Indianapolis, IN.
His poster presentation entitled ""INTERLEUKIN-15 AS A MYOKINE IN HUMAN OBESITY: A PILOT STUDY" was evaluated as part of the Molecular and Cellular Regulatory Mechanism Interest Group.
Co-authors in the research included Beth Cooper, masters student in Exercise Physiology at ECU and Dr. Robert Hickner, Joe's primary mentor. For more information....
Jun 2013 - Congratulations Jill Maples
Jill Maples successfully defended her dissertation entitle "METABOLIC INFLEXIBILITY IN RESPONSE TO LIPID OVERSUPPLY WITH OBESITY: EPIGENETIC MODIFICATIONS PLAY A ROLE" on June 20th 2013.
Jill's primary mentor was Dr. Joseph Houmard, Kinesiology Professor and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory.
Jun 2013 - Congratulations Steven Roseno
Steven successfully defended his thesis entitled "HIGH-FAT DIET INDUCED OBESITY INCREASES SERUM MYOSTATIN, BUT DOES NOT ACCLERATE SKELETAL MUSCLE ATROPHY" on June 17th 2013.
Steven's primary thesis mentor was Dr. Jeffrey Brault, Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology.
Jun 2013 - Congratulations Todd Weber
Todd Weber successfully defended his dissertation entitled "THE EFFECT OF CONTRACTILE ACTIVITY AND SUBSTRATE CHALLENGES ON METABOLIC FLEXIBILITY IN HUMAN PRIMARY MYOTUBES"
Todd's primary mentor was Dr. Joseph Houmard, Kinesiology Professor and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory.
May 2013 - Congratulations William Mayo
William (Bill) Mayo successfully defended his Masters thesis entitled "The Effects of Statins on Mitochondrial Function" on May 7th, 2013.
Bill is pictured to the right with his primary research mentor, Dr. Darrell Neufer, Physiology Professor and Director of the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute.