Muscle Forum Schedule

Spring 2024

Every Thursday, 11 AM-12 PM EST

Zoom link:


Please contact Dr. Chris Fry if you are interested in presenting.

DATE                       PRESENTER AND TITLE
January 11

Dr. Christopher Fry, “Molecular Targeting of Quadriceps Neuromuscular Instability after Lower Limb Injury”

January 18 Journal Club – led by Nick Thomas
January 25 Dr. Ahmed Ismaeel, “Division-Independent Differentiation of Muscle Stem Cells During a Growth Stimulus”
February 1 Journal Club
February 8 Cancel – Chris at MRS study section
February 15 Dr. Christopher Perry, York University, (Title coming soon)
February 22 TBA
February 29 Journal Club
March 7 TBA
March 14 Spring Break
March 21 Dr. Emily Lantz, University of Texas Medical Branch, (Title coming soon)
March 28 Dr. Zach Hettinger, Harvard University, "Muscle Stem Cell Aging:  Insights from Super-Resolution Microscopy"
April 4 Dr. David Hughes, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, “Identifying a Novel Role for UBR-box E3 Ubiquitin Ligases in Skeletal Muscle Metabolism and Plasticity”
April 11 Journal Club
April 18 Dr. David Church, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, "The Underappreciated Role of Muscle in Health and Disease"



Archived Forum Schedules


Aug 24        

Dr. Davis Englund, Mayo Clinic, “Cellular senescence as a mediator of skeletal muscle metabolism and health” (NOTE: different time/location: 3PM, MN263)

Aug 31         

Nick Thomas Journal Club 

Sept 7 

Dr. Evangelia Kalaitzoglou, “Pharmacologic inhibition of myostatin with a myostatin antibody improves the skeletal muscle and bone phenotype of male insulin-deficient diabetic mice”

Sept 14  

Dr. Allison Owen, NIGMS MIRA ESI chat

Sept 21  

Alex Keeble Journal Club

Sept 28

Dr. Tolulope Saliu, “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Muscle Atrophy in Metabolic Diseases and Development of Reporter Mice for Detection of Renal Injury”

Oct 5

Journal Club

Oct 12

Dr. Christopher Fry, “Quadriceps molecular reprogramming and neuromuscular junction instability following knee injury”

Oct 19

Journal Club
Oct 26

Dr. Agnieszka Borowik, OMRF, “Myonuclei can replicate DNA” 

Nov 2

Dr. Matt Stock, University of Central Florida, "When muscles get stronger, but not bigger:  Candidate mechanisms for changes in skeletal muscle quality"

Nov 9

Dr. Allison Owen and Alex Keeble, “Cellular senescence as a target for muscle dysfunction in posttraumatic osteoarthritis”

Nov 16

Journal Club

Nov 23


Nov 30

Dr. Jason Doles, IUPUI, “Modeling and targeting cancer-associated muscle wasting”

Dec 6

Journal Club


January 12      

Dylan Wilburn, Baylor University, “Utilizing Electron Microscopy to Compare Ultrastructural Alterations in Peripheral Artery Disease Skeletal Muscle”

January 19       

Journal Club – cancel – Liz chat

January 26         


February 2

Drs. John McCarthy and Esther Dupont, “Skeletal Muscle Nuclei in Mice are not Post-mitotic”

February 9

Dr. Marcas Bamman, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, “Convergence of Human Biology and Machines: What’s Next?”

February 16

Journal Club

February 23

Dr. Gilson Capilouto, “Bridging Research and Innovation to Advance Clinical Practice

March 2

Dr. Jamie Baum, University of Arkansas, “Food for thought: Does muscle drive food intake?”

