Masataka Kawai

University of Iowa, USA


Masataka Kawai received the B.S. degree in science, University of Tokyo, Japan, and the Ph.D. degree in biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. He received the Postdoctorate in muscle biology, Columbia University, New York City, USA. He is a Professor of anatomy and cell biology, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA. His research interest is cross-bridge mechanisms of contraction in skeletal and cardiac muscles. His current research is in structure-function relationship of molecular domains in thin-filament proteins by using thin-filament removal and reconstitution technique using genetically altered proteins. His other areas of specialty are electronics, computers, physics, and mathematics. His recent reviews are “What do we learn by studying the temperature effect on isometric tension and tension transients in mammalian striated muscle fibres?” Journal of muscle research and cell motility Motil (24: 127-138/2003); “Use of thin filament reconstituted muscle fibres to probe the mechanism of force generation,” with S. Ishiwata, Journal of