Texas Tech University

Hui Ying Luk, Ph.D. CSCS*D


Researcher: Hui Ying Luk,  Ph.D. CSCS*D

Title: Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology

Laboratory: Room 121, Applied Exercise Physiology 



Personal Statement

Dr. Luk completed her Ph.D. in Biology, major in Exercise Physiology at the University of North Texas. Dr. Luk's research involves investigating the effect of different exercises (e.g., resistance and endurance exercise in extreme environments) on immune and hormonal response as well as the effect of post-exercise binge alcohol drinking on physical performance and inflammatory capacity. Previous research experiences at the University of Connecticut also included resistance exercise and human performance, nutritional interventions, endocrine adaptation to exercise, and circadian rhythms. Additionally, Dr. Luk received funding from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine to study the role of exercise-induced hormonal response on the skeletal muscle satellite cell (muscle stem cell) myogenic process. The purpose of these works was to uncover the potential role of exercise-induced hormones on satellite cell myogenic process in response to muscle damage, and if there is a difference between men and women. The broader application of her research agenda is to understand the physiological mechanisms that affect skeletal muscle growth and atrophy in aging and the results from those projects will serve as a fundamental basis for future study on the influence of the internal physiological (e.g. inflammation, hormones, etc.) environment on satellite cell myogenic activity in older adults.

Application of expertise to health disparity research

Dr. Luk expands her research into the study of the role of skeletal muscle capillarization in muscle adaptative (i.e., morphologically and molecularly) response to exercise training in young and older populations. Also, her current studies are focused on the identification of different exercise and nutritional intervention to further augment inflammatory state and satellite cell function in older adults.

Laboratory Skills Capabilities:

  • Perform western blotting
  • Perform enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays
  • Perform multiplex assays
  • Cell culture
  • Perform muscle biopsy

Laboratory Equipment:

  • Simple Western
  • Luminex 200

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
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