Core Directors

Core Directors

The SDMRC consists of three main cores: the muscle phenotyping and physiology core, the high throughput cell analysis core and the muscle imaging core.

Each core has a unique expertise to understand muscle function on a molecular, cellular and organ level. The capabilities of the cores are reflected in the scientific interests of the core leaders. In combination, the scientific and experimental expertise of the three cores gives insights on muscular functions as a whole.
Center Cores

Administrative Core

Ju Chen, PhD

Ju Chen, PhD


Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego

Dr. Chen is a Professor, AHA Endowed Chair and Director of Basic Cardiac Research at the School of Medicine, UC San Diego. His research is centered around the molecular basis of cardiac and skeletal myopathy. He is also studying a number of signaling pathways underlying cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure.
Dr. Chen is the SDMRC chair and director of the SDMRC Administrative Core, which provides the overall leadership and management of the Research Core Facilities.
More information on the Administrative Core >

Contact

juchen@ucsd.edu

Muscle Phenotyping & Physiology Core

Samuel Ward, PhD

Samuel R. Ward, PT, PhD


Associate Professor in Residence, UC San Diego

Samuel R. Ward, PT, PhD is an investigator in the Muscle Physiology Laboratory and faculty in the UC San Diego Departments of Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Bioengineering. His broad research interests are related to structure-function relationships in skeletal muscle.
He is the director of the muscle phenotyping & physiology core, which is designed to evaluate the functional properties of muscles, joints, and whole animals created in model systems by the various Center investigators.
More information on the Physiology & Phenotyping Core >

Contact

Telephone: 858-534-4918
Fax: 858-552-4381
s1ward@ucsd.edu

High Throughput Cell Analysis Core

Lorenzo Puri

Lorenzo Puri, MD, PhD


Associate Professor, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute

Lorenzo Puri is an Associate Professor at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. His research investigates of the molecular mechanism underpinning the genome reprogramming during cell lineage commitment and terminal differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells, and during induced pluripotency.
He is the director of the high throughput cell analysis core, which is dedicated to the identification, functional and molecular characterization of muscle-derived cell populations of healthy and diseased adult skeletal muscle.
More information on the Cell Analysis Core >

Contact

Telephone: 858-646-3161
Fax: 858-795-5298
lpuri@sanfordburnham.org

Imaging Core

Velia Fowler, PhD

Velia Fowler, PhD


Professor, Scripps Research Institute

Velia Fowler, PhD is an investigator in the Scripps Research Institute. Her research interests focus on regulation of actin filament dynamics and stability by tropomodulins and tropomyosins. Her skeletal muscle program is aimed at elucidation of mechanisms of thin filament assembly and length regulation during muscle development, adaptation and disease.
She is the director of the muscle imaging core, which is designed to enable the evaluation of muscle morphology and structural organization.
More information on the Imaging Core >

Contact

Telephone: 858-784-8277
velia@scripps.edu

Read also the SDMRC Mission Statement >