Trent J Herda

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2224
101BE Robinson Health and Physical Education Center

Trent J. Herda, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and is currently the Director of the Neuromechanics Laboratory. Dr. Herda completed his doctoral work in exercise physiology at the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Cramer. Dr. Herda received his BS (2005) degree in exercise science from the University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and MS (2007) degree from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, in exercise physiology. Dr. Herda is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Dr. Herda’s research interests include the noninvasive assessment of muscle function with surface electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography (MMG) and the effects of aging, vibration, and passive stretching on neuromuscular function and the biomechanical properties of the muscle-tendon unit. Currently, his primary focus is on the development of a noninvasive model to distinguish muscle fiber typing and the decomposition of surface EMG signals into single motor unit action potentials. In addition, Dr. Herda investigates the effects of nutritional supplementation on anabolic biomarkers (i.e. rapamycin pathway [mTOR]), body composition, sport and functional performance across the lifespan. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles in journals such Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Muscle and Nerve, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, and Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2011
  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2007
  • B.S., Exercise Science, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2005

Specialization(s)

Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular Function, and Nutritional Supplementation

Awards/Honors

  • Docking Young Faculty Scholar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
  • NSCA Student Research Award, NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • NSCA Challenge Scholarship, NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Doctoral Student Research Award Recipient. Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman
  • G. Michael Sims Scholarship Award Recipient. Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Research Interest(s)

Dr. Herda’s research interests include the noninvasive assessment of muscle function with surface electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography (MMG) and the effects of aging, vibration, and passive stretching on neuromuscular function and the biomechanical properties of the muscle-tendon unit.  Currently, his primary focus is on the development of a noninvasive model to distinguish muscle fiber typing and the decomposition of surface EMG signals into single motor unit action potentials.  In addition, Dr. Herda investigates the effects of nutritional supplementation on anabolic biomarkers (i.e. rapamycin pathway [mTOR]), body composition, sport and functional performance across the lifespan. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles in journals such Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Muscle and Nerve, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, and Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Collaborators

  • Dr. Joel T. Cramer, Oklahoma State University, Applied Musculoskeletal and Human Physiology Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Eric D. Ryan, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Pablo B. Costa, California State University – Sab Bernardino, Human Performance Laboratory
  • Dr. Terry J. Housh, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Exercise Physiology Laboratory
It's still not too late to register your team of 5 bowlers. Join us on 1/31/15 for an evening of friendly competition with Scot & Dawn Pollard and help us raise funds for KU School of Education student scholarships. Registration forms available online to submit today: http://soe.ku.edu/bowling Tags: #KUSOE
Submit your team of 5 & bowl with Scot & Dawn Pollard. Proceeds benefit #KUSOE students: http://t.co/2Hg64SMiIb http://t.co/2bI7sMgh66
Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


Why KU
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • HSES faculty and KU Athletics collaborate on the Research and Coaching Performance Team to study sports performance
  • Angela Lumpkin was named to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Hall of Fame
  • The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education