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IPREP: The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program

Center for Research and Learning
911 West North Street
University Tower (HO), Suite 202
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-8880


The Indiana University-Purdue University Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (IPREP) prepares recent college graduates, who are students from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged populations, for admission to graduate programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. IPREP is funded through the National Institutes of Health and draws on the programmatic and research strengths of the major health and life sciences campus of IUPUI. Training is provided in biomedical engineering, clinical psychology, human performance and kinesiology, medical neuroscience and addiction neuroscience toward the goal of matriculation into these graduate programs. The long-term goal of IPREP is to improve diversity in the community of graduate students and faculty for these five targeted Ph.D. programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Please note, that your application must be submitted before March 1st.

The IPREP: IUPUI Graduate Preparation for Biomedical and Behavioral Science is supported through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences program, grant number 1R25GM109432.


Program Benefits

IPREP prepares students for successful graduate careers through an intensive research internship coupled with a rigorous and individualized academic and professional personal development plan.  IPREP-fellows are provided at least twelve months of paid research experience working with an active faculty research mentor in an area relevant to the individual’s career interests. This research internship will begin with several brief rotations through the available research programs to ensure the best fit between fellows and mentors. Trans-disciplinary work is emphasized through frequent interaction of the IPREP fellows, their research mentors and other members of the IPREP support staff.  Professional development activities are structured to build the fellows’ strengths in those areas determined to be most important for successful admission to the targeted graduate programs. Activities may include improving analytical ability, writing skills, oral expression, or basic laboratory skills. IPREP fellows earn a competitive salary of $27,200 and receive health insurance and benefits. Fellows are eligible for travel funds to attend national scientific conferences.

IPREP Fellows Receive:

  • An intensive year-long mentored research experience in a cutting edge lab on the major health and life sciences campus in Indiana.
  • A personalized professional development plan geared toward successful admission in a competitive biomedical or behavioral science graduate program
  • A competitive salary with healthcare and benefits
  • Opportunities to improve on skills needed to be successful in academic and professional life
  • Support for travel to national research meetings
  • Assistance with application to select graduate programs in biomedical and behavioral sciences








Prospective Fellows

Eligibility Information for IPREP

To be considered for the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP) you must meet the following criteria.
  • Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident.
  • You must be a member of a group traditionally under-represented in the biomedical sciences. Typically these groups include, Hispanic, Native American/American Indian, African-American, native of the US Pacific Islands, individuals with disabilities or disadvantaged background (socially, culturally, economically or educationally).
  • You must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree within the 36 months prior to the time of acceptance into the Program.
  • You must be committed to carrying out research that will help to reduce health disparities.
  • Have a tangible need to complete an additional year of training before applying to graduate school. This might arise from the applicant having little or no research laboratory experience; or from an applicant wishing to pursue a degree in a field distinct from that in which you received your Bachelor’s training.
  • Be willing to participate in a group training program that is designed to enhance your research education and career development.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0).


IPREP Roster

IPREP Class of 2014

This is the 2014 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP) Fellows list.
IPREP Fellows Roster
Sage Morgan Bates Bio

- B.A. Psychology
- Purdue University (at IUPUI)
- Class of 2014
- Research Interest: Clinical Psychology






Michel Anthony Companion Bio

- B.S. Neuroscience & Psychology Minor in Biology
- Purdue University (at IUPUI)
- Class of 2014
- Research Interest: Addiction Neuroscience






Ross Michael Nelson Bio

- B.S. Neuroscience
- B.A Creative writing
- Minor in Biology
- Purdue University
- Class of 2013
- Research Interest: Medical Neuroscience





Alan B. Tyson II Bio

- B.S General Science
- B.S. Music Technology
- Morehouse College
- Indiana University (at IUPUI)
- Class of 2013
- Research Interest: Addiction Neuroscience






Application Materials

Entry into the IPREP is competitive and based on academic credentials, as well as research experience, research interests, and career plans.

Positions are filled as suitable applications are received so it is advised to apply as early as possible.

The application consists of three elements:

-Application Form: to be submitted by the applicant using the appropriate link below before March 1st

-Letter of Recommendation: we request that the names and contact information for two (2) letters of recommendation. Your references should be from previous professors, research mentors, or individuals who can comment on the applicant's passion and commitment to research and pursuing a graduate degree in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. IPREP staff will contact the references for their letters, but the applicant should inform the recommender's that they will be contacted.

-Transcripts: Transcripts from the applicant's baccalaureate institution(s) and any other post-baccalaureate education or training should be submitted to

Applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2015.




The mission of IPREP is to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. To accomplish this mission, we will undertake the following specific aims that will provide the necessary research and career development skills needed to make our students more competitive and resilient.

  1. Establish a program that will provide opportunities for recent baccalaureate-degree graduates from underrepresented groups to obtain the research experience needed to gain admission to, and success in, a competitive and research-intensive biomedical and behavioral science Ph.D. program.
  2. Establish a program that will provide opportunities for the IPREP students to strengthen professional skills that are needed to survive in a competitive biomedical research Ph.D. programs.
  3. The IPREP: IUPUI Graduate Preparation for Biomedical and Behavioral Science is supported through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences program, grant number 1R25GM109432.


Contact Info

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-2800
phone: (317) 274-8880
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IPREP: The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program


David B. Burr, Ph.D. – Program Director (Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research): Prof. Burr is the program director and is responsible for the overall direction of the project. He has over 35 years of expertise in bone structure and function and its relation to physiology and disease. He served on the Executive Committee for the Bridges to the Doctorate Program, and has mentored several students from Jackson State University in his laboratory. In addition, he has served on 45 graduate student thesis committees. In 2010, he was honored with the ASBMR Gideon A. Rodan Excellence in Mentorship Award for his work with both students and junior faculty. He is principally responsible for ensuring that all program objectives are met in a timely manner, for the recruitment and selection of program participants, and for reporting.
Richard E. Ward, Ph.D. – Associate Program Director (Executive Director of the Center for Research and Learning, Professor of Anthropology and of Dentistry): Prof. Ward has over 30 years of experience in bio-medical anthropology and has worked with the CRL since its inception. He was appointed to the position of Executive Director in 2011 and served as the Director for the Ronald E McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement program through 2012. The CRL provides research programs and scholarships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. As program co-director, Prof. Ward is responsible for overall program organization and implementation, program personnel reporting, resolving participant-mentor grievance, student recruitment and selection, and meeting on a regular basis with PREP participants.

Rafael E. Bahamonde, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison Coordinator (Associate Dean, IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management; Professor of Physical Education): Prof. Bahamonde has over 20 years of experience in human performance and kinesiology research. He has won many teaching awards and has mentored 14 undergraduates in programs such as the Diversity Research Scholars Program (DRSP), the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), and the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Program. In 2010 he was honored by the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning with the Director’s Mentoring Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring of Undergraduate Research for his work in mentoring undergraduates. As faculty liaison coordinator, Prof. Bahamonde is responsible for faculty mentor training and coordination across the five target programs.

Kim Nguyen, Ed.D. – Coordinator of Recruitment for IPREP (Director for the Urban Center for the Advancement of Science / Mathematics Education-UCASE; Director for the IUPUI the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation-LSAMP), Co-Director of the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Funds): Dr. Nguyen has many years of experience as the Assistant Dean for enrollment in the IUPUI School of Science and Assistant Director of Student Financial Aid at multiple institutions including Ivy Tech and IUPUI. Her expertise will direct recruitment strategies for the proposed program to attract high-quality URM participants.

Janice S. Blum, Ph.D. – Coordinator of Graduate School Preparation and Application Activities (IUPUI Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education; Associate Dean of the Graduate School for Indiana University): Dr. Blum has been actively involved in student education and mentoring including the development of innovative programs to help bring diverse students to IU for graduate and professional training. She has served on the advisory board of the IU Bridges to the Doctorate program since its inception over ten years ago, received the campus’ highest recognition the Bynum mentoring award for her work with undergraduate and graduate students from under-represented groups, and currently directs an NIH T32 training program for graduate students. She will coordinate training of participants in applying to graduate schools and facilitate efforts to move IPREP scholars into competitive Ph.D. programs on this or other campuses.

