Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene & Exercise Science

Research topics

 Role of free radicals and antioxidant in skeletal muscle health

 Cell signaling and muscle adaptation to acute and chronic exercise

 Molecular mechanism of muscle disuse atrophy

 Antioxidant and phytochemical supplementation

 Mechanism and prevention of Sarcopenia

 Mitochondrial homeostasis and dynamics


Lab News

Kinesiology professor Arthur Leon, MD, featured in CEHD’s Connect

Tuesday, August 14, 2018: Arthur Leon, M.D., professor emeritus in the School of Kinesiology and long-time director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES), is featured in the Fall 2018 issue of the CEHD magazine, Connect. The story, “A Mind for Science, a Heart for Health,” follows Leon’s illustrious career at the U of M, which began […]


Donald R. Dengel awarded Henry L. Taylor-Arthur S. Leon Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement

Wednesday, June 27, 2018: Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor of exercise physiology in the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded the Henry L. Taylor-Arthur S. Leon Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement. Dr. Dengel is the director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, which provides clinical vascular, metabolic, exercise and body composition testing for researchers across the University of […]


Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Tianou Zhang presents at Nutrition 2018 conference

Monday, June 18, 2018: Tianou Zhang, doctoral candidate in the School of Kinesiology and graduate assistant in the Laboratory of Physical Hygiene and Exercise Science, presented at the Nutrition 2018 conference in Boston held June 9-12. His presentation, “Oat Avenanthramides Protects Against Eccentric Exercise Induced Muscle Inflammation in Human after Downhill Running,” reported the results of a research study he […]


Kinesiology’s Prof. Arthur Leon honored in retirement celebration; endowed professorship renamed Taylor-Leon Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement

Thursday, May 31, 2018: A retirement celebration on May 30 in honor of Arthur S. Leon, M.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, brought together current and former faculty and staff in the School of Kinesiology, Leon’s former graduate students and postdocs, and many of his fellow researchers and family members. Leon joined the University of Minnesota, School of Public […]


Tianou Zhang accepts tenure-track position at UTSA

Wednesday, May 9, 2018: Tianou Zhang, doctoral candidate in School of Kinesiology, has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). Zhang will be an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition beginning this August. He will teach courses in Exercise and Nutrition, and continue his research on beneficial effects of phytochemicals supplementation […]


Ji lab publishes two research articles on oat avenanthramides

Thursday, March 29, 2018: Members of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science (LPHES) under the directorship of Li Li Ji, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published the following research articles: Tianou Zhang, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology, is the lead author of the research study titled, “Absorption and Elimination of […]


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