Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction Laboratory at the University of Georgia
Skeletal muscle plays an essential role in locomotion, respiration, and metabolism. Unfortunately, declines in skeletal muscle function and repair are undesirable consequences of aging and disease. Our laboratory combines molecular biology and electrophysiological technologies to assess both skeletal muscle and mitochondrial physiology in vivo and in vitro. Utilizing various animal models that represent important human conditions, we are able to investigate the molecular and physiological mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction. Our long-term goal is to advance individual and societal health and well-being by developing targeted therapeutic modalities to improve muscle function and repair after injury. For more information, please see Call Lab research projects.
My undergraduate degree is in Biology from Wittenberg University. I obtained my M.S. degree (2007) in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise under Robert Grange, Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. degree (2011) in Rehabilitation Sciences under Dawn Lowe, Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. I received postdoctoral training (2011-2014) in Molecular Exercise Physiology under Zhen Yan, Ph.D. from the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Virginia. I am a proud representative of two NIH training grant awards, Minnesota Muscle Training Program & Basic Cardiovascular Research Training Grant, which provided support for my pre-doctoral and postdoctoral work, respectively. From 2012-2014, my postdoctoral work was supported by a fellowship from the American Heart Association. In August of 2014, I joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia.