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April 29, 2019

Erika Geisbrecht presents Anatomy and Physiology Seminar

Submitted by Gail L. Eyestone

Erika Geisbrecht, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, is the featured speaker for the Tuesday, April 30, Anatomy and Physiology Seminar. She will present "Metabolic Defects and Muscle Degeneration" at 4 p.m. in the Mara Conference Center, 407 Trotter Hall.

Geisbrecht received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Once she was done with undergraduate schooling, she attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for her doctorate and conducted research under Denise Montell. Geisbrecht later pursued a postdoc in Susan Abmayr's lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Geisbrecht's lab has a broad interest in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to the development and maintenance of tissues essential for organismal viability and health. Most animals are mobile and spend a considerable amount of their energy and time foraging for food, escaping danger, and searching for a mate. This ability to move requires sensory input from the nervous system and motor output facilitated by contractile myofibers. Geisbrecht and others are especially interested in uncovering cellular processes.