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Operational Readiness & Health

Our Warfighter Performance Laboratory is a 6,000 square foot laboratory space located on the Third Fleet Complex in San Diego. The research capabilities in the Warfighter Performance lab allow our scientists to conduct a wide range of studies under one roof for the challenges faced by modern warfighters, including fatigue, heat stress, musculoskeletal injury, and cognitive performance.


The Physical and Cognitive Operational Research Environment (PhyCORE) is used to create immersive virtual reality environments to maximize user engagement during research that focuses on optimizing operational readiness or improving rehabilitation.

The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) is an immersive virtual reality system with visual, auditory, vestibular, and tactile sensory inputs. System features include:

  • A treadmill centered in the platform with integrated force plates to measure ground reaction forces
  • A 180-degree wide, 9-foot tall curved screen surrounding the platform
  • Motion capture cameras integrated with the screen to track user movement

Sleep & Fatigue Lab

  • 2-bedroom sleep laboratory
  • Sleep monitoring using gold standard and innovative technologies
  • Sleep disorder diagnostics
  • Integrative performance assessments via NHRC’s immersive virtual reality environment

Environmental Physiology Lab

Our environmental chamber, one of six configured for human use research within the Department of Defense (DoD), allows us to recreate environmental conditions, such as you would find on a ship, recreate anticipated workloads, and conduct research in a controlled environment. The chamber, which is 20-feet wide by 29-feet long and is the newest in DoD, has the following capabilities:

  • Temperature range of -23 °F to 130 °F
  • Humidity range of 15–90%
  • Wind speeds of 0.5–5.0 mph
  • Two, 4-person treadmills (5-foot wide by 9-foot long)
  • Laser rifle shooting system with reaction time capability

Functional Fitness

  • High-density EEG system: 128-channel, whole-head EEG acquisition system with integrated galvanic skin response, temperature, respiration and heart rate sensors to monitor electrical brain activity and associated physiological indicators
  • Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometers: Determine bone composition, lean mass, and fat mass in various subject population
  • Reduced oxygen breathing devices: Simulate sea level-equivalent atmospheric oxygen contents for altitudes up to 34,000 feet
  • Multi-channel electromyography and accelerometers

Operational Infectious Diseases

We have research assistants located at multiple DoD facilities across the United States to conduct infectious diseases surveillance. Additionally, we conduct surveillance at sites along the U.S.-Mexico border and at Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan.

Our microbiology and molecular biology laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and we are one of 35 worldwide partners in the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS), a section of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB).


Microbiology Lab (Virology and Bacteriology)

Our microbiology team specializing in the isolation and identification of respiratory and enteric pathogens.

  • Virus isolation in various cell lines, identification by immunofluorescence
  • Hemaglutination-inhibition (HAI) and virus neutralization testing
  • Ability to identify and conduct antimicrobial susceptibility testing of clinically relevant bacterial isolates

Molecular Biology (Virology and Bacteriology)

  • Automated nucleic acid extraction capabilities for high throughput processing
  • High-throughput PCR and RT-PCR testing for a wide variety of pathogens
  • Multiplex assays performed via NxTAG and Filmarray technology
  • Ability to run Emergency Use Authorization Assays for MERS-CoV, Ebola virus, H7N9 influenza, enterovirus D68, and the Trioplex assay (Zika virus, Chikungunya, Dengue virus)
  • Further characterization of identified pathogens, including whole genome sequencing

Specimen Archive

Large capacity, state-of-the-art freezer archive with nearly one million specimens that provide the ability to verify results with traditional culture and serological methods.