William & Mary

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research in the Kinesiology & Health Sciences Department at the College of William & Mary takes place in a wide variety of venues and covers a broad range of projects.

Here is the link to completed Honors Projects on the Charle's Center website.

Below is a list of laboratories in Adair Hall which currently have research students.

Professor Deschenes has three research labs, The Human Performance Lab is involved in investigating the effects of aging, gender, and disuse in metabolic, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular functions. The Cellular and Biochemistry Lab focuses in the neuromuscular and neuroendocrine systems and the response to increased or decreased activity. The Microscopy Lab is dedicated to revealing the morpological adaptations of the neuromuscular system to exercise training and unloading (disuse) in aged and young systems.

Professor Harris' Molecular & Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory is focusing on exercise-induced changes in cardiac and vascular functions related to changes in Molecular mechanisms regulating heat shock protiens and nitric oxide synthases which examines their role in preventing endothelial dysfunction in aging, hypertension, diabetes, and ischemia/reperfusion.

Professor Ickes' Public Health Nutrition Laboratory conducts research in the area of maternal and child nutrition. Using methods in nutritional epidemiology and ethnography which examins the causes and consequences of poor maternal and child nutrition in low-income populations in both the United States and abroad.

Professor Kambis' The Jack Borgenicht Altitude Research Facility contains a normobaric hypoxia chamber that can simulate atmospheres found at altitudes from sea level up to 18,000 feet. This lower oxygen (hypoxia) can result in Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and in extreme cases, much more serious illnesses such as High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).  It is also interesting that many diseases, both chronic and acute, result in decreased oxygen supply to body tissues (hypoxia).  Research that examines the body’s physiological response to hypoxia may be helpful in numerous ways.

Professor Kohl's Motor Control Laboratory primary focus is in the area of motor imagery and in the area of hemispheric communication. 

Professor Looft-Wilson's Vascular Physiology Laboratory focuses on the function of arteries in normal and diseased states. The research group is particularly interested in the role of gap junctions (channels that connect the interiors of neighboring cells) in vascular function, and how the function of these channels is altered in those with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and during the process of vascular remodeling.

Professor McCoy's Biomechanics Laboratory current research investigates the effectiveness of the Wii Fit Balance exercise on standing balance and gait mechanics in the elderly.  The walking mechanics of the participants will be examined to  determine if the balance training had an effect on walking velocity, stride length, stride rate, trunk lean, and foot clearance.

 To learn more about all the Research Laboratories in Kinesiology and Helath Sciences.