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Muscle: Form and Function

Muscle: Form and Function

Coordinator and contact: Dr Julien Ochala

Our Mission

The Centre for Human & Applied Physiological Sciences (CHAPS) is a cross-disciplinary research division aiming to:

  • Unravel the mechanisms regulating Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Mass, Function, Repair and Performance
  • Apply the findings to new potential therapies or rehabilitation programmes.

Research Areas

Our research studies are conducted using Physiology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology to understand: Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Development, Regeneration, Contraction, Weakness and Fatigue. Our specific research areas are:

  • Cardiac and skeletal muscle stem cells and regenerative medicine (Dr. Ellison-Hughes)
  • Human muscle function in health, with aging, after stroke (Prof. Newham)
  • Muscle loss and weakness in ageing and critical illness myopathy (Prof. Harridge)
  • Muscle cell mechanobiology (Dr. Ochala)

Education and Training Opportunities

We believe that excellence in science is tightly connected with our effort to train and encourage the next generation of scientists. CHAPS provides education and training to students, young scientists and clinicians. For more information about specific graduate programmes or post-doctoral opportunities, send us an email that includes your research interests and current curriculum vitae.

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