Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences (IPHS) Center

The Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences (IPHS) Center at Purdue University Northwest leads research, teaching and outreach with a proactive and holistic approach to human health.

The IPHS Center is in the newly renovated space in GYTE 3 and 5. We are happy to be serving PNW and NWI, and have several active studies and free health screening through a project sponsored by the Indiana Department of Health!

Map to PNW IPHS Center



Life’s Simple 7 Lecture Series

Faculty at Purdue University Northwest’s Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences Center recently completed a series of educational seminars for any community member looking for ways to improve heart health. Each of the 7 seminars covered a different topic relating to heart health.


IPHS Information

  • Expand research in human health at Purdue University Northwest
  • Increase extramural funding to PNW
  • Improve health-related initiatives and impact to PNW and Northwest Indiana
  • Provide human performance testing and dietary analysis services (future)

The IPHS Center includes the following research areas:

  • Physical activity/exercise
  • Autonomic regulation of blood pressure
  • Sleep physiology
  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Sensory physiology
  • Health and exercise psychology
  • Service and outreach focused on the ACSM Exercise is Medicine® initiative, community health, and occupational safety.
  • Studying how acute and eight-week mindfulness interventions influence blood pressure regulation (sponsored through the National Institutes of Health)
  • Evaluation and Implementation of Lifestyle Changes and Life’s Simple 7 in Northwest Indiana (Sponsored by the Indiana Department of Health)
  • Determining the effect of downhill running on muscle soreness and arterial stiffness in men and women (sponsored by the PNW Research Office)
  • Building a lower-body negative pressure chamber used to simulate gravitational challenges or hemorrhage (sponsored by the Indiana Space Grant Consortium)
  • Examining the cardiometabolic effects of Hibiscus sabdariffa tea (sponsored by the PNW Research Office)
  • Please contact the IPHS Center Coordinator Grant Thivierge  if you have any questions.
  • Hausmann motorized tilt table
  • Finapres NOVA system
  • SphygmoCor CPVH pulse wave velocity system
  • Two Omron HEM-907XL automated blood pressure cuffs
  • University of Iowa Nerve Traffic Analysis System
  • Grass Technology S48 Stimulator
  • Tuttnauer ValuKlave autoclave
  • Four SunTech Oscar 2 ambulatory blood pressure monitors
  • Four Philips Respironics Spectrum Pro actigraphy watches
  • Trackmaster TMX58 programmable treadmill
  • Baseline hydraulic hand dynamometer with pressure attachments
  • Baseline skinfold caliper
  • Two Dell research laptops
  • One Dell desktop computer with dual monitors
  • Dataq Instruments 16 channel hardware and software

Research Coordinator

Grant Thivierge

Grant S. Thivierge, M.S.

Research Coordinator

(219) 989-2602

Hammond Campus, NILS 209

Core Faculty


John J. Durocher, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, CSCS

Nils K. Nelson Associate Professor of Integrative Human Health

(219) 989-2625

Hammond Campus, NILS 340D
Westville Campus, DSAC 1093

Matthew Bauman

Matthew J. Bauman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management

(219) 989-8304

Hammond, HTMB 123

Hassan Naji is pictured.

Hassan Naji, Ph.D.



Hammond Campus, NILS 340M

Ezra Mutai is pictured.

Ezra Mutai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition

(219) 989-2615

Hammond, HTMB 131

Matthew A. Ladwig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Integrative Human Health

(219) 989-2738

Hammond Campus, NILS 340B

Julia L. Rogers, D.N.P., APRN, CNS, FNP-BC, FAANP

Assistant Professor

(219) 989-2981

NILS 225

Barbara Pudelek is pictured.

Barbara Pudelek, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

(219) 989-2399

Hammond, NILS 225

News and Announcements

A group of people during Roaring Loud

Ten highlights from the 2022-23 academic year

The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) community enjoyed an academic year filled with new achievements in scholarly research, engaging student life events, and community impact.

NWI Times: NWI’s leading killer preys on poor lifestyle choices, social barriers

NWI Times Article: “Heart disease has been the top cause of death in the Region for over 20 years; the access residents have to healthy choices is a leading reason why. “

John Durocher

PNW awarded $133,000 from state of Indiana for work to improve local cardiovascular health

PNW’s Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences (IPHS) Center has received a grant for $133,000 from the Indiana Department of Health (IDH), as part of the department’s Health Issues and Challenges program, for local initiatives to improve and promote cardiovascular health.