Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Donald Milton

The laboratory supports studies of airborne infection transmission, influenza epidemiology, bioaerosol exposure in asthma, and non-invasive monitoring of exhaled biomarkers. Capabilities of the lab include culturing viruses, RTqPCR, analysis of exhaled breath particles, bioaerosol sampling, and immunoassay.  

The laboratory supports research in quantifying individual level exposures to air pollutants including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and particulate matter (PM).  Ongoing laboratory work supports exposure assessment in epidemiological studies using air samples as well as biological samples such as urine, blood and saliva. 

The Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory mission is to educate impacted communities about environmental justice and health issues. Through technical assistance and collaboration, communities are empowered to address environmental injustice and environmental health disparities. The CEEJH Laboratory was founded by Dr.

The environmental microbial genomics laboratory supports research in environmental microbiology and environmental microbial genomics.

Shared facilities include a field sample preparation lab (room 2121), post-PCR lab (room 2125), temperature controlled weigh and microscopy lab (room 2131C), and a freezer area and a general equipment and preparation lab (room 2127).

Behavioral and Community Health

The UMD Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR) includes a clinical facility designed to address research questions focused on tobacco use.

Community Health Awareness, Messages, & Prevention (CHAMP) is a team of community-based projects that aim to increase cancer early detection in and around Prince George's County, Maryland. We are based in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and work with community partners.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The center conducts statistical and bioinformatics analysis, data mining, and quantitative risk assessments in areas of public health and biomedical research. We provide our services via research collaborations.

Family Science

The Center for Healthy Families houses the training facility for the Couple and Family Therapy program in the Department of Family Science. Family therapy is provided to approximately 450 area families and couples annually. These services are provided in eight clinical therapy rooms with observation facilities attached for use by clinical supervisors.

The Maryland Maternal and Child Health Research Collaborative was established in the spirit of the University of Maryland: MPower the State agreement between the campuses in College Park and Baltimore. The purpose of the Maryland MCH Research Collaborative is to promote and foster the development of Maternal and Child Health cross-campus research collaboration.


This laboratory is a biomechanics core facility for biomechanical testing of gross human movements such as human locomotion. This space contains essential equipment for biomechanical and physiological testing and analysis for human movements such as 11 Kistler force platforms, 23 Vicon motion capture cameras, electromyography sensors, movement speed sensors, a portable metabolic unit, etc.

This lab has EEG equipment which can be used in a sound attenuated chamber.

This laboratory studies neuromechanical mechanisms of human movements in general. The current research focus includes (1) hand and multi-digit actions of people with neurological disorders, (2) locomotion in persons with lower extremity amputations and footwear, and (3) auditory feedback processing for motor performance.

This laboratory is used to study the neural control of walking and standing.  It contains a three-screen visual cave to project a moving virtual visual scene surrounding the subject, linear motors to mechanically perturb the subject, a treadmill, a kinematic tracking system to record the subject's movements, and an EMG system to record the subject's muscle activations.

The Exercise for Brain Health laboratory, led by Dr. J.Carson Smith, is focused on understanding how exercise and physical activity affect human brain function and mental health. Dr. Smith's investigations use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to examine brain function in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Our laboratory focuses on two different areas of genetics: understanding the role of genetics (gene variation) in explaining how different individuals respond to various exercise programs and why similar people can respond differently to the same stimulus. And, we are examining how exercise/physical activity can influence DNA itself (e.g., telomere biology, epigenetics). 

Welcome to the web site for the Locomotion Lab at the University of Maryland. The lab is part of the Department of Kinesiology, under the direction of Dr. Ross Miller in the Cognitive Motor Neurosciences division.

The laboratory has the capacity to do physiological, cellular, biochemical and molecular assessments of muscle function.  A key feature of the lab is the ability to examine living single muscle fibers to simultaneously assess muscle contraction and changes in intracellular calcium using imaging techniques.

Members: Director

Espen Spangenburg, Ph. D.
301-405-2483 (office)

Graduate Students

Ana Valencia (

Melissa Inigo (

The Motor Development Research Group is led by Dr. Jane E. Clark, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and dean of the . Her research focuses on the development of movement control and coordination in motor skills in children and infants.