The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine contains 40,000 sq ft of research and office space, with 7 major laboratories supported by approximately 40 technical staff. These laboratories are tightly integrated and organized intellectually along the "oxygen cascade" – the path that oxygen must follow through the body from the external environment through the lungs, heart, and skeletal muscle to perform physical activity.

Our broad areas of interest therefore include environmental physiology (temperature regulation, high altitude physiology, hyperbaric medicine, water immersion), respiratory physiology, cardiovascular regulation, neural control of the circulation, and muscle metabolism. Each laboratory, led by a specific faculty member, has both a research focus and a clinical application; as such, this institute is one of a very few clinical research centers in the world that fosters the fusion of basic science and clinical medicine in a program designed specifically to study human physiology.