Cell Repair for Muscular Dystrophy

Inspiration Dissemination

Dr. Andrew Carpenter is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Joe Baio and joins us to talk about using lasers to study protein-lipid interactions. Andrew’s research seeks a better understanding of a protein called dysferlin, which plays a critical role in repairing muscle cells. Muscles undergo constant strain as they expand and contract, leading to tears in the sarcolemmas — thin membranes that surround muscle fibers. Dysferlin is responsible for recruiting vesicles to the site of these tears for a process called vesicle fusion to take place. Check out the episode for more about how laser technology is powering the discovery of dysferlin’s underlying mechanisms, and to hear about how a postdoc is different from a PhD. This episode is hosted by Joseph Valencia and Grace Deitzler.