The Human Countermeasures Lab (HCL) is directed by Dr. Steven Riechman. The purpose of the HCL is the integrative study of nutritional and exercise countermeasures for the prevention and treatment of the effects of inactivity, aging, and microgravity on musculoskeletal performance and disease.
The approach is to identify environmental (e.g. nutrition) and genetic (e.g. SNPs) factors that contribute to inter-individual variability in muscle loss (due to inactivity, aging, microgravity, cancer cachexia, AIDS, renal disease, trauma induced immobility) or variability in response to intervention (pharmacological, exercise, nutrition x exercise).
Current clinical trials underway include examining the effect of dietary cholesterol on muscle hypertrophy with resistance exercise training in 60-69 year old men and women and the role of exercise on mediating progression of breast cancer cells.
Dr. Steven E. Riechman, Ph.D., M.P.H, Lab Director and Assistant Professor
Graduate Students: Heath Gasier, M.S., R.D. (Exercise Physiology)
Changwoock Lee, B.S. (Exercise Physiology)
Gentle Chikani, M.S. (Nutrition)