Anatomy Labs

The Anatomy Lab is used to teach clinical gross anatomy in a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Through hands-on evaluation of the human body, students broaden their understanding of how our multiple body systems work together to achieve our wide range of dynamic activities. State of the art equipment allows for a wide range of teaching techniques, including computers for students to do online research while examining body regions. Dissections can also be captured in real time for distance learning.


BADER Treadmill Lab

The BADER Treadmill Lab pushes people and technologies to the brink in a controlled and safe environment. Using what we learn at the brink is what moves the technology forward to advance orthopaedic rehabilitation research in orthotics and prosthetics for Wounded Warriors. Getting past the brink allows individuals with limb difference and limb loss to reach optimal function. Built on existing collaborations, strengths, and partnerships, researchers from exercise science, applied physiology, biomechanics, engineering, and physical therapy come together to develop orthopaedic rehabilitation devices and novel treatment strategies.

Biomarker Core Lab

Biomarkers are biological indicators that signal a changed physiological state due to disease or a therapeutic intervention. In inflammatory diseases for example, typical biomarkers might include cytokines/chemokines (e.g., TNF-alpha, IL-8), matrix metalloproteinases (e.g. MMP-1 and MMP-7) and small molecule mediators (e.g., prostaglandins). Our lab provides functional protein analysis on a variety of human and animal samples (serum, plasma, saliva, cell lysates) principally through immunoassays. We work collaboratively with investigators assisting in all aspects of study design including guidance in proper sample collection, volume required and storage requirements. We can also provide a detailed cost analysis for grant proposals.

In addition, the Biomarker Core Laboratory can train undergraduate, graduate students and junior investigators the laboratory techniques required to run their own assays. We provide services at an affordable cost for all UD investigators as well as other area research and health centers. Past and current studies we have assisted with include examining BDNF levels during exercise and learning, gut peptides in relation to infant obesity, salivary biomarkers of stress in recovering cancer patients and inflammatory markers in prostate cancer patients during treatment. Our capabilities include ELISA, MAP (Luminex), RIA, cell culture and immunocytochemistry techniques.

The Biomarker Core Lab at the University of Delaware is located in the Health Sciences Complex room 130GG on the STAR Campus. The lab is under the direction of Ken Kirschner M.S., Research Associate IV.


Cardiovascular Physiology Core Lab

Cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, heart failure, and stroke affect Delawareans at a rate significantly above the national average. In the Cardiovascular Physiology Core Lab, our faculty and graduate students are studying the mechanisms and consequences of declining cardiovascular function as well as interventions to improve cardiovascular health. Current areas of research include vascular function, neural control of blood pressure, and microcirculation and bone. The close proximity of the lab to the Nurse Managed Health Center at the STAR Campus facilitates this clinically based research.


Kinesiology & Applied Physiology Teaching Labs

The Kinesiology & Applied Physiology Teaching Labs provide exercise science and athletic training students with interactive, hands-on instructional experiences in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control. Anatomical models and simulation software enable students to learn concepts of human anatomy and physiology in a dedicated teaching space that features state-of-the-art equipment. Many of our students go on to physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and other graduate and professional programs.


Language Learning & Bilingualism Lab

 The mission of the Language Learning and Bilingualism Lab at the University of Delaware is to understand how individual difference impacts language, and specifically, vocabulary, grammar, and narrative learning outcomes. We investigate individual differences by studying individuals with different language learning capacity (i.e., typical learners and learners with language impairment) and individuals with various linguistic backgrounds (i.e., monolinguals and bilinguals). Through these investigations, we aim to better understand the contribution of both learner-internal and learner-external factors to language development. The LLB Lab is located on the STAR campus. The lab, directed by Dr. Li Sheng, is part of the newly established program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the first and only program of its kind in the state of Delaware.


Measure What Matters Lab

Patient-reported outcomes measures are health questionnaires that are used to assess important health concepts from the patient’s perspective. Both clinical research and evidence-based clinical practice rely on these measures to quantify health concepts like quality of lifepaindepressionsocial integration, and self-efficacy. The Measure What Matters Lab develops and modifies these health measures for people with cognitive and communicative limitations, and disseminates the best tools and practices into real-world settings. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the quality of clinical practice and clinical research for persons with cognitive/communicative disorders like stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.


Neurophysiology Lab

The Neurophysiology Lab uses newly developed neuroscience technology to better understand how the brain works. Investigators use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to measure levels of brain activity in people while they are performing certain activities like walking or reaching. TMS and another tool known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can also be used to temporarily change activity levels in certain brain areas. These techniques help investigators develop and test interventions to improve recovery of movement and function in people who have experienced a devastating brain injury like as a stroke.


Physical Therapy Teaching Lab

The Physical Therapy Teaching Lab has new “Hi Lo” electric treatment tables that allow teaching of examination and intervention skills with appropriate body mechanics using best-practice philosophies. The Physical Therapy Flex Lab contains convertible space for didactic and laboratory instruction, while furniture design encourages group interactions and collaborations. The open configuration allows practice of gait, wheelchair, and rehabilitation skills. State-of-the-art technology connects the classrooms with the clinic and anatomy lab, promotes multi-sensory learning, and enables more intimate viewing of manual techniques and lab activities.

Speech Language Acquisition & Multilingualism Lab

The Speech Language Acquisition and Multilingualism (SLAM) Lab directed by Dr. Giovanna Morini is a research lab dedicated to examining how infants and young children learn language. Specifically, the lab explores how factors such a linguistic experience (e.g., being raised bilingual versus monolingual) and hearing abilities (e.g., being born deaf or hard-of- hearing) play a role in how children process speech and acquire language skills. Since babies can’t yet tell us what they know or don’t know, we rely on a variety of methodologies that do not require the child to be able to speak – including eye-tracking, head movements, and standardized assessments. Understanding which factors facilitate early language learning has strong implications for caregivers, educators, and clinical practices. Both undergraduate and graduate research assistants work in the lab, gaining experience with coding and analyzing data, as well as assisting in the development of new research projects.


Treatment Efficacy & Language Hearing Lab

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is one of the most common childhood disorders, affecting 7% of children. The Treatment Efficacy & Language Learning (TELL) Lab studies how and when children acquire the use of language, both with and without DLD. We believe that the foundation of  language intervention is finding careful ways to alter the input children receive. In order to develop the best interventions, we must better understand the mechanisms of language learning. Combining basic learning principles with applied science, we work to develop more effective speech and language interventions for a variety of settings, from one-on-one activities to group summer camps.