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

Equipment and Resources

The Muscle Biology and Imaging Lab is housed in a 1,900 sq ft facility with separate areas for muscle imaging, biochemistry procedures, muscle sectioning, and gel electrophoresis. The lab also includes separate space for subject muscle function testing and a fume hood and wet lab for biochemistry procedures.

The lab is equipped with a MICROM HM 505E Cryostat, a Nikon Eclipse E400 phase contrast fluorescent microscope (Spot Insight QE camera and EclipseNET software), EC135-90 power supply with gel electrophoresis and transfer systems, 2 spectrophotometers (UV and visible wavelengths), microplate photometers, waterbaths, distillers, refrigerated centrifuges, and an ultrasonic cell disruptor.

The lab has recently added equipment to analyze the molecular processes of muscle hypertrophy and atrophy using RNA and protein isolation. This equipment includes a laminar flow PCR workstation, Isotemp 145D digital dry-bath incubator, ND-1000 UV-Vis spectrophotometer, dual light transilluminator, hybridization incubator, and Phoretix TotalLab gel analysis software.

The Muscle Biology and Imaging Lab is based on the campus of UMass Amherst, one of the nation's top public research universities. The campus attracts over $140 million in externally sponsored research each year. Additional research services, equipment and facilities are available.

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.