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, FACSM 
Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology; Medicine, and Nutrition Sciences 

Alexis Dunning, MS
Lab Manager 

Margaret Bell
Graduate Student Trainee

Devin Drummer
Graduate Student Trainee

Ali El-Husari
Researcher II

Christian Kelley 
Researcher III 

Kaleen Lavin, PhD
Postdoctoral Trainee

Manoel Lixandrao
Visiting Scientist

Jeremy McAdam, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Samia O'Bryan, PhD
Postdoctoral Trainee

Gabriel Touliatos
Researcher II

Sufen Yang, HT, Ph.D
Researcher IV

Looking for internship or assistantship opportunities?
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Physical location:
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bevill Biomedical Research Building (BBRB) 360
845 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294

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