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.

Postdoc Student

Yu-Shu Cheng is a Postdoc Student in Muscle Physiology and Biophysics at McGill University. 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) and a Ph.D. from McGill University. 

Ph.D. Student

Daren Elkrief is a Ph.D. student in the Physiology department. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BSc in Molecular Biology. He recently received his MSc from McGill in Kinesiology, studying the effects of aging on the neuromuscular junction. He is currently using the atomic force microscope to assess the molecular contractile properties of the skeletal muscle Actin-myosin ATPase.

Ph.D. Student

Ricarda Haeger is an international student from Germany. She is presently a Ph.D. 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

Alireza Moosakhani is an MSc student in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Dilson Rassier. He completed his Master of Science from the University of Teheran in 2016. His current research project is focused on the investigation of the inter-sarcomere dynamics and force generation in myofibrils from skeletal muscle.

Ph.D. Student

Fatemeh Ostadan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Experimental Medicine department. Her BSc and clinical background are in Orthotics & Prosthetics. She has 8 years of work experience in this field at the Iranian Red Crescent/Cross Rehabilitation Center in Tehran, Iran. She received her MSc from McGill University in Rehabilitation Sciences, studying the effects of aging on the susceptibility to motor memory interference induced on the primary motor cortex(M1). She is currently working on skeletal muscle dysfunction in Cystic Fibrosis. To assess muscle abnormalities in this disease, she is using different methods; Computed Tomography measurements to assess muscle quantity and quality in CF patients and maximum force generation and force re-generation measurements in single muscle fibers in CF mice. 

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