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.

Advancing Health Promotion into Aging, using lifestyle changes and education, to manage preventable condiitions in later life. Currently we are working on community applications of health promotion with respect to the management of physical health, mental health, and substance use in later life.

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.

Our research focuses on the emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of transgender and gender non-conforming children and their families. Primarily using data from The TransKids Project, a longitudinal study examining such youngsters and their families, our current studies are examining the wellbeing of these children's mothers, and predictors of it.

Our lab is interested in the familial dynamics and wellbeing of interracial families. Our most recent data set considered various factors relating to trans-racially adopted children and their wellbeing.

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

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.