March 9

Dr. Jean Fry “Low Vitamin D status associates with skeletal muscle atrophy following ACL reconstruction”
March 16

Spring Break/UF Muscle Meeting

March 23

Dr. Allison Owen, "Macrophage Reprogramming via Toll-like Receptor (TLR) Signaling:  Mechanisms and Therapeutic Potential"

March 30

Journal Club

April 6

Dr. Cheavar Blair, title TBD

April 13

Dr. Ken Campbell, “Multiscale simulations that predict patterns of ventricular growth observed in cardiovascular disease”

April 20 



August 25

Dr. Ahmed Ismaeel “Regulation of skeletal muscle mitochondrial function by microRNAs”
September 1

Journal Club

September 8

Dr. Amy Johnson, Nanostring, “CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager: a multiomic platform for high-plex, single-cell spatial transcriptomics and proteomics”

September 15

Journal Club (CTW 214B)

September 22

OFF-ACSM IPE Conference

September 29

Journal Club (CTW 214B)

October 6

Dr. Andrew D’Lugos, California State University, Chico, “Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia: Countering Disease with Physical Activity”

October 13

Dr. Allison Owen, "Macrophage Reprogramming via Toll-like Receptor (TLR) Signaling:  Mechanisms and Therapeutic Potential" 

October 20

Dr. David Glass, Regeneron, TBA

October 27

Journal Club (CTW 214B)

November 3

Nate Barry, Director of Athletic Optimization, Wild Health, “Genetic optimization for athletic performance”

November 10

Journal Club (CTW 214B)

November 17

Dr. Paige Rice, Wake Forest University, “The Stretch-Shortening Cycle: From Cells to System”

November 24


December 1

Austin Wellette-Hunsucker, MS, "Myosin Super Relaxed (SRX) state: current insight on sarcomere biochemistry and future directions"

December 7

José Adan Arevalo, MS, University of California, Berkeley (Title pending)
January 13 Drs. Camille Brightwell and Cory Dungan: “Functional, Cellular, Biochemical, Transcriptional, and Myonuclear Epigenetic Adaptations to Late-Life Voluntary High-Volume Combined Exercise in Aged Mice”
January 20

Taylor Valentino, Ph.D. defense "Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Plasticity by the Gut Microbiome"

January 27

Drs. Kate Kosmac and Kirby Mayer: “Muscle dysfunction after critical COVID-19”

February 24

Dr. Erin Talbert, University of Iowa: “Understanding tumor-mediated muscle damage”

March 10

Dr. Anna Thalacker-Mercer, The University of Alabama at Birmingham: “Nutrient and metabolic determinants of skeletal muscle regeneration”

March 24

Alex Sklivas:  "Mechanotherapy does not Enhance Recovery Following Muscle Disuse Atrophy in Female Rats"

April 7

Drs. Chris Fry and Camille Brightwell:  "Myostatin inhibition and ACL injury"

April 21

Dr. David Williamson, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg:  "The impact of REDD1 on regulators of skeletal muscle adaptation during obesity"  (Zoom only)



January 28

Yuan Wen - University of Kentucky

Urine miRNAs as potential biomarkers for skeletal muscle embedded military-relevant metals

February 11

Cory Dungan - University of Kentucky

Senolytics augment gains in muscle mass and enhance muscle regeneration in aged mice

February 25

Cristi Galindo - Western Kentucky University

A role for brain-derived neurotrophic factor in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

March 11

Chintan Kikani - University of Kentucky

Control of muscle stem cell fate via glutamine dependent metabolic pathways

March 25

Zach Hettinger - University of Kentucky

Aging, Muscle Regrowth, and Mechanotherapy: Insights from Single Cell Transcriptomics

April 8

Robert Anderson - University of Kentucky

Effects of Maximal Strength Training on Glycolytic Activity among Obese, Sedentary Adults

April 22

Douglas Van Pelt - University of Kentucky

Considerations for Understanding Skeletal Muscle Extracellular Vesicles

May 6

Marni Boppart – University Illinois Urbana Champagne

Development of a pericyte therapy for recovery of skeletal muscle following disuse atrophy

May 13

Ken Campbell – University of Kentucky

The molecular basis for sarcomere organization in vertebrate skeletal muscle

Fall 2020



Cory Dungan

Muscle Memory: Myonuclear Accretion, Maintenance, Morphology, and miRNA Levels with Training and Detraining in Adult Mice.


