Cramer Hall, Room 004DC
604 N. 16th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
The Human Performance Assessment Core (HPAC) is the result of a vision by faculty members in the Exercise Science program. Marquette University’s president, Dr. Michael Lovell, initiated the Innovation Fund and the first round of awardees included the HPAC. This allowed for capital equipment purchases and renovations in Cramer Hall to build a laboratory to support the HPAC mission. The HPAC began supporting research in the department in early 2016, hired its director, Toni Uhrich, and officially opened its doors that summer. It is a fee-for-service model and is housed in the College of Health Sciences.
The HPAC mission is threefold: teaching of the next generation of exercise scientists; assessment of human health and physical performance; and research collaboration in human movement across all abilities.
Toni Uhrich has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Florida State University and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. She spent a year at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as a sports scientist doing research and testing with various teams including cycling, biathlon, weight lifting and track. For 22 years she has taught in the Marquette undergraduate exercise physiology labs — a responsibility she continues. Prior to directing the HPAC, she did research in physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, specifically on blood pressure control and endothelial function related to ischemic reperfusion injury. As the director of the HPAC, she is committed to the three pillars of their mission: teaching, research and testing. Her personal goal is to bring together minds from across the Marquette campus, have a positive impact in Marquette athletics, do meaningful research, and provide high-end service to the community at large.
Faculty from Marquette, both in and out of the department, and from the Medical College of Wisconsin are available to assist or collaborate with HPAC activities as additional expertise is required.
Mark Caballero joined the Department of Physical Therapy, Exercise Science program at Marquette University in the fall of 2014 after receiving a bachelor's from the program in spring 2014. He helps with VO2max testing, submaximal testing, anaerobic performance testing, body composition and lactate analysis. Mark received his master's from Marquette University’s Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science graduate program in 2016. He focused on team-based aerobic exercise interventions (triathlon, cross-country running, and mountain biking) as a method to engage sedentary, overweight and obese Latino youth in physical activity. As a nationally ranked triathlete, Mark enjoys training and competing with high-level athletes as well as coaching age group athletes. He currently helps with the HPAC to test athletes — ranging from competitive age group athletes to Olympic caliber athletes — and to develop and lead cycling training programs.
HPAC typically has 1–2 interns per semester that spend time learning about human performance testing. They are encouraged to present at local or national scientific meetings.