Education
Ph.D.    Bioengineering, University of Washington (2007)
B.S.      Physics, University of Utah (2001)


Overview
My research focuses on normal, mutated, and diseased proteins that influence muscle contraction and relaxation.  I integrate mathematical modeling, computational simulations, and experimental analyses to investigate complex network behavior among muscle proteins that underlie contractile function at the cellular and tissue level.  By applying these techniques to a variety of muscle preparations I capitalize on functional diversity among species and diseases to better characterize the role of muscle in locomotion and heart disease.



Fun with fruit flies and mammalian
skeletal muscle at Argonne National Labs
in 2008.  Photo credit: Mark S. Miller