About the Center
Leading the way in muscle disease research
The Washington Center for Muscle Biology (WCMB) unites top minds in muscle disease research from throughout the state of Washington, creating one of the world’s foremost teams of experts. Its goals are to:
- enhance basic and translational research
- strengthen graduate student training
- improve technology transfer between academia and industry
Top researchers, important discoveries
Muscle biologists at Washington State University, the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Idaho collaborate seamlessly, exchanging ideas and information, building the foundation for important discoveries, and ultimately, transferring technology to Washington’s thriving biotech sector. Their work develops new treatments that benefit patients suffering from muscular dystrophy, heart failure, and other muscle diseases.
Programs to prepare tomorrow’s scientists
The WCMB offers outstanding opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to engage in studies with nationally and internationally recognized scholars. Several training opportunities currently exist and include established curricula that focus graduate education on muscle biology and pathobiology. For more information, please visit the graduate education link.
Partnerships that advance Washington’s prosperity
By fostering technology transfer with Washington biotechnology firms, the WCMB bolsters the state’s economy as it develops new medical treatments for those in need. Several of our academic and industry scientists are currently collaborating and, together, are developing intellectual property for the biomedical market. In fact, our academic scientists are eager to work with industry and would love to hear from potential industry collaborators in or outside the state. Opportunities are excellent as our universities can provide access to basic and clinical resources in medical and veterinary medical schools. For more information on the research interests of our individual faculty, please visit the researchers link.
Facilities across the state
WCMB laboratories at Washington State University and the University of Washington house state-of-the-art equipment and resources essential for research and graduate student training. These include resources for vector construction, exercise phenotyping, microscopy, assay development and diagnostics.
For more information, please contact the Director or use our Answerline. You can also register to receive Novus Lacertosus, the WCMB quarterly newsletter, by becoming a community member or member scientist.