People

Principal Investigator

Dilson Rassier is currently a Professor with McGill University's Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Muscle Biophysics. He is an Associate Member in the Departments of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine, McGill University) and Physics (Faculty of Science), and in the Meakins-Christie Laboratories. 

Dr. Rassier earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in Federal Universities of Brazil. He obtained his PhD in Muscle Physiology in 1998 in the department of Medical Sciences at the University of Calgary. Dr. Rassier underwent four years of postdoctoral training at the University of Calgary, and one year at the University of Washington.


Research Associate

Oleg Matusovsky obtained his master’s science degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Far Eastern State University, Russia. He then worked as a visiting scientist at the Institute of Molecular Biology (Austria) studying enzyme kinetics of myosin light chain phosphorylation and completed his PhD in Biochemistry in 2006 at the Institute of Marine Biology, Russia. Dr. Matusovsky had two years of postdoctoral training at the Institute of Biomedical Aging Research in Austria, and one year at McGill University's Meakins-Christie Laboratories. He continued his work as a research associate with Meakins-Christie, where he improved skills in various biochemical, biophysical, and physiological methods to study muscle contraction on the molecular level. In 2016 he joined Dr. Rassier's laboratory and is currently involved in several projects including high-speed Atomic Force Microscopy to study the dynamic behaviour of molecular motors in various conditions.


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

Malin Persson is a visiting postdoctoral fellow from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Her current research is focused on oxidative- and nitrosative modifications within the myofibril and how this relates to inflammatory-induced muscle weakness. Her studies are supported by an international post-doc grant from the Swedish Research Council (# 2015-00385). She completed her PhD in biomedical sciences in 2013 from Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. Prior to the PhD, she received a MSc in Chemistry in 2006 at the University of Kalmar, Sweden.

PhD Student

Yu-Shu Cheng is a PhD candidate in Muscle Physiology and Biophysics at McGill University, working under the guidance of Dr. Dilson Rassier. His research focuses on the relationship between myosin-actin cross bridge and the mechanisms of the structural myosin interact with actin filament in the skeletal muscle. He holds a Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

PhD Student

Felipe de Souza Leite is a PhD candidate in Muscle Physiology and Biophysics. He is currently enrolled in research projects concerning passive force in striated muscles, which is mainly related to the gigantic protein Titin. He has been working with single sarcomeres, isolated proteins, and electrophoresis. Felipe also has training in transmission electron microscopy. He has previous experience and interest in ion channels and patch-clamp technique, which were the main topics he investigated in his Master’s dissertation in Physiology. Felipe completed his Master’s degree in Physiology and Pharmacology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil.


PhD Student

Ricarda Haeger is an international student from Germany. She is presently a PhD candidate in KPE at McGill University and holds a bachelor's degree in Physiology from McGill University. Her current research interests focus on looking at contractile properties in single myofibrils.

Master's Student

Caitlin MacEachen is an MSc candidate studying contractile properties of permeabilized muscle fibres. She previously graduated from McGill's BSc Kinesiology in 2016 during which she completed an honour's project in the muscle physiology and biophysics lab. She is currently working on a study investigating calcium sensitivity of diaphragm muscle in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Master's Student

Andrea Mendoza is a new MSc candidate in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from McGill University in November 2015, where she completed an honours project in the Neurobiological Psychiatric Unit. Her current research focuses on the cellular/molecular mechanisms of muscle contraction.

Master's Student

Md Rezuanul Haque Saikat is a MSc student in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University, working under the supervision of Dr. Dilson Rassier. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He had one year of internship training at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh. His current research focuses on the structure and contractile properties of rat skeletal muscle fibers.

BSc Student

Miltiadis Moreau is a BSc Kinesiology student in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. He is currently working in the Muscle Physiology and Biophysics laboratory under the guidance of Dr. de Souza Leite. His current work involves non-uniformity relating to force enhancement after stretch of activated myofibrils.

BSc Student

Alyssa Daianska is a BSc Kinesiology student in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. She is currently working in the Muscle Physiology and Biophysics lab under the guidance of Dr. de Souza Leite. Her current work involves non-uniformity relating to force enhancement after stretch of activated myofibrils.