Volunteer Opportunities


The Muscle Biology and Imaging Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst regularly seeks individuals to participate in research studies. View current volunteer opportunities.

Awards and Honors


View awards and honors received by MBIL graduate students.

MBIL Alumni


Doctoral students from the Muscle Biology and Imaging lab have gone onto prestigious positions at top research institutions across the country. View our alumni.

Department and College


About Our Researchers

The Muscle Biology and Imaging Lab is led by Priscilla M. Clarkson, Professor of Kinesiology and consists of a team of graduate and undergraduate researchers. Recent research projects have investigated genetic factors associated with metabolic syndrome, the effects of low and high dose atorvastatin on exercise-induced muscle injury, and gene expression in response to muscle perturbations. The lab has collaborated with a number of agencies and organizations on studies involving the mechanisms of human skeletal muscle tissue in response to exercise stress.

If you are interested in contacting the lab, please email umass.muscle@gmail.com

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

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.