Welcome to the WCMB

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Delivering new hope to patients worldwide

At the Washington Center for Muscle Biology (WCMB), scientists seek new treatments for muscle disease, help Washington biotechnology leaders translate research discoveries into life-changing remedies and prepare future scientists to continue the quest.


WSU Researcher and WCMB Director Forms Biotech Startup AAVogen Inc.


Green glowing cardiac stem cells!

This video of a newborn Jekyll mouse heart was generated by Dr. Melissa Jackson using confocal microscopy. This technique takes “digital slices” of the heart and then stacks these slices into a 3D image.


The cardiac stem cells are stained green due to the production of a fluorescent protein only produced in adult stem cells.  These cells help hearts grow and can even be used to repair damaged hearts.

Thanks to our sponsors.

The generosity of private individuals, corporations and foundations provides the fuel for new discoveries. Their support is a necessity in today’s funding climate and is greatly appreciated.  The WCMB is currently supported by a grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association and our researchers are funded from a variety of sources.  If you would like to support the WCMB or partner with our scientists, please contact the director.

Funding Opportunities

NIH direct cost funding rates = R01, $1mil; R03, $375K; R21, $275K.
Click here for a list of standard NIH funding due dates.

New York Stem Cell Foundation Investigator Awards ($1.5mil, open to all institutions) – due March 18, 2015

NIH Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R03) – standard due dates

NIH Differentiation and Integration of Stem Cells (Embryonic and Induced-Pluripotent) Into Developing or Damaged Tissues (R21) – standard due dates

NIH Nutrition and Diet in the Causation, Prevention, and Management of Heart Failure (R21 & R01) – standard due dates

NIH Function of Skeletal Muscle Beyond Contraction (R21 & R01) – standard due dates

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships in Muscular Dystrophy Research (F32) – standard due dates

The WCMB now has funding for Faculty Exchange seminars.  Contact Dr. Rodgers for speaker requests and check back soon for a list of upcoming seminars.