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Lab Director

Dr. Jacob Mota is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management at Texas Tech University. He also directs the Neuromuscular and Occupational Performance Laboratory and leads a team of talented researchers. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina under the close supervision of Dr. Eric Ryan. Prior to this, he earned his M.S. and B.S. from Texas Tech University through the guidance of Dr. Matt Stock. Aside from his research and teaching at Texas Tech University, Dr. Mota also serves as a health and wellness consultant to fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and businesses.


Mota's research interests include determining the role of neuromuscular function on performance and injury risk for physically demanding occupations. Additionally, he is passionate about continuing to uncover the neuromuscular mechanisms that lead to adaptations from resistance training and other exercises. Techniques in his laboratory utilize surface electromyography, commercial and custom-built dynamometry, transcutaneous electrical and transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques, and B-mode ultrasonography.


He has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-impact journals such as Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, Applied Ergonomics, Experimental Gerontology, and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, among others. His work has previously been funded by the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOSH) and the NSCA Foundation. He also has been previously recognized at the university level for his mentorship of students.


Mota is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) where he holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning credential with Distinction (CSCS, *D) and previously served as a member of the NSCA North Carolina advisory board. Furthermore, he serves as an active peer reviewer for various journals including the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Biomechanics, Experimental Gerontology, PeerJ, and PLOS ONE.


While Dr. Mota is driven by his passion for research, he finds great fulfillment in helping young scientists grow and thrive in their careers. Outside of the office, you may find Jake spending time with his loving wife and daughter, enjoying Red Raider and Tar Heel sports, or sipping on a cup of coffee - preferably combined! 

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2016 - 2020

Ph.D. in Human Movement Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Medicine

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2014 - 2016

M.S. in Kinesiology

Focus in Human Performance

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Faculty Positions

2022 - Current

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management

Texas Tech University 

Lubbock, Texas

2020 - 2022

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Department of Kinesiology

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

2011 - 2014

B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science

Minor in Nutrition

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

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