Core Muscle Research Lab Fees

The Core Muscle Research Laboratory is equipped and staffed to provide blood and muscle tissue analysis in support of exercise studies conducted by Center for Exercise Medicine investigators. 
The laboratory occupies 1300 sq ft of space in 2 adjacent wet laboratories.

Sample Analysis and Experimental Support Services

  • Fluorescence microscopy (upright and inverted) for immunohistology and immunocytology 
  • RT-PCR/in situ hybridization for mRNA assays 
  • Cell and tissue culture studies including mechanical stretch to mimic exercise in vitro 
  • Protein immunoblotting and digital darkroom imaging 
  • Bioanalysis and interpretation for skeletal muscle genomic microarrays 
  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) 
  • Enzyme activities via spectrophotometry or fluorometry 
  • Long-term tissue and cell storage 


Clinical Research Services
The Core Muscle Research Laboratory maintains a procedure room in the Clinical Research Unit of the UAB NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). Core investigators conduct and process outpatient muscle biopsies and blood draws for numerous exercise studies.


Meet the Team:

Marcas Bamman, PhD, Director

Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology; Medicine, and Nutrition Sciences
mbamman@uab.edu

Irina Isakova-Donahue, PhD
Supervisor, UCEM Core Muscle Research Laboratory
irinad0@uab.edu

Derek Wiggins, MS
Researcher II
d061680@uab.edu

StarQuata Crawford
Researcher II
starc@uab.edu

Brandon Roberts, PhD

Postdoctoral Trainee
brob21@uab.edu  
 
Kaleen Lavin, PhD
Postdoctoral Trainee
kmlavin@uab.edu


To learn about student internship or assistantship opportunities:
exercise@uab.edu

Physical location:
Bevill Biomedical Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
845 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294

Mailing address:
UAB
BBRB 342-15
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL  35294-2170

205-996-7936
exercise@uab.edu