Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

College of Health & Human Performance

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U.S. News & World Report Ranked UF No. 8 Among Public Universities

35.7%

of APK students applying to Medical School get in

$4.7 million

in Total research expenditures in last year

Dr. Ashley Smuder

Assistant Professor

Dr. Smuder's research investigates the molecular signaling pathways leading to cardiac and skeletal muscle dysfunction caused by cancer and its treatment. Her current research is focused on understanding the mechanisms by which physical activity can preserve cardiorespiratory muscle function following exposure to chemotherapy.

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Dr. Shahab Vahdat

Assistant Professor

Dr. Vahdat research focuses on the mechanisms of neural plasticity in the sensorimotor system using both human and rodent models. He is particularly interested in how the brain and spinal cord circuits interact and remodel in health and disease. He is developing cutting-edge techniques to record brain-spinal cord functional interaction in humans, and to visualize and manipulate genetically-targeted neural circuits using optogenetic fMRI in rodents

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Dr. Julia Choi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Julia Choi is a neuroscientist and biomechanist who studies how people learn new movement patterns. She has a special interest in gait rehabilitation after different types of brain injury. Her lab uses a combination of motion capture, real-time feedback, non-invasive brain stimulation, neuroimaging techniques and robotics to identify mechanisms of normal and impaired walking.

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Dr. Ashley Smuder

Assistant Professor

Dr. Smuder's research investigates the molecular signaling pathways leading to cardiac and skeletal muscle dysfunction caused by cancer and its treatment. Her current research is focused on understanding the mechanisms by which physical activity can preserve cardiorespiratory muscle function following exposure to chemotherapy.

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Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

The Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (APK) studies the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and its use in performance enhancement and disease prevention and rehabilitation. Degree specializations include exercise physiology, fitness/wellness, athletic training, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control and human performance.

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Dr. Chris J. Hass becomes Fellow

Dr. Chris J. Hass becomes Fellow

In July, Dr. Chris J. Hass was inducted as a fellow into the American Society of Biomechanics, ASB.

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Doctorate of Athletic Training Approved

First cohort to begin in 2020

Ph.D. Student Rachel Ho Awarded NIH-TL-1 Fellowship from CTSI

Research in Predicting Short-term and long-term effects of spinal cord stimulation & implications for clinical practice.

Ph.D. Student Kathleen Hupfeld Awarded NIH Fellowship from T32

Research in Cortical inhibition in older adults and relation to gait & balance. 

Dr. Beth Barton Elected as Permanent Member of NIH

Focus on Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Study Section