Kate Kosmac

Correlations of gastrocnemius muscle macrophage content with muscle properties and walking performance in peripheral artery disease


Kevin Murach

Fusion-Independent Satellite Cell Communication to Muscle Fibers During Load-Induced Hypertrophy


Douglas Van Pelt

Muscle from aged rats is resistant to mechanotherapy during atrophy and reloading


Zach Hettinger

Mechanical loading at high loads damages muscles from aged, but not to adult rats


Daniel Lark, Colorado State University

Determinants of Skeletal Muscle Extracellular Vesicle Secretion and Flux


Camille Brightwell and Chris Fry

Progressive skeletal muscle maladaption and altered collagen packing occurs with chronic kidney disease and is rescued by hemodialysis


Doug Long

Associations of muscle lipid content with physical function and resistance training outcomes in older adults: Altered responses with metformin BUT Where do we go from here?

Every Thursday, 11 AM-12 PM

Please contact Dr. Esther Dupont-Versteegden if you are interested in presenting.


January 16

Vandre Casagrande Figueiredo

Muscle disuse affects translation at multiple steps

January 23


January 30

Kevin Murach

Skeletal Muscle Epigenetics: Current Understanding and Future Directions 

February 6

Christine Latham

Muscle health across the ages: What do we actually know about horses?

February 13

Open Forum for CMB move

February 20

Hiroshi Saito

Age-dependent sepsis severity and chronic muscle weakness in animal models

February 27

Laura Brown

The function of muscle specific ribosomal protein L3-like in cardiac tissue, and its effects on protein translation

March 5

Emily Hunt

Anterior cruciate ligament injury-induced alterations in inflammation and muscle physiology

March 12

Jennifer Petrosino, Ohio State

METTL3 is a mRNA modifying methyltransferase that regulates hypertrophy in skeletal muscle

March 19

Spring Break

March 26

Cory Dungan

April 2

Kate Kosmac

April 9

Nicholas Thomas (interviewing for PhD position with Chris Fry)

April 16

Ferdinand von Walden

April 23

Zachary Hettinger

April 30

Douglas Millay

Defining the role of nuclei accrual and transcriptional diversity and skeletal muscle

May 7 Eva Kalaitzoglou
May 21

Emma Hjalmarsson

Muscle function in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy and endurance training with the Racerunning bike

Every Thursday, 11 AM-12 PM

Please contact Dr. Esther Dupont-Versteegden if you are interested in presenting.


September 5


Douglas Van Pelt

Extracellular Vesicles and Muscle Atrophy: Methods to the Madness

September 12

NURS 504

Kate Kosmac

Cellular and Morphological Variations in Gastrocnemius Muscle of Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease

September 19

NURS 504

Kevin Murach

"Muscle Memory" Mediated by Myonuclear Number? Current Understanding and Future Directions

September 26

NURS 504

Chintan Kikani

Emerging Roles of PASK in Connecting Nutrient Signaling to Epigenetic Network in Muscle Stem Cells

October 3

NURS 504


October 10

NURS 504

Michael Toth

Skeletal Muscle Adaptations to Cancer and Chemotherapeutics and the Protective Effects of Exercise

October 17

NURS 504

Ferdinand von Walden

Regulation of the rRNA Genes during Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy

October 24

NURS 504


October 31

NURS 504

Alisa Herbst

Age-related Muscle Atrophy in Horses, and the Potential Contribution of Low-Grade Chronic Inflammation

November 7

NURS 504

Davis Englund

Utilizing Functional Genomics to Study the Role of Muscle Stem Cells during Periods of Growth and Adaptation

November 14

NURS 504

Brad Berron

Cell Surface Engineering for Tissue Fabrication

November 21

CTW 014


Tom Rando

Stem Cell Aging-Functional Consequences and Rejuvenating Strategies

December 5


Faruk Moonshi

December 12


Paul Reidy

Does Early Life Muscle Disuse Lead to Premature Sarcopenia in Adulthood?

January 17

Bailey Peck

F31: MACximizing skeletal muscle adaptations to resistance training

January 24

Robin Cooper

Some Oddities in the Nature of Muscle and Effects of Endotoxin (LPS)

January 31

Doug Van Pelt

Reduced Extracellular Vesicle Biogenesis Contributes to Disuse-Induced Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

February 7

Kevin Murach

Muscle Chalk Talk

February 14

Ken Campbell 

Fundamentals for Image Processing: File Formats, Bit Depth, and Compression

February 21

Center for Muscle Biology: Open Forum About the State of the CMB

February 28

Davis Englund

Depletion of Resident Muscle Stem Cells Does Not Affect Testosterone-Induced Hypertrophic Growth in Skeletal Muscle

March 7

Gainesville Muscle Meeting

March 14

Spring Break

March 21

Gainesville Meeting Revisited 

March 28

Vandre C. Figueiredo

Phosphorylation of Euraryotic Initiation  Factor 4E is Dispensable for Skeletal Muscle Development and Hypertrophy Induced by Mechanical 

April 4

Jonathan Satin

Manipulating L-type Calcium Channels to Make a Muscle Contract 'Stronger'

April 11

Brian Delisle

Precision Medicine: Lessons from Long QT Syndrome

April 18

Kirby Mayer

Changes in Muscle Power in the Acute and Recovery Phases of Critical Illness

April 25

Scott Medler, Fredonia State University of New York

Hybrid Skeletal Muscle Fibers - Perspectives and Significance

May 2

Cory Dungan

Skeletal Muscle Aging Leads to the Accumulation of  Senescent Satellite Cells: Fact or Fiction?

August 23 First day of class-no seminar
August 30

Davis Englund

Satellite Cells Mediate Muscle Fiber Size in Response to Lifelong Exercise

September 6 No seminar
September 13 Integrative Biology of Exercise Meeting Recap
September 20

Chase Vickery

 Agent-based modeling  for muscle regeneration

September 27

Taylor/John McCarthy

Pilot Study:The Role of the Gut Microbiome in Skeletal Muscle Adaptation to Exercise

October 4

Jamie Sturgill

Mast Cells and Muscles: A Dynamic Duo in Asthma

October 11  
October 18

Thomas Wilkop

Resources at Your Fingertips: Light Microscopy Core Facility Manager

October 25

Thomas Hawke

Xin as a Novel Regulator of Calcium Homeostasis in Skeletal Muscle

November 1

Grace Walton

Metformin to Argument Strength Training effective Response in Seniors: The MASTERS Trial

November 8 Russell Hepple
November 15

Bailey Peck

F31: MACximizing Skeletal Muscle Adaptations to Resistance Training

November 22

November 29

Dylan Colli

Characterization of Cardiac Subcellular Morphology and its Implications in Calcium Dysregulation Models

December 6

Gilson Capilouoto

Neonatal Sucking Performance Metrics at Hospital Discharge. What Tongue Muscle Can Tell Us

December 13

Kyle Flack

Resistance Exercise Training to Attenuate Adaptive Thermogenesis During Diet-Induced Weight Loss

January 11  
January 18 Evangelia (Eva) Kalaitzoglou, MD
Activin receptors, activins and myostatin: Potential targets for diabetic bone disease 
January 25 Ken Campbell, PhD
Fibrosis in human heart failure
February 1  
February 8 Charlotte Peterson, PhD
Cellular changes in skeletal muscle as targets for improved
function in peripheral artery disease
February 15 Christopher "Brooks" Mobley
Whey protein: More than just leucine
February 22 Dave Schnell
Vitamin D, PLIN2, and Lipid Turnover: Implications for Liptoxicity
March 1 Tim Butterfield, PhD
Massage as a mechanotherapy for muscle damage: The relationship between temporal
immunomodulation and recovery of function.
March 8 Jorge Gamboa, MD, PhD
Muscle Mitochondria Bioenergetics and Structure in Patients with
Chronic Kidney Disease
March 15 Spring Break
March 22 John McCarthy, PhD
"Vision quest: the long journey to track satellite cells"
March 29 James McNamara (guest Ken Campbell)
April 5 Bailey Peck

April 12
Note: Different Location

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT
A role for longevity protein, Klotho, in age-related declines of 
skeletal muscle regeneration

