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Welcome to the Molecular Muscle Physiology Laboratory

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Research Focus

The Molecular Muscle Physiology Laboratory is headed by Prof. Marni D. Boppart. 

The focus of our laboratory engages understanding the molecular adaptations of skeletal muscle to mechanical force.

Our research focuses on examining the role of the α7β1 integrin as a mechanosensor that regulates cellular signaling and protects against skeletal muscle injury.  We are currently using a combination of in vivo and in vitro models to determine the potential role of the integrin and other extracellular matrix proteins.

Please see Current Research for what we are presently working on!

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