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Department and College


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The Muscle Biology and Imaging Lab performs research on the complex mechanisms of human skeletal muscle function. Our studies currently focus on understanding the underpinnings of muscle damage, atrophy, and hypertrophy and their functional outcomes. Our collaborators have included the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, the Center for Genetic Medicine Research, Hartford Hospital, and the Baystate Medical Center.

Priscilla M. Clarkson, PhD

ClarksonPriscilla M. Clarkson is Dean of Commonwealth Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology. Professor Clarkson has published over 200 scientific articles and has given numerous national and international scientific presentations. The major focus of her research is on how human skeletal muscle responds to environmental challenges such as over-exertion exercise resulting in muscle damage and disuse resulting in atrophy. She has also published in the area of sport nutrition. Professor Clarkson served as the Editor for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism for 8 years, serves on the editorial or advisory boards for several other scientific journals, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Exercise and Sport Science Reviews.

Muscle Response Research

Activation of NF-kb in cells outside the myofiber boundary, 3h following eccentric exercise (ECC). A. Confocal images of triple stained 10µm sections from a representative ECC sample for dystrophin (dys=blue), the p-65 subunit of NF-kb (p65=green) and nuclei (topro3=red). White square in merged image denotes the boundaries of the inset image. Scale bar in top 3 images and merged image = 20µm; scale bar in inset image = 10µm. Read the abstract.

Resistance Exercise and Cancer

Dr. Clarkson's research on resistance exercise during breast cancer treatment is featured in Medical Hypothesis, a journal of theoretical papers in the biomedical sciences. Read the abstract.


Rhabdomyolysis is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that can develop unexpectedly under supervised conditions. Dr. Clarkson's 2009 paper in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examines a case of rhabdomyolysis in a healthy, fit 18-year-old placekicker following a supervised practice session led by the team's strength and conditioning coach. Following eight days of hospitalization with intravenous fluids, the patient recovered without complications. View the full abstract.