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

MBIL Alumni

James E. Graves

Dean of the College of Health, University of Utah

Monica J. Hubal

Assistant Professor Integrative Systems Biology, Children's National Medical Center for Genetic Medicine

Joo Hyung Lee

Assistant Professor, Kookmin University, Korea

Mary Miles

Assistant Professor, Health and Human Development , Montana State University-Bozeman

Eric S. Rawson

Associate Professor, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania

Steve Sayers

Associate Professor, University of Missouri- Columbia

Kimberly Sewright Reich

Assistant Professor, High Point University, North Carolina

David Upton

Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University

Maria Urso

Principal Investigator in Military Performance Division, USARIEM

Anthony Wilcox

Associate Professor, Oregon State University, Covallis

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.