Faculty Research

Faculty Research

Current and Past Research


Dr. Mehmet Uygur

856-256-4500 x 64795



Mehmet Uygur

Dr. Uygur's research interest focus on the effects of high-speed, low-resistance exercise on various aspects of cognitive and motor functions in neurological populations including people with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. To view Dr. Uygur's research profile please click here... Dr. Uygur

Scott Dankel, PhD

856-256-4500 ext. 4743




Dr. Dankel's research interests are centered on examining muscle adaptations to blood flow restricted exercise. This method of exercise allows individuals to lift lighter weights while seeing adaptations similar to as if they were lifting heavier weights. This method of exercise also appears to produce increases in muscle size when accompanied with aerobic exercise protocols that are not normally associated with increases in muscle mass. Dr. Dankel is also interested in studying whether differential responses to exercise can be detected after taking into account random error. To view Dr. Dankel's research profile please click below...    Dr. Dankel

Dr. Erin Pletcher

856-256-4500 x 53704




Dr. Pletcher's research interests include  understanding the processes involved in and formulating approaches for improved injury prevention, performance optimization and rehabilitation in athletic and military populations. Previous work has included assessment of modifiable musculoskeletal risk factors for injury in an athletic and military population and coordination patterns and variability in the softball windmill pitch. To review Dr. Pletcher's research profile, please click here... Dr. Pletcher

Dr. Dylan Klein





Dr. Klein's research interests include exercise and nutrition's role on health and performance. He is currently investigating the effects of Omega-3 supplementation on muscle metabolism in the elderly.


Current Research
Dr. Uygur, Phd 
1. Assessment of neuromuscular quickness through brief force pulses: We are developing a quick force testing protocol to sensitively evaluate the neuromuscular quickness in various populations including healthy young and neurological populations such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. 
  • Mathern R (student), Anhorn M (student), Uygur, M. A novel method to assess rate of force relaxation: reliability and comparisons with rate of force development across various muscles. Euro J Appl Physiol. 119:291-300, 2019. 
  • Djordjevic D (visiting scholar), Uygur, M. Methodological considerations in the calculation of the rate of force development scaling factor. Physiological Measurement. 39:015001, 2018.
  • Haberland K (student), Uygur M. Simultaneous assessment of hand function and neuromuscular quickness through a static object manipulation task in healthy adults. Exp Brain Res. 235:321-329, 2017. 
2. Using high-speed, low-resistance cycling as a training method to improve motor symptoms in the elderly, people with Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia: We are trying to improve neuromuscular functioning in various populations by using a novel cycling program. 
  • Uygur M, Bellumori M, Knight C. Effects of a low-resistance, interval bicycling intervention in Parkinson’s disease. Physiother Theory Pract.  33(12)897-904, 2017.
  • Bellumori M, Uygur M, Knight C. High-Speed Cycling Intervention Improves Rate-Dependent Mobility in Older Adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 33(12): 897-904, 2017.
  • Uygur M, Bellumori M, LeNoir K, Poole K, Pretzer-Aboff I, Knight C. Immediate effects of high-speed cycling intervals on bradykinesia in Parkinson's disease. Physiother Theory Pract.  31(2):77-82, 2015.
3. Using object manipulation tasks to quantify motor symptoms in people who sustained sports related concussion. Together with Dr. Erin Pletcher, we are trying to sensitively quantify the lingering effects of sports related concussion on motor coordination by using simple object manipulation tasks. Currently, we are collecting pilot data for this project. 

Dr. Dankel, PhD

1. Does the application of blood flow restriction induce fatigue solely via the cardiovascular system, or is the nervous system also playing a role? 

  • Data is currently being collected for this project.   

2. Does ultrasound measured echo-intensity actually measure muscle swelling? If not, what exactly is this variable measuring?

  • Dankel SJ, Abe T, Spitz RW, Viana R, Bell ZW, Wong V, Chatakondi RN, Loenneke JP. Impact of Acute Fluid Retention on Ultrasound Echo Intensity. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 2019; in press.   
  • Dankel SJ, Abe T, Bell ZW, Jessee MB, Buckner SL, Mouser JG, Mattocks KT, Loenneke JP. The impact of ultrasound probe tilt on muscle thickness and echo-intensity: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 2018; in press.

3. How can blood flow restricted exercise be standardized when it is applied in a practical setting using elastic cuffs/wraps?

