Applied Exercise Science Laboratory

Administrative Research Center, Room A53

3100 Marine Street, Room A53
Administrative Research Center, 554 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0554
Lab Phone: 303-735-0358
Fax: 303-735-4125

Research Interests

  • The focus of the Applied Exercise Science Laboratory (AESL) is to examine
    changes associated with long- and short-term physical activity and to determine
    the role of these changes in improving health and athletic performance.


  • Director: William C. Byrnes, Ph.D.
  • Doctoral Students: Molly Welsh, Benjamin Ryan, Eric Homestead, James Peterman.
  • Masters Students: Matt Batliner, Lewis Kane.
  • Undergraduate Students: David Caha, Eric Contini, Shalaya Kipp, Jeff Warren.
  • Collaborators: Rodger Kram, Ph.D., Locomotion Laboratory, University of Colorado at Boulder; David Allen, Ph.D., Molecular/Cellular Physiology Laboratory, University of Colorado at Boulder; Edward Melanson, Ph.D., Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, University of Colorado - School of Medicine; Major Michael Brothers, Ph.D., Human Performance Laboratory, United States Air Force Academy; Randall Wilber, Ph.D., Performance Services, United States Olympic Committee; Walter Schmidt, Ph.D. and Nicole Prommer, Ph.D., Department of Sports Medicine, University of Bayreuth, Germany; Steven Fleck, Ph.D., Department of Exercise Science, Colorado College.
Measuring the energetics of load-carrying in Nepal

Current Research Projects

  • To investigate the benefits of low- to very low-intensity physical activity using passive cycling.
  • To examine the accuracy of estimating how many calories you expend during
  • To examine potential beneficial physiological and functional adaptations resulting from repeated, low-level carbon monoxide (CO) inhalation.
  • To investigate the role of connective tissue in exercise-induced muscle damage and repair in humans.
  • To determine how biomechanical factors influence the energetic cost of running
    in average and elite runners.


Recent Publications