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

Irina Isakova-Donahue, PhD
Supervisor, UCEM Core Muscle Research Laboratory

Derek Wiggins, MS
Research Assistant

StarQuata Crawford
Researcher II

Brandon Roberts, PhD

Postdoctoral Trainee  
Kelley Hammond, MS
Predoctoral Trainee

To learn about student internship or assistantship opportunities:

Physical location:
McCallum Basic Health Sciences Building, Rooms 934 & 936
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1918 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294-0005

Mailing address:
MCLM 911
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL  35294