Transforming Human Health through the Science of Peak Performance

Discovering biological principles to optimize human performance and transform human health on a global scale.

The scientific and sports communities believe that human performance is a neglected area of modern science-one that is ready for transformational growth and contributions to elevate the abilities of all people across society.

By comprehensively studying athletes of various ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and disciplines, the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance is trailblazing new possibilities.

Credit: Scott Flanders

Alliance Members

Almost all of what we know about health comes from the study of disease. Our scientific collaboration takes the opposite approach: we are studying peak performance, with the goal of enabling all people to achieve optimal health and well-being.

Credit: Erik Jepsen

We are discovering the biological principles that govern optimum performance. By uncovering these principles, we will make optimal health more accessible to all people.

We envision a vibrant community of researchers, trainees, athletes, coaches, and clinicians working together to help shape the future of human performance. We welcomes new partners to join this community.

Our Vision

Our Team @ UC San Diego

Learn more about our team

Openings Available for Master’s Students

We are recruiting ambitious, self-motivated individuals to join our lab for a 1-2 year thesis-based Master’s project. You will work under the supervision of faculty, staff, research scientists, and postdoctoral scholars, and together with other graduate and undergraduate students to become an expert in your field. Contact lab manager, Jen Stowe (, for details.
Project 1: A computational analysis project, as part of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance ( Use collected experimental data to understand the relationship underlying the molecular mechanisms of exercise.
Project 2: A hands-on engineering project under the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance ( Design, build, test, and iterate the second generation of our mouse resistance exercise cage.
Project 3: A mixed computational modeling and experimental project to apply video footage and force plate data to build and expand current models of mouse biomechanics, as part of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance (