Cardiovascular Physiology Research Laboratory

The focus of the laboratory is to examine blood pressure regulation and autonomic nervous system function in humans. The lab is working on projects related to better understanding how fluid and electrolyte imbalance in the body affect blood pressure control at rest and during exercise, and brain blood vessel function. We study healthy young and older adults, and those who are hypertensive or chronically consume high dietary sodium.

Located at the University of Delaware STAR Campus, the Cardiovascular Physiology Research Lab is equipped with the ability to conduct studies employing microneurography, beat-to-beat blood pressure monitoring, and cerebrovascular assessment.

Over the years, the Cardiovascular Physiology Lab has been featured in the University of Delaware Newspaper UDaily, with pieces highlighting research about the effect of dietary salt on the cardiovascular system.

Director: William B. Farquhar


For a look into how dietary sodium affects the autonomic nervous system in a study done in collaboration with UD’s Dr. Megan Wenner and The University of Pittsburgh’s Dr. Sean Stocker, read here:

To read more about a special issue of Autonomic Neuroscience, focused on exercise and the autonomic nervous system, click here. The issue features a piece authored by Dr. Farquhar, Dr. Wenner, and Dr. Greaney.

An overview of the in-house collaboration between Dr. Farquhar and Dr. Dave Edwards can be found here, describing how dietary sodium affects the brain, heart, blood vessels, and kidneys.