Research Laboratories

The Human Immunology and Nutrition Research Laboratory (HINRL) is located in a 3,000 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building and its significant equipment includes a CO2 incubator, laminar flow hood and two safety cabinets, Nikon inverted fluorescence microscopy with CCD video imaging, PerkinElmer Victor3 multilabel counter (fluorescence, luminescence, absorbance), Beckman high-speed centrifuge, Eppendorf centrifuge, Clinical centrifuge, TOMTEC cell harvester, Bio-Radbiologic duo-flow pathfinder 20 system (HPLC), fraction collector, analytical balance, UVP imaging system with digital camera (DNA and protein gels), UV/BIS Spectrometer, vertical and horizontal electrophoresis system, Bio-Rad electrophoretic transfer system, incubator-shaker, UV-cross linker, hybridization oven, sonicator, analytical balance, pH meter, two incubator, Bio-Rad iCycler for Q-RT-PCR, Eclipse 600 microscope with digital camera, two microscopes, NanoDrop, water baths, Cholestech L-D-X, Hemoglobinometer, 4oC refrigerator and freezers (-20oC, -70oC, -140oC) for long term storage of bacteria and cell lines, dark room for developing auto-radiographs, wash room equipped with distilled water system, autoclaves, dishwasher, storage space for chemicals and media, and a human blood draw station.

The bench laboratory is equipped for the collection, handling and processing of blood samples and is equipped to perform both clinical chemistry and immunochemistry. Equipment includes: a refrigerated Eppendorf centrifuge to separate plasma, 4 oC refrigerator, -80 oC Freezer for storing blood samples, and laminar flow hood, a Tosoh AIA 360 immuno-analyzer. Portable equipment used for field research includes Cholestech LDX portable chemistry auto-analyzer, Bayer 2000 DCA Hemoglobin AIC analyzer, Hemocue hemoglobin and glucose analyzers, stadiometers, weight balances.

The Nutrient Analysis Laboratory is located in a 392 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building and is equipped for the analysis of macro- and micro-nutrient composition of food and biological samples. The equipment includes a Pekin-Elmer AAnalyst 700 atomic absorption spectrometer with graphite furnace, Goldfisch fat extractor, crude fiber apparatus, combination Kjeldahl digestion and distillation, Rapidstill 1 Microdigestor, large muffle oven, lab oven, Sartorius GP5202 precision balance, Sartorius GP503 class II balance, OHAUS moisture balance, pH meter and other assorted small equipment.

The Dietary and Sensory Analysis Laboratory is located in a 100 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building and contains desktop and portable computers used to collect and analyze dietary data using the ESHA II Food Analysis software system, NASCO food models, and other dietary assessment tools. Construction of a fully functional sensory analysis unit is planned for the near future.

The Experimental Foods Laboratory is located in a 392 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building and contains stainless steel storage cabinets, three mobile work tables, a landing table, four full-size range stoves with ovens, a set of double-stacked convection ovens, table-top industrial size microwave ovens, an industrial size griddle, an upright industrial freezer and upright industrial refrigerator with glass fronts, an industrial food steamer, food mixer, wire mesh shelving, food grinder, exhaust hoods, hand sink and three-compartment industrial sink.

The Metabolism, Nutrition, & Exercise Research (MiNER) Laboratory is located in a 2,900 ft2 space in the College of Health Sciences main building. The MiNER Laboratory is comprised of eight independent rooms and a bench laboratory area facilitating a research capacity that spans from large population descriptive surveys to very complex molecular and endocrinological mechanisms of disease. This research space is highly conducive and supportive of the interdisciplinary collaborative culture of the College of Health Sciences. Major equipment available includes: metabolic measurement systems, ECG systems, cardiac output systems, treadmills, cycle ergometers, underwater weighing tank, residual volume system, bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), Bod Pod, bone densitometer (DXA), ultrasound systems, peripheral blood flow system, and environmental chamber. Major bench laboratory equipment includes: fume hoods, high-speed refrigerated centrifuge, spectrophotometers, electrolyte analyzer, osmometer, whole blood analyzers, Tosoh AIA 360 immunoassay analyzer, Hemoglobin/A1C analyzer, incubators, water baths, and western blot and cell culture facilities.

The Kinesiology Fitness Research Facility is located in a 2,000 ft2 space of the Ross Moore building. The facility is fully equipped to conduct fitness and strength and conditioning programs, as well as research protocols. Major cardiovascular training equipment available includes treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles, Olympic platforms with Olympic bumper set, Life Fitness resistance training machine, and Troy dumbbell sets. Other types of training equipment are also available, including plyometric, speed, agility, and balance training accessories; and medicine and Swiss balls.

The Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory is located in a 2,000 ft2 space in the Larry K. Durham Building, with four additional rooms for subject interviews and preparation. The Laboratory is equipped with three mounted AMTI force platforms, a portable force platform, a 4-camera Vicon Motus 3-D motion analysis system with automatic digitizing, an 8-camera Vicon MX real-time motion capture system, an 8-channel tethered EMG system, a 16-channel wireless EMG system, a Biodex isovelocity dynamometer, a Tekscan walkway, a wireless 16-channel Clevemed Biocapture Pro for physiological data capture, and an Applied Science Laboratories H6 high speed head mounted eye tracker with eye/head integration. Other equipment includes WorldViz 4.0 Virtual Reality Developer, an eMagin Z800 3DVisor for head mounted virtual reality display, an A395 Linear Stimulus Isolator from World Precision Instruments, a Brower timing system, a uniaxial accelerometer, a medical scale and stadiometer, reflex hammers, calipers, a treadmill and a cycle ergometer.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic (SHC) occupies 3,000 ft2 in the College’s Campbell Building. This clinic is equipped for clinical and research purposes: there are four therapy rooms with one-way mirrors for observation and supervision; a three-station video lab and recording system for data collection and analysis; and an audiology suite with a sound-proof booth. It also includes computerized speech lab equipment and software, including videostroboscopy, nasometry, and respiratory/airflow measurement tools; eye-tracking technology; and EEG/ERP technology.

The Concussion Management Clinic (CMC) occupies a 1,000 ft2 space that is part of the UTEP Speech and Hearing Clinic, located in the Campbell Building. Clinic staff and participating faculty provide the experience and expertise to properly manage post-concussion recovery. Sports related concussion management involves the latest cognitive testing instrument (ImPactTM), a well-developed plan and consultation to maximize recovery. The Clinic offers baseline assessment and post-concussion assessment and treatment to assess cognitive functioning and guide recovery. The clinic is led by Dr. Anthony P. Salvatore, Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Board Certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS), clinically certified in speech-language pathology and licensed to practice by the State of Texas.

The Motor Control and Virtual Reality Research Laboratory is located in a 1,000 ft2 space in the College’s Campbell Building. This laboratory, the first of its kind in the far west Texas/El Paso region, utilizes specialized facilities to conduct research in neurorehabilitation and the associated neurosciences, incorporating biomechanics, sensory integration, cognitive function and motor control research techniques. Virtual reality technologies provide opportunities to conduct research that support the development and evaluation of diagnostic techniques and treatments for individuals with neurological disorders such as traumatic brain injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis. The treatment of deficits in motor control, sensory function, vestibular and visual processing can be simulated using the technology and then generalized to natural, everyday situations. These technologies will also be used to understand visual-vestibular (vision/inner-ear) integration during locomotor activities and the central adaptive responses of these sensory systems. This work has direct applications to fall prevention, and to restoring locomotion to frail and mobility-limited populations.

The Rehabilitation Sciences Clinical Teaching Laboratory occupies a 3,000 ft2 space in the College’s Campbell Building. This laboratory is equipped for clinical and research purposes with two therapy rooms with one-way mirrors for observation and supervision. It also includes two separate offices and a conference room to allow for individual and group work. The laboratory is designed to provide job coaching and placement, and supports employment and vocational adjustment training in part through a partnership with Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services — Division of Rehabilitation Services. The laboratory provides practical on-the-job training through interaction with clients and direct contact with professionals in the field, integrating didactic preparation with actual practice.