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Dr. Lucas Smith

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Position Title
Assistant Professor


Briggs Hall Rm. 189

Research Interests

Extracellular matrix in skeletal muscle physiology

Our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms by which skeletal muscle adapts, with an emphasis on the fibrotic process that is associated with many muscle pathologies including muscular dystrophies.  We seek to uncover the relationship between the structure of the extracellular matrix and both the mechanical function of muscle and the regenerative capacity of muscle stem cells. These studies will guide novel therapies for fibrotic muscle diseases.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering

Specialties / Focus

  • Cellular Physiology
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology


  • TBD

Honors and Awards

  • K99 Receipient, NIH National Institute of Arthritis, Skin, and Musculoskeletal Diseases (2016)
  • Gayle G. Arnold Award, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Disability Medicine, (2013)
  • Siebel Scholar Award, Siebel Foundation (2010)

    Professional Societies

    • Biomedical Engineering Society
    • American Physiological Society
    • American Society for Cell Biology


    • Ph.D. Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego
    • B.S. Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington


    Google Scholar Citations