  • Abe T, Mouser JG, Dankel SJ, Bell ZW, Buckner SL, Mattocks KT, Jessee MB, Loenneke JP. A method to standardize the blood flow restriction pressure by an elastic cuff. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 2018; in press.
  • Bell ZW, Dankel SJ, Spitz RW, Chatakondi RN, Abe T, Loenneke JP. The Perceived Tightness Scale Does Not Provide Reliable Estimated of Blood Flow Restriction Pressure. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2019; in press
  • Bell ZW, Dankel SJ, Mattocks KT, Buckner SL, Jessee MB, Mouser JG, Abe T, Loenneke JP. An Investigation Into Setting the Blood Flow Restriction Pressure based on Perception of Tightness. Physiological Measurement. 2018; in press.


Dr. Erin Pletcher, PhD, CSCS
Dr. Pletcher is currently collaborating with Dr. Uygur to investigate the impact concussions have on neuromuscular quickness. Students have opportunities to apply to participate as assistant researchers in this study. She also mentored several students in a pilot study to investigate the relationship of various functional movement patterns and injury.
  • Pletcher ER, Dekker T, Lephart SM, Sell TC. Gender and age comparisons in neuromuscular and biomechanical characteristics of the knee in young athletes. Targeted journal, Sports Biomechanics. In Review
  • Pletcher, M. Lovalekar, K. Beals, B. Nindl, K. Allison. Decreased body fat but not body mass is associated with better performance on Combat Fitness Test in male and female Marines. Targeted Journal, American Journal of Sports Medicine. In Preparation.
  • Lovalekar M, Abt JP, Sell TC, Lephart SM, Pletcher ER, Beals K. Accuracy of Recall of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Naval Special Warfare Sea, Air, and Land Operators: a Cross-sectional Study. BMJ Open. 2017; 7 (12).
  • Johnson, CD., Whitehead, PN., Pletcher, ER., Faherty, MS., Lovalekar, MT., Eagle, SR., Keenan, KA. The Relationship of Core Strength and Activation and Performance on Three Functional Movement Screens. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2018; 32(4), 1166-1173.
  • Allison KF, Keenan KA, Wohleber MF, Perlsweig KA, Pletcher ER, Lovalekar M, Beals K, Coleman LC, Nindl BC. Greater ankle strength, anaerobic and aerobic capacity, and agility predict Ground Combat Military Occupational School graduation in female Marines. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2017. 20 (Supplement 4): S85-S90.
  • Pletcher ER, Williams, VJ, Abt JP, Morgan PM, Parr JJ, Wohleber MF, Lovalekar M, Sell TC. Normative data for the NeuroCom Sensory Organization Test in the United States Military Special Operations Forces. Journal of Athletic Training. 2017; 52(2): 129-136.
Dr. Dylan Klein, PhD

Dr. Klein earned his B.S. in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, as well as his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology from Rutgers University. His interests are on understanding whole body physiology and metabolism, with a particular emphasis on exercise physiology and nutritional biochemistry as it relates to energy production, fuel utilization, and health and performance. Much of his research interests have utilized the equine athlete as a comparative model for understanding exercise physiology and metabolism as it pertains to the human, as well as other organisms. Using transcriptional and metabolomic bioinformatic approaches, his research focuses on the molecular and cellular adaptations that govern the beneficial effects of diet and exercise in skeletal muscle that promote health and reduce the risk of disease. Further, his research characterizes the relationship between body composition and aerobic capacity over periods of training and detraining.


Dr. Klein is completing a research study investigating low carbohydrate diets on oxidative stress during exercise. He has also applied for a grant to investigate the effect of Omega-3 Supplementation on muscle metabolism in the elderly. Students have opportunities to apply to participate as assistant researchers in these studies.

Laboratories and Equipment
  • Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory is equipped with a Cosmed Metabolic cart to assess maximal oxygen consumption, fuel utilization during exercise, ventilatory threshold and other physiological parameters.
    • blood lactate analysis
    • pulmonary function testing
    • SECA Bioelectrical Impedance
    • ECG 12 lead
    • muscle flexibility, endurance, strength and power testing
    • skinfold, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry
  • Applied Biomechanics Laboratory is equipped with 8-high speed cameras, 2 force plates, a portable force plate, and a 16-channel wireless electromyogram. 
  • Motor Control Laboratory is equipped with custom designed force testing devices that measure elbow, knee, grip, and load forces and a two channel electromyogram.  
  • Hydrostatic Weighing Laboratory is used to teach physics concepts as they relate body composition such as Archimedes Principle, density, volume, displacement, buoyancy. 
  • Teaching Fitness Laboratory is used to provide hands on experience performing power and Olympic lifting, free and selectorized resistance training, speed, agility, quickness training, flexibility and other fitness related activities.