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Behavioral Nutrition & Education Laboratory

The Behavioral Nutrition & Education Laboratory is equipped for nutrition assessment, education and analyses, as well as for collection of anthropometric data, and houses the equipment of Dr. Lacey McCormack and Dr. Kendra Kattelmann.

Dr. McCormack’s space is outfitted with 2 desktop computers, 3 laptop computers, 4 iPad minis and 1 desktop printer. All computers have Microsoft Access and Stata software for managing data and statistical analyses and one computer has Nutritionist Pro software for analyzing diets, recipes and menus. iPad minis are used for electronic data collection, such as questionnaires or ASA24s. There is ample space for processing food frequency questionnaires and other study data. Additional equipment includes voice recorders (utilized in focus group and validation study work), portable scanners (for onsite data collection), and portable stadiometers, scales and infant length boards. Individuals in this lab also have access to a BodPod, a mobile DXA unit and a Parvo Medics Metabolic Cart.

Dr. Kattelmann’s space is outfitted with an additional 5 desktop computers, 3 laptop computers, 4 iPad minis and 5 desktop printers. Three computers have SPSS, two have Stata and one has SAS for managing data and statistical analyses. Food Processor software is available for analyzing diets, recipes and menus. Additional equipment includes a bioelectrical impedance machine and a MedGem indirect calorimetry device for resting energy expenditure measurements.

Biomechanics Laboratory

The Biomechanics Laboratory is equipped with 3D motion capture (Qualisys; 6 Oqus 300 series cameras), ground reaction force plates (AMTI; BP400600HF, BP600900 & Accupower), and Visual 3D software for post processing. The lab equipment is used for the study of the application of mechanical principles to human movement. Although the equipment is suited for the analysis of a variety of movements, the focus of the lab is lower extremity biomechanics. Current and future projects include; Biomechanics of functional activities for people with multiple sclerosis, Mechanical asymmetries in people with multiple sclerosis, Running mechanics of obese children, and The relationship between running mechanics, diet, and bone mineral density. 

Those interested in getting involved with biomechanics research can e-mail Dr. Brad Bowser.

Health and Human Performance Laboratory:

The Health and Human Performance Laboratory is equipped for exercise and performance testing, personal fitness evaluation assessment, physical activity assessment, and vascular function testing. The HHP Laboratory has an extensive list of equipment including, but not limited to: 150 Actigraph Accelerometers, 150 New Lifestyles Pedometers, Siemens Sequoia Ultrasound and Vascular Imaging Transducer, Medical Imaging Applications Vascular Tools 5 Software, Hokanson Rapid Cuff Inflation System, BioPac Data Acquisition System, BioPac Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitor, Woodway Treadmill, Trackmaster Treadmill, Cybex Isokinetic Dynamometer, Quinton Cardiac Science EKG Cart, 8 Monark Cycle Ergometers, Lode Cycle Ergometer, Vertec Vertical Jump System, Cosmed Bod Pod, Parvo Medics Metabolic Cart, Two Velotron Cycle Ergometers, Cholestech LDX System, Fisher Scientific Marathon Centrifuge, Bio-Rad Microplate Reader and washer, Genesys Spectrophotometer. An additional space is dedicated to a training facility, which includes strength training equipment and a Multi-rider Computrainer system. 

For more information, you can e-mail Dr. Jessica Meendering.

Nutrigenomics & Molecular Biology Laboratory

The new Nutrigenomics/Molecular-Biology Laboratory located on fourth floor of Wagner Hall in Brookings main campus of SDSU. The laboratory is well-equipped with brand new modern equipment necessary to carry out Molecular Nutrition Research. Additionally we have full access to on campus state-of-the-art Genomics and Proteomics core facilities as well a well-maintained vivarium. Our current laboratory funding includes various grants from NIH, USDA, food industry, and SD-state centers. Research focus includes

  • Dietary intervention for metabolic syndrome and gut health
  • Nutrigenomics assay development
  • Dietary isothiocyanates in bowel inflammation
  • Whole grains in cancer risk prevention

If you would like more information regarding the Nutrigenomics Laboratory or learning more about Dr. Dey’s research, you can email Dr. Dey .

Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory

Research focuses on Nutritional biochemistry and molecular nutrition: vitamins, minerals, and bioactive plant food compounds (vitamin D, calcium, flavonoids, calcium signaling, apoptosis). Biomedical translational and health promotion research: obesity, cancer, and functional foods. Specifically Dr. Sergeev investigates signal transduction pathways mediated by key cellular regulators, calcium and vitamin D, in obesity and cancer. The major focus of his research is that cellular calcium signals underlay the nongenomic mechanism of action of the vitamin D hormone.

If you would like more information regarding the Sergeev’s research, you can email Dr. Sergeev.