- Undergraduate, Graduate, & Postdoctoral training
- Community Outreach
- muscle structure (size, architecture, morphology)
- neuromuscular function (contractile and neural properties, energetics and vascular)
- mobility (physical activity and physical function)
Some areas of interest include: magnetic resonance, aging, mitochondria, neuromuscular junction, glycolysis, balance, fatigability, motor units, physiological reserve, fat, foot tap speed, sex differences, ATP, fatigue, connective tissue, gait, perfusion, in vivo measurements, oxygenation, exercise, acidosis, accelerometry, disease
Below are some photos from our lab in action! We are very excited about the new 3-T magnet that recently arrived.We study biochemical changes that occur within the muscle during exercise with Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (image above) . This allows us to determine how you are using energy when you contract your muscles. Recently, UMass Amherst installed a new 3-T magnet. The lab is very excited to have access to a new magnet right on campus. The 7 ton magnet took almost a day to deliver. The magnet arriving.
Watching the magnet get delivered. From Left: Dr. Mark Miller, Dr. Jane Kent, Dr. Kath Boyer, Jocelyn Hafer, Erica Hartman We examine muscular strength and look at muscle activity in the legs. We are working on a way to identify individuals with a decline in central function by tracking the slowing of rapid repetitive tapping with age. We also like to have fun and strive to create an enjoyable environment for our participants. We use a combination of non-invasive techniques to measure the roles of neural activation, bioenergetics, contractile function, and blood flow in the development of muscle fatigue. The primary source of funding for our work is the National Institutes of Health.