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Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States. Under the direction of Dr Ryan A. Harris, PhD, CEP, FACSM, the mission of the Laboratory of Integrative Vascular and Exercise Physiology (LIVEP) is to conduct cutting-edge research that integrates vascular and exercise physiology to understand how blood vessels contribute to disease development. Within the LIVEP, we currently have research programs in:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Aging

View more Clinical Research Information.


The LIVEP is about 600 sq ft and includes cutting edge devices and integrated data processing equipment. We have a GE Logiq e and 2 GE Logiq 7 ultrasounds, a Sphygmocor arterial stiffness system, a Parvo Medics TrueOne metabolic cart, a Quinton 12 lead stress EKG system, a Nonin bluetooth pulse oximeter, 2 Lode integrative cycle ergometers, a custom plantar flexion device, a biopac system with wireless integration, pulmonary function, and blood drawing capabilities.

Laboratory Testing
To answer our research questions, we use a variety of cutting-edge techniques that are performed to address different aspects of vascular and exercise physiology. Click on the test below to learn more about it. If you are interested in collaborating with the LIVEP, send an email to Dr. Harris at
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