Muscle Group at Virginia Tech
Madlyn Frisard, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Realist approach to obesity treatment in children with a focus on biological parameters that influence adherence and outcomes; mechanisms underlying food and environmental changes in body weight through regulation of energy efficiency, appetite, and satiety; mitochondrial bioenergetics and its role in obesity and metabolic disease.
Matthew Hulver, PhD
Dysregulated skeletal muscle fatty acid metabolism as it pertains to the etiology of chronic diseases/disorders such as obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes; understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for intramuscular lipid accumulation with obesity.
Dave Gerrard, PhD
Ongoing studies range from understanding the basic biochemistry involved in the transformation of muscle into meat, to applied studies involving technology transfer for monitoring fresh meat quality.
John Chappel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research
Studies how the blood vasculature develops during early organ formation and during certain diseases such as tumor progression and neurological disorders.
Robert Gourdie, PhD
Director, Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research
Researches the subunit proteins of gap junctions, which are called connexins (the channels that enable direct communication between cells).
Steven Poelzing, PhD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, VTCSM
Seeks to determine how pathological insults such as cardiac inflammation and edema modulate the risk of sudden death in the young and how age changes this relationship.
James Smyth, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Aims to understand mechanisms of cardiomyopathy at the subcellular level with the objective of identifying new targets for therapeutic interventions aimed at restoring normal cardiac function to diseased hearts.