Room MN463
April 19 Christopher Fry 
April 26 Jerry Supinski
May 3 Kirby Mayer
May 10 Muataz Almaddah, backpack study results
May 17 Ben Chun, PhD (Postdoc Pete Kekenes-Huskey)
August 31 Yuan Wen, MS, MD/PhD Student
MyoVision: Software for Automated High-Content Analysis of Skeletal Muscle Immunohistochemistry
September 8 
Note: Different Date, Time, & Location
Walter Thompson, President ACSM
Signature Programs of ACSM: Exercise is Medicine and the American Fitness Index
Friday, September 8, 2017 from 9-10 AM 
College of Education Auditorium, 158 Taylor Education Building 
September 14 Ken Campbell, PhD
Dual-filament regulation of contraction – field’s new understanding of Ca activation
September 21 Charles Lutz, MD, PhD
Axis of Evil - Fat Inflammation, NK Cells, IL-15, and Macrophages
September 28 Yuan Wen, MS, MD/PhD Student
β-Catenin Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy
October 5 Bailey Peck
Characterizing skeletal muscle macrophages and their importance to muscle hypertrophy with aging: a grant proposal
October 12 Cory Dungan, PhD
Topic: Senescence Project
Cellular Senescence in Skeletal Muscle: Using p16 and yH2AX to Determine the Revelance of Senescent Cells During Aging and Obesity
October 19 Kevin Murach, PhD, and Cory Dungan, PhD
The PoWeR That Drives Them: Using a Novel Model of Exercise to Elicit Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy in Mice
October 26 Brian Noehren, PhD, PT, FACSM, and Kate Kosmac, PhD
Alterations in quadriceps muscle cellular and molecular properties in adults with moderate knee osteoarthritis
November 2 Ivan Vechetti, PhD
Exercise-induced exosomal myomiR regulation of adipocyte metabolism
November 9 Ester Dupont-Versteegden, PhD
The effect of satellite cell ablation on diaphragm function
November 16 Pete Kekenes-Huskey, PhD
The Calcium, Calmodulin, Calcineurin signaling 'triad
November 30
Note: Different Time and Location
Tim Griffin, PhD         3-4 PM in CTW 216
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Stressed out joints? The role of fat in osteoarthritis pathology and pain
December 7 Matt Thomas
Metabolic Benefits of Timed Exercise
January 19 Grace Walton, PhD
Human skeletal muscle M2 macrophages are increased following aerobic exercise and may regulate Fn14/TWEAK signaling
January 26 Cheavar Blair
Engineered Troponins Modulate the Ca2+ Sensitivity of the Failing Human Myocardium
February 2 Davis Englund, Graduate Student Candidate
Nutritional supplementation with physical activity improves muscle composition in mobility-limited older adults
February 9 Gary Kurc, Central Regional Manager TSE Systems
TSE systems for exercise-related research
February 16
Dylan Sarver, Graduate Student Candidate
Effects of cryotherapy on skeletal muscle signaling and sex differences in tendon structure and function
February 23 Selina Parry, PhD
University of Melbourne, Australia
Understanding and mitigating the burden of post ICU-morbidity
March 2 Vandre Casagrande Figueiredo, PhD
Not all antibodies are created equally: re-interpreting past studies on mTOR response in light of new (and not so new) evidences
March 9
Advances in Skeletal Muscle Biology in Health and Diseases Conference
Gainesville, FL
March 16 Cory Dungan, PhD
Less is more: The role of mTORC1 activation in the progression of aging-mediated anabolic resistance
March 23 Vandre Casagrande Figueiredo, PhD
The Regulation of Ribosome Biogenesis in Humans following Resistance Exercise
March 30 CCTS Research Day
April 6 Ken Campbell, PhD
Muscle modeling 101: How to simulate cross-bridge cycling
April 13 Yuechen Zhu
The effect of cold on the physiology of drosophila larva heart and synaptic transmission on crayfish neuromuscular junction
April 20 Charles Lutz, MD, PhD
Voluntary running suppresses tumor growth through epinephrine- and IL-6-dependent NK cell mobilization and redistribution
April 27 Pete Kekenes-Huskey, PhD
Amylin-induced calcium dysregulation in rat ventricular cardiomyocytes
May 4 Sanda Despa, PhD
Elevated local [Ca2+] and CaMKII promote arrhythmias in Ankyrin-B deficient hearts
May 11  No Muscle Forum
May 18 Kirby Mayer, PT
Early Rehabilitation in the ICU: overview and a pilot study
June 8  Doug van Pelt, Postdoctoral Candidate, University of Michigan
The role of adipose tissue in determining whole body insulin sensitivity
September 8 Phillip Gribble
The impact of musculoskeletal injury on co-morbidities and quality of life across the lifespan
September 15 Selcuk Atalay
Contributions of transverse tubule microstructure to sarcolemmal calcium entry
September 22 John McCarthy
Manipulating the mouse genome to study muscle
September 29 Lance Bollinger
Role of skeletal muscle and massage in rheumatoid arthritis:  An R61 grant application
October 6 Kevin Murach 
Blunted Hypertrophy with Combined Endurance and Resistance Training: Fact or Fiction?
October 13
Robin Cooper
Various skeletal and cardiac muscle projects in the lab with fruit flies and crayfish
October 21

Friday, October 21, 9:00-10:00 am, Gatton Building Room 299
Laney Mudd, NCCIH (NIH)
Yoga for Health? Research Gaps, Challenges, and Funding Opportunities

October 27 Ken Campbell
Super-relaxation helps muscles work more efficiently
November 3
No Muscle Forum
APS-IBE meeting in Phoenix, AZ
November 10 Tim Butterfield
Creating Pavo-RAT-ti: The development and application of a rodent model of Laryngeal Muscle Exercise
November 17 Penney Gilbert, University of Toronto
Spatio-temporal control of skeletal muscle endogenous repair
November 24 Thanksgiving Day
December 1 Allison Steele
Myopathy-dependent long-term muscle weakness in murine sepsis survivors
December 8 Dave Schnell
January 14 Robin Cooper
Optogenetics with cardiac and skeletal muscle, or: How to turn a fruit fly into a grasshopper?
January 21 Charlie Lutz
Body Composition Affects NK Cell Activity in Multiple Ways
January 28 Travis Thomas
Vitamin D contribution to muscle metabolic function in cancer cachexia
February 4
David Waning - Indiana University
Cancer-induced bone destruction leads to skeletal muscle oxidative stress and weakness.
February 11 Esther Dupont-Versteegden
Recap Gainesville meeting
February 17
NOTE: Different date
Mitchel Stacy - Yale University
Non-Invasive Assessment of Skeletal Muscle Physiology and Vascular Remodeling Using Multi-Modality Imaging
NOTE: different room and time: 3pm MN463
February 25 Lance Bollinger
Calcitriol favorably alters lipid partitioning and packaging within skeletal muscle cells
March 3 Scott Black
Matching Diet Choice and Event to Support Performance
March 10
Clare Rittschof
Honey bee energy metabolism and aggression: fueling the muscle at the expense of the brain?
March 17
NOTE: different room CTW405
Mark Rich - Wayne State University
The role of novel skeletal muscle currents in dysregulation of muscle excitability in myotonia congenital
March 24 Kentucky Chapter of American Physiological Society Annual Meeting
March 31 Vandré Casagrande Figueiredo
Muscle Ribosome Biogenesis in Health and Disease
April 7 Kelsey Picha
Strength training progression effectiveness
April 14 Tim Uhl
Effects of Sustained Muscle Contraction on Shoulder Muscle Strength and Endurance, A Randomized Clinical Trial
April 21 CCTS Research Conference
April 28 Ross Owen, Faith Evans, Tori Buckley (Campbell lab)
May 5 Cory Dungan
The Role of REDD1 on Exercise-Mediated Insulin Action
May 12 Vandré Casagrande Figueiredo
Novel roles of resistance exercise on muscle adaptation
May 19 Warlen Pereira
Rigid, but flexible: aerobic training and heart failure