Lynch laboratory: Basic and clinical myology

Research Overview

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We are interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle development and regeneration, muscle adaptation and plasticity, as well as the muscle wasting and weakness associated with ageing (sarcopenia), cancer, disuse and muscle diseases and conditions, including the muscular dystrophies and critical illness myopathy.

We are currently investigating skeletal muscle development and regeneration following injury and repair from single muscle stem cells, through to functional muscle fibres and whole muscles. We have a specific focus on stem cell self-renewal and how cellular metabolism may regulate the commitment of muscle stem cells to the myogenic lineage. We hope that a better understanding of these mechanisms will translate to improvements in autologous stem cell transplant therapies applicable to many muscle diseases and conditions.

Our studies on muscle adaptation and plasticity, wasting and weakness encompass investigations of the molecular pathways regulating muscle size and function with a translational approach from cell culture experiments complemented by different animal models as unique platforms for studying muscle wasting, adaptation and plasticity.

Our ultimate goal is to translate our fundamental biological discoveries to human patients through our extensive international collaborative network of geriatricians, critical care physicians, surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists, anaesthetists, oncologists, endocrinologists, orthodontists, as well as biomedical and tissue engineers.

Staff

Dr Kate Murphy, Senior Research Fellow

Dr James Ryall, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Kristy Swiderski, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Justin Hardee, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Marissa Caldow, Senior Research Fellow

Audrey Chan, Research Support Officer

Jennifer Trieu, Research Assistant

Timur Naim, Research Assistant

Dylan Chung, Research Support Officer

Alaina Lee, Senior Research Assistant

Suzannah Read, Research Assistant

Students

Savant Thakur, PhD student

Francesca Alves, PhD student

John Nguyen, Masters student

Chloe Li, Masters student

Aundrea Quek, Masters student

Yichen Xue, Honours student

Funding

2019-2021 ARC Discovery Project. Mechanisms of age - related changes in amino acid signaling in skeletal muscle

2018-2021 NHMRC Project Grant. Rescuing the Dystrophin-Glycoprotein Complex to protect muscles from wasting conditions

2018-2020 Duchenne Parent Project. Evaluating a sulforaphane-based nutraceutical to alleviate gastrointestinal dysfunction in DMD

2017-2020 NHMRC Project Grant. Therapeutic potential of skeletal muscle plasticity and slow muscle programming for muscular dystrophy

2017-2020 NHMRC Project Grant. A simple method to improve stem cell transplant therapy

2017-2019 Cancer Council Victoria. Using novel Fn14 inhibitory antibodies to treat cardiac cachexia in cancer

2015-2019 ARC Discovery Project. Understanding the cellular cues that direct muscle stem cell specification

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.