Welcome to the Human Performance Laboratory at East Carolina University

The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is an interdisciplinary research and service unit administratively housed within the College of Health and Human Performance. We hope that our website provides you a glimpse into our programs which span undergraduate to post-doctoral education, translational research, as well as service to the university and local communities.


Keystone Symposia Scholarship

Tony Verkerke

Tony Verkerke, a Bioenergetics Ph.D. student, was awarded a Keystone Symposia scholarship for Systems Biology of Lipid Metabolism conference in Breckenridge, Colorado. A 1st year PhD student in the Funai lab, Tony presented his research entitled:

"Reduced efficiency of sarcolipin-dependent respiration in myocytes from severely obese humans"

The award provided Tony with $1,700 to attend the Keystone symposia. This award was made possible through funds from NIDDK.


February 2015 - Congratulations Kristen Turner

Kristen Turner

Kristen Turner, an exercise physiology graduate student in the Human Performance Laboratory and department of Kinesiology was awarded The Endocrinology & Metabolism Section Research Recognition Award. She will receive $500 plus reimbursement of the registration fee for the Experimental Biology conference in Boston on March 28th to present her research entitled:

Resveratrol Alleviates Lipid-Induced Insulin Resistance in Lean, But Not Severely Obese Myotubes.

Kristen’s research mentor is Joseph Houmard Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory.


June 2014 - Congratulations Daniel Lark

Daniel Lark

Dan successfully defended his dissertation entitled "NOVEL MECHANISMS GOVERNING SKELETAL MUSCLE MITOCHONDRIAL BIOENERGETICS: OXPHOS EFFICIENCY AND cAMP/PKA SIGNALING".

Dan's primary mentor was Dr. P Darrell Neufer, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Physiology and Director of the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute.


June 2014 - Congratulations Carmen Moyer

Carmen Moyer

Carmen successfully defended her thesis entitle "INFLUENCE OF EXERCISE MODE ON MATERNAL, FETAL, & NEONATAL HEALTH OUTCOMES".

Carmen's primary mentor was Dr. Linda May, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the School of Dental Medicine.


June 2014 - Congratulations Sara Krajewski

Sara Krajewski

Sara successfully defended her thesis entitle "ENERGY COST OF HEAVY LOAD CARRIAGE AND PROLONGED WALKING IN ROTC COLLEGIATE PARTICIPANTS".

Sara's primary mentor was Dr. Laurel Wentz, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.


Several HPL affiliated students presented at the 8th annual ECU Research and Creative Activity Week held from March 31st to April 4th.


November 2013 - Congratulations Lance Bollinger

Lance Bollinger

Lance successfully defended his dissertation entitle "EFFECTS OF OBESITY ON THE TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION OF PROTEIN DEGRADATION IN SKELETAL MUSCLE".

Lance's primary mentor was Dr. Jeffrey Brault, Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology.