Meeting Emphasis

The Alternative Muscle Club meeting is aimed at scientists early in their research careers. It provides an opportunity for PhD students, postdocs, and junior faculty to present their work in a more relaxed environment. The main goal of the meeting is to connect people from the greater San Diego, Southern California, Nevada and Arizona research communities, and help them learn about projects from other research laboratories.

Areas of Interest

The one-day meeting covers a wide range of muscle-related research areas. We will try to represent the full range of cutting-edge muscle-related research that is being undertaken today.
Topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:
  • Muscle Development
    • Cardiac Development
    • Skeletal Muscle Development
    • Gene Expression Profiling
    • Epigenetic Regulation of Muscle Development
    • Model Organisms
    • Pathogenesis and Progression of Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Myopathies
  • Muscle Structure and Function
    • Sarcomeric Proteins
    • Cytoskeletal Proteins
    • Muscle Signaling Pathways
    • Ion Channel Mechanisms
    • Sarcolemma Membrane Functions
    • Functions of the Cardiac Intercalated Disk
    • Calcium Handling and Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Function
  • Biomechanics of Muscle
    • Muscle Biophysics
    • Contractile Dynamics
    • Bioengineering of Muscle Tissue and Organs
    • Molecular Functions of Mechanosensors and Mechanotransducers
  • Muscle Regeneration
    • Differentiation of iPS and Stem Cells cells into Cardiomyocytes and Skeletal Muscle
    • Cardiac Repair mechanisms
    • Skeletal Muscle Stem Cell/Satellite Cell Biology
    • Applications for Muscle Therapeutics