Muscle Group at Virginia Tech
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
Associate 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
Co-Director, Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Graduate Program
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
Associate 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.