Get Involved in Research! Opportunity in Muscular Dystrophy

Undergraduate research opportunities for engaged and responsible sophomore students are available in a lab working on translational research projects in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cardiomyopathy. Specific current research interests are focused on defining the inflammatory signaling in skeletal muscle and heart and testing the outcomes of clinically relevant therapies on heart failure progression. Students will be trained in a variety of techniques including mouse handling and dissection, DNA isolation, PCR, immunofluorescence staining and imaging. More advanced students will also learn RNA isolation and amplification techniques, and wester blot analysis. A long-term commitment for ~10 hrs/week during the academic year (3 credits of independent research) and full-time paid employment during summers are required. Prerequisites include completion of general chemistry sequence, and the interest and motivation to complete projects in the muscular dystrophy field. Interested students should send a resume by email to:

Jill Rafael-Fortney, PhD

Professor, Physiology and Cell Biology

To learn more about Dr. Rafael-Fortney’s research, go to¬†