Vicki Bonds, M.S., M.Ed. – Program Coordinator (Program Leader of Diversity Scholars Research, Bridges to the Baccalaureate, McNair Post-baccalaureate, and IU Simon Cancer Center summer research programs): As program leader of three of the top research mentorship programs at IUPUI, Ms. Bonds has extensive experience assisting students, particularly URMs, to ensure successful completion of program requirements. She works closely with Prof. Ward to monitor program success. As program coordinator for the proposed project, Ms. Bonds is responsible for day-to-day operations; processing applications; developing individual development programs for each participant; serving as an advocate for the participants; ensuring consistency in mentoring experiences; monitoring short- and long-term student progress and success; maintaining the program database; tracking budget expenditures; facilitating group activities such as seminars and journal clubs; and connecting students with other student and URM programs and activities on the IUPUI campus.

Michele J. Hansen, Ph.D. – Internal Program Evaluator (Executive Director of Research, Planning, and Evaluation; Associate Professor of Psychology): Prof. Hansen has nearly ten years of experience facilitating the use of assessment activities to enhance student learning, academic success, and degree attainment; consulting with units in the development and implementation of academic program assessment plans; analyzing, interpreting, and communicating assessment findings; and designing and conducting internal educational activities on best practices and methodologies of learning outcomes assessment and program evaluation. As internal program evaluator, Prof. Hansen conducts monthly formative program assessments to ensure that program progress aligns with project aims and desired outcomes.


IPREP: Targeted IUPUI Biomedical and Behavioral Science Programs and Faculty Mentors

  • Medical Neuroscience
  • Addiction Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human Performance
  • Medical Neuroscience The Medical Neuroscience program is an inter-departmental program in the IU School of Medicine and administered through the Department of Psychiatry. The program is housed at the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, a $16M state-of-the-art research facility that houses researchers from a variety of disciplines and focuses on applying advances in molecular, genetic and imaging technologies to fundamental questions about brain function, dysfunction and development. There is substantial interaction and collaboration among the faculty and students of the Psychobiology and Medical Neuroscience programs, even though the two programs have separate missions and grant independent degrees. Mutually complementary classes are offered by the two programs, and cross-over of students taking classes offered by the other program is commonplace. Faculty selected as IPREP mentors in the Medical Neuroscience program are:

    • Andy Hudmon, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison (Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology): Professor Hudmon’s research efforts are concentrated on elucidating how protein kinases function to form signaling modules. By combining traditional biochemical and biophysical techniques in conjunction with fluorescent imaging approaches he is able to identify novel protein interactions and regulatory mechanisms that underlie synaptic function and plasticity in the nervous system.
    • Gerry Oxford, Ph.D. (Executive Director of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology): Professor Oxford’s research focuses on the mechanisms by which ion channels control the passage of Na+, K+, and Ca2+ ions across neuronal cell membranes to regulate neurotransmitter and hormone secretion and pain sensation. The lab employs patch clamp electrophysiology, ion currents, and single channel events combined with biochemistry, molecular mutagenesis, and novel digital image analyses to measure intracellular ions and secretory activity from neurons.
    • Michael Vasko, Ph.D. (Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Paul Stark Professor of Pharmacology): Professor Vasko’s laboratory examines the cellular mechanisms that mediate peripheral sensitizations that occur secondary to inflammation. Studies center on elucidating the signal transduction cascades that mediate an increase in transmitter release produced by inflammatory mediators and on determining the targets for post translational modification after activation of various transduction cascades.
    • Theodore Cummins, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology): Professor Cummins studies the biophysics of sodium ion channels and their role in neurological diseases such as epilepsy. Using electrophysiological, molecular biological and computer modeling techniques, he strives to develop a better understanding of the roles that ion channels in play in pathophysiological conditions and to develop strategies for the treatment of neurological disorders that involve ion channels.
    • Xiao-Ming Xu, Ph.D. (Vice Chair for Research of Neurological Surgery, Professor and Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology): Professor Xu’s laboratory studies the mechanisms underlying spinal cord injury (SCI), develops novel repair strategies in experimental models of SCI, and translates effective treatments from animal models to humans. The lab investigates novel molecules that may play a central role in mediating multiple injury insults during the course of secondary injury after an initial trauma and use cellular transplantation to promote axonal SCI regeneration.
    • Andy Saykin, Psy.D. (Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology, Director of the IU Center for Neuroimaging): Professor Saykin’s research program focuses on mechanisms of memory dysfunction and treatment response in several neurological and psychiatric disorders. Current projects examine advanced imaging methods and phenotypic markers for early preclinical detection of Alzheimer's disease, the neural basis of cancer chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes, and alterations in brain activity and connectivity in schizophrenia.

    Addiction Neuroscience The Addiction Neuroscience program emphasizes the acquisition of the methods, theories, and knowledge of behavioral neuroscience, focusing on addictive behavior and substance abuse. The range of addictive behaviors in the general population is broad and varied in severity. However, regardless of the addiction all are ultimately defined by behavioral measures that have both biological and environmental causes as well as genetic influences and neurobiological adaptations. Although most of the current and past students have worked using animal models of addictive behavior, an important training goal is to generate basic scientists who are highly trained within this multidisciplinary spectrum that includes both Behavioral Science and Neuroscience. Faculty selected as IPREP mentors in the Addiction Neuroscience program are:

    • Stephen Boehm II, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison (Associate Professor of Psychology): Professor Boehm’s laboratory seeks to understand how developmental and genetic factors influence (and are influenced by) loss of control over alcohol intake using site-specific microinjection into discrete brain regions of mice and real-time PCR analysis of relative mRNA expression across mouse brain structures. Information will elucidate how neurotransmitter systems are engaged by binge alcohol drinking and the behavioral/brain mechanisms associated with binge alcohol consumption in humans.
    • Cristine Czachowski, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Psychology): Professor Czachowski uses an animal model to better understand the processes by which humans regulate alcohol consumption. Her model closely approximates human alcohol-drinking: from the onset of a drinking episode, which starts with obtaining alcohol, to the termination of that particular drinking binge. She is using this model to assess both drug treatments and basic neuroanatomically active agents to characterize the pharmacology and neural circuitry of alcohol reinforcement.
    • Charles Goodlett, Ph.D. (Professor of Psychology): Professor Goodlett’s research focuses on the damaging effects of alcohol on the developing brain, using quantitative neuroanatomy, immunocytochemistry, and behavioral methods in an animal model of human fetal exposure. His lab is studying underlying deficits in cellular neuroplasticity in the cerebellar-brain stem circuit that mediate eyeblink conditioning to show that acrobatic motor training in adulthood can stimulate brain synaptic morphological plasticity and ameliorate some of the behavioral deficits resulting from the brain damage induced by early alcohol exposure.
    • Nicholas Grahame, Ph.D.(Associate Professor of Psychology): Professor Grahame’s laboratory focuses on the behavioral genetics of alcohol seeking behavior through research on behavioral markers that characterize differences in the likelihood that animal models will seek the pharmacologic effects of alcohol. We also assess neural circuits underlying how genes and environment interact in producing alcohol-related behaviors. Using these animal models, Professor Grahame’s ultimate goal is to identify treatments for alcoholism based on the latest understanding of the behavioral and genetic mechanisms that lie at the heart of the disease.

    Clinical Psychology The Clinical Psychology program subscribes to a clinical science model of training that includes strong research training in conjunction with empirically-based practicum experiences. It provides training in two areas: clinical health psychology and severe mental illness/psychiatric rehabilitation to integrate the assessment and intervention strategies of empirically-based clinical psychology with health/rehabilitation psychology's emphasis on optimizing the adaptation of persons with chronic, disabling medical conditions. The program addresses the psychological and social consequences of physical and mental disabilities through the acquisition of the methods, theories, and knowledge of behavioral science along with the practitioner skills of clinical psychology. As scientists, Clinical Psychology faculty study behaviors, experiences, and attitudes of persons with disabilities and their families, and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment interventions. As practitioners, they assess individuals and their environment, plan and implement psychosocial interventions, and monitor their progress over time. Specific research projects for the selected IPREP faculty mentors are as follows:

    • John McGrew, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison (Professor of Psychology): Professor McGrew’s primary interests are in the evaluation of Assertive Community Treatment. His lab continues study the processes of dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice, including the fidelity of implementation. In autism research, he and collaborators have developed and tested a structured consulting model to identify relevant social/life goals and the best practice models to achieve them when creating the Individualized Educational Plan for children with autism.
    • Melissa Cyders, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychology): Professor Cyders’ research focuses on the integration of extreme emotional states with impulsive behaviors and the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie such behaviors. Her research team examines, and seeks to predict, how such tendencies increase likelihood for a wide range of maladaptive risk taking, including alcohol use, binge eating, sexting, gambling, and risky sexual practices.
    • Adam Hirsh, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychology): The laboratory of Professor Hirsh conducts research on the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and functioning in humans. Researchers there use virtual human technology to investigate how providers make pain assessment and treatment decisions to determine the mechanisms that underlie disparities in pain care. A second line of research examines how psychological constructs, such as pain-related fear and catastrophizing, influence the experience of pain using stimuli to induce pain in healthy and clinical populations.
    • Cathy Mosher, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychology): Professor Mosher and her laboratory focus on the development and evaluation of behavioral and psychosocial interventions to improve the physical and psychological adjustment of cancer patients and their family caregivers. Current observational research examines the psychosocial, practical, and health maintenance needs, barriers to support service use, and support service preferences of lung cancer patients and their family caregivers in preparation for intervention development.
    • Michelle Salyers, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Psychology): Professor Salyers’ laboratory studies psychiatric rehabilitation, focusing on adults with severe mental illnesses. The lab has been developing and testing the Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) program, an intervention designed to help consumers become active collaborators in illness management. The laboratory provides training and consultation, measures program fidelity and consumer outcomes, and works with policy makers to help establish funding that will encourage evidence-based practice.
    • Jesse Stewart, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Psychology): Professor Stewart is interested in understanding the influence of psychosocial factors on health-relevant processes and outcomes. He is currently studying the emotional risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) to determine which are the most cardiotoxic and cardioprotective, what physiological or behavioral mechanisms explain the effect of emotional factors on cardiovascular health and the efficacy of the treatment of negative emotional factors to reduce CVD risk.

    Biomedical Engineering The Biomedical Engineering program focuses on the application of modern molecular biology and genetics to engineering problems. Department faculty represent a diverse range of expertise, including orthopaedic biomechanics, cardiovascular instrumentation, medical imaging, biomaterials, molecular engineering, biosensors, neurosciences, and tissue engineering. Research efforts currently focus on cardiovascular biomechanics, mechanobiology, biomaterials research, imaging, and neurosciences to further health detection and treatment technologies. Faculty selected as IPREP mentors in the Biomedical Engineering program are:

    • Edward J. Berbari, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison (Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine): Professor Berbari is the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and conducts research on cardiac electrophysiology, biomedical engineering and instrumentation, and signal processing.
    • Julie Ji, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering): Professor Ji’s laboratory is currently studying the effect of substrates on endothelial mechano-transduction in order to fully understand how multiple mechanical cues can influence endothelial functions. Using techniques such as gene manipulation, protein analysis, and fluorescent confocal imaging, analysis of structural activities are done at the cellular and sub-cellular scale in response to external forces.
    • Chien-Chi Lin, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering): Professor Lin and his laboratory studies the design of multi-functional polymeric biomaterials as platforms for releasing therapeutically relevant agents and for delivering adult and stem/progenitor cells for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. The laboratory utilizes a variety of bioconjugation techniques to fabricate functional biomaterials with key cell fate processes, including differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis.
    • John Schild, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering): Professor Schild's research studies the roles that ion channels in play in pathophysiological conditions associated with sensory afferent excitability to develop better methodologies for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders that involve ion channels. His lab utilizes a combination of experimental and computational techniques in developing a functional understanding of how individual cardiac sensory neurons and brainstem neural circuits encode and process cardiovascular information.
    • Joseph Wallace, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering): Professor Wallace’s laboratory seeks to understand how mechanical and biological factors influence the assembly, organization and mechanical integrity of bone throughout the tissue’s hierarchy. The laboratory focuses on tying morphology and composition to mechanical function at discrete size scales throughout bone’s hierarchical structure by investigating structure/function relationships at discrete hierarchical levels to elucidate the link between biology and mechanics.
    • Hiroki Yokota, Ph.D. (Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Adjunct Professor Anatomy and Cell Biology): Professor Yokota and his laboratory are engaged in biomechanics and systems biology, focusing on how bone and joint tissues respond to mechanical stimulation and induce various molecular signaling pathways. In particular, they have been investigating the effects of mechanical loads on remodeling of bone as well as maintenance of joint tissues using animal models and cultured cells.

    Human Performance Exercise science is the study of physiology and functional adaptations to movement. Preventative practices are gaining favor over the traditional treatment approach to health care in the U.S. because they not only improve overall health and quality of life, but also are much more cost effective than the treatment required for diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle. With the growing awareness that exercise plays a role beyond traditional areas such as athletic performance and K-12 education, graduate students pursue careers in health and wellness settings, become exercise specialists and personal trainers, and expand their knowledge base as higher-level educators. Three areas of study can be chosen for the Ph.D. degree in Human Performance at Indiana University: biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor control/motor learning. Faculty selected as IPREP mentors in the Human Performance program are:

    • Rafael Bahamonde, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison – (Associate Dean of the IU School of Physical Education & Tourism Management, Professor of Physical Education): Professor Bahamonde’s area of research is the biomechanics of human locomotion, specifically the relationship of leg dominance on injuries of the lower extremity, gait analysis of orthopedics conditions and diseases, and the use of wireless sensors technology to track human motion.
    • Anthony Kaleth, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Kinesiology): Professor Kaleth’s research efforts and clinical experiences involve exercise testing, exercise/physical activity programming, and health/fitness outcome evaluation for individuals diagnosed with obesity-related disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea and fibromyalgia. Current research in collaboration with the IUSM is aimed at determining the effects of vibration exercise on blood biomarkers of cardiovascular health.
    • Nicole Keith, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Kinesiology): Professor Keith is in the fourth year of a NHBLI K-award for training in health disparities research. She has experience in the development of community exercise and health promotion programs to promote adult fitness. Dr. Keith recently completed a MS degree in medical research in order to receive further training in program and health outcome evaluation. Her research focus is reducing health disparities and achieving health equity through physical activity participation.
    • David Koceja, Ph.D. (Chair and Professor of Kinesiology, Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at Indiana University Bloomington): Professor Koceja‘s work focuses on understanding the relationship between the neural and motor responses of the lower limbs in aging adults and the relationship to posture and balance. His research involves the measurement of sensory and motor nerve assessments and has pioneered a link between the spinal reflex pathways and balance control in the elderly.
    • Zachary Riley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Kinesiology): Professor Riley’s work examines the interaction between cortical and sensory input in the spinal cord in an effort to better understand neural integration. Ultimately, Professor Riley's research will direct rehabilitation protocols for stroke and spinal cord injury, where there is disrupted or abnormal synaptic input to the motor-neuron pool. Professor Riley uses single motor unit recording techniques as well as various electrical and magnetic stimulation techniques for this purpose.
    • Alan Mikesky, Ph.D. (Professor of Kinesiology, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory): Professor Mikesky and his laboratory study the physiology of resistance training and how it applies to physical conditioning in apparently healthy and clinical populations. Most recently, he has focused on a novel mode of resistance training involving the combination of blood flow restriction with low-load resistance exercise.