Faculty Research Interests

Our research faculty make life-enhancing discoveries for our world. This list indicates their varied interests. Faculty who are also doctoral student advisors are indicated with an asterisk.


Faculty Member Areas of Interest Lab
Armstrong, Ketra * Sports marketing; sport consumer behavior; impact of race and/or gender on sport consumption; sport behaviors of women and consumers of African descent. Center for Race and Ethnicity in Sport
Babiak, Kathy * Sport and social impact, corporate social responsibility, organizational theory, interorganizational relationships, strategic alliances. Michigan Center for Sport and Social Responsibility
Broglio, Steven * Sports medicine: mild traumatic brain injury prevention, biomechanics, assessment, and treatment, postural control. NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory
Brown, Susan * Motor coordination, Aging, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Rehabilitation. Motor Control Laboratory
Cartee, Greg * Exercise, diet, and age effects on insulin signaling and glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle. Muscle Biology Laboratory
Chen, Weiyun * Innovative and technology-enhanced physical activity interventions; determinants of developing physically active habits; impact of physical activities on physical and psychosocial health and brain cognitions. Physical Activity and Health Laboratory
Colabianchi, Natalie * The role of environments and policies in facilitating physical activity behavior in children and adults. She is also interested in physical activity measurement, including accelerometry and direct observation.  Environment and Policy Lab
Fort, Rod * Sport economics; regulation; microeconomics. Center for Sport and Policy
Gates, Deanna * Biomechanics, rehabilitation, prosthetic and orthotics, control of repetitive movements, nonlinear dynamics. Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory
Gross, Melissa * Biomechanics; expression of emotion and mood disorders in body movements; impact of action-based learning activities on student learning outcomes. Behavioral Biomechanics Laboratory
Hasson, Rebecca * Causes and consequences of childhood obesity in multiethnic populations. Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory
Haus, Jacob * Protein metabolism and skeletal muscle function with aging, as well as glucose and lipid metabolism with obesity, diabetes, and aging. Human Bioenergetics Laboratory
Heinze, Kathryn * Organizational and institutional change, sport and social issues. Michigan Center for Sport Management
Horowitz, Jeff * Regulation of fuel mobilization and oxidation and the impact of this regulation on human health. Substrate Metabolism Laboratory
Kwak, Dae Hee * Sport Consumer Behavior, Sport Consumer Psychology, Sport Media Behavior, and Cognitive Biases and Emotion. Center for Sport Marketing Research
Lepley, Adam Neural Excitability, Neuromuscular Control, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction, Biomechanics, Muscle Inhibition Michigan Performance Research Laboratory
Lepley, Lindsey * Therapeutic approaches to combat the negative neuromuscular effects that follow traumatic joint injury; effects of ACL injury on neuromuscular function in a rodent model; ability of exercise to promote muscle and joint health. Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Biomechanics (ORB) Laboratory
Lipps, David * Biomechanics; musculoskeletal imaging; injury mechanisms; upper extremity injuries; rehabilitation.

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Imaging Laboratory

Long, Judith Grant * 1) The intersection of sports, tourism, city planning and economic development; 2) Finance and delivery of sports and touristic infrastructures via public-private partnerships; 3) Planning for sports and tourism mega-projects, with a current focus the Olympic Games; 4) Assessing and improving host city experiences and outcomes; 5) Fieldwork-based teaching models, studio pedagogy. Center for Sport & Policy
Ludlow, Andrew *

Telomeres, telomerase, alternative splicing regulation, chromatin biology, miRNAs, RNA biology, diseases of aging, and cancer.

Integrative Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Kara Palmer My research agenda examines factors and interventions that affect fundamental motor skill development and physical activity in young children. Early childhood (i.e., 3-7 years) is an ideal time to implement these interventions because this is a critical developmental period for these skills as well as a period where children are establishing developmental trajectories of health. Child Movement, Activity, and Developmental Health Laboratory
Palmieri-Smith, Riann * Neuromuscular consequences of joint injury relating to arthrogenic muscle inhibition; mechanisms of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Biomechanics (ORB) Laboratory
Ploutz-Snyder, Lori Integrative exercise physiology. Physiologic adaptations to long term disuse including spaceflight, bed rest and deconditioning, exercise training to maintain physical function in astronauts and clinical populations,  fitness thresholds required for optimal physical task performance. Dr. Ploutz-Snyder is Dean of the School of Kinesiology
Robinson, Leah E. * 1) Assessment of motor performance and physical activity along with the implementation of evidence-based interventions to maximize physical activity, motor skills, and physical health and development in pediatric populations; 2) The effect of evidence-based interventions on school/academic readiness and cognitive outcomes. Child Movement, Activity, and Developmental Health Laboratory
Rosentraub, Mark * Economic, community, and social development; urban policy, management, and administration; public finance; the economics and management of sports; tourism, amenities, social and economic development; regional and local governance. Center for Sport & Policy
Sant, Stacy-Lynn * Sport event impact; destination marketing; media discourse; event-based strategies for social and economic development. Center for Sport & Policy
Szymanski, Stefan * Sports management and economics; sport history, culture and society; European sport and the internationalization of sport; international sports federations and the governance of sport. Center for Sport & PolicyCenter for Sport Marketing Research
Templin, Thomas * Templin’s academic research/ scholarship has focused on role and socialization theory. Specifically, he has examined socialization processes linked to pre-service and in-service teachers alike. Dr. Templin is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Ulrich, Dale * Motor behavior and development in infants and children with Down syndrome and autism; assessment of motor behavior and performance in children; designing and testing interventions to maximize physical activity, motor skill development, community participation, and quality of life in children with Down syndrome and autism. Center on Physical Activity and Health in Pediatric Disabilities
Umberger, Brian * Biomechanics, energetics, computer modeling and simulation, optimal control Locomotion Research Laboratory
Vesia, Michael * Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Science Brain Behavior Laboratory
Wang, Wenche * Sports Economics (Two-Sided Markets, Antitrust), Analytic, Research Methods, Game Theory, Industrial Organization Dr. Wang is setting up her lab
Zernicke, Ron * Functional adaptation of bone to physiological stimuli (exercise, disuse, diet, and disease); joint injury and post-traumatic osteoarthritis; biomechanical mechanisms underlying control of normal and pathological movements. Michigan Performance Research Laboratory

* Doctoral student advisors