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About Us

The Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) is a state-of-the art research facility located in Riverview Suites on the University's of Massachusetts Lowell's South Campus. It is designed to enhance faculty research and student experiences. The HAL builds on the strengths of the departments in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and aims to be a center of excellence in human health assessment.

The research conducted at the HAL is interdisciplinary; integrating the fields of biomedical engineering, clinical laboratory science, ergonomics, exercise physiology, nutrition, nursing, and physical therapy. The HAL also serves as a facility for use by our external and community partners.

Overall Goal

The goal of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences in supporting the HAL is to advance and communicate knowledge in the fields of nutrition and fitness; this includes development and validation of innovative methods to collect, synthesize, and interpret human assessment data. A natural second goal of the HAL is to support UMass Lowell investigators studying human health, nutrition, fitness, and performance by providing this core facility for human assessment.

The Facility & Equipment

The Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) is a 2,873 square foot facility. It includes three large research rooms, a sample collection room including phlebotomy equipment, two dressing rooms, four assessment rooms with one housing our DXA machine, and an interview room. In addition, there is a student collaboration space where students are encouraged to work with their peers to think critically about the research that is happening right in front of them.

HAL is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment spanning the interdisciplinary fields within the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences. This includes:

  • Discovery QDR Series X-Ray Bone Densitometer WI (DXA)
  • COSMED Quark CPET Metabolic Measurement System
  • Woodway Treadmill
  • Lode Excalibur Sport Bicycle
  • ParvoMedics TrueOne 2400 Metabolic Measurement System
  • Finometer (non-invasive beat-to-beat blood pressure monitoring)
  • Power Spin MX Centrifuge
  • Cholestech (serum cholesterol, lipid, and glucose measurements)