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 PerformanceOpens in new window
California State University, Fullerton
Department of Kinesiology, KHS 234
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: (657) 278-2112

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”