Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory (MH 361)

Our lab is dedicated to studying acute responses and chronic adaptations of human skeletal muscle in response to high force/velocity/power and fatiguing exercise. Our goal is to use bench-top science to explain and describe various phenomena of human performance. This requires the study of non-athletes, mid-level athletes, and elite athletes from numerous sporting backgrounds (e.g. football, mixed martial arts, boxing, surfing, volleyball, baseball, soccer, weightlifting, powerlifting, track and field, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, muay thai, cross country skiing, karate, judo, CrossFit, etc.). All tissue samples are obtained via muscle biopsies and we utilize highly sophisticated equipment/measurement techniques (e.g. single fiber gel electrophoresis, confocal microscopy, etc.) to measure variables such as single muscle fiber “type” and densitometry, protein quantification, fiber diameter, fiber-type specific nuclear domain and location, and many more.

For more information contact:

Andy Galpin, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D
Assistant Professor, Center for Sport Performance - http://hhd.fullerton.edu/knes/csp/
California State University, Fullerton
Department of Kinesiology, KHS 234
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: (657) 278-2112
Email: agalpin@fullerton.edu

Click on the image below to see a 3D movie a single muscle fiber from a human thigh. The blue circles are the nuclei of the cell”

bio movie

single muscle fiber


bio movie

bio movie

bio movie

Department of Kinesiology

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room KHS-121,
Phone: (657) 278-3316
Fax: (657) 278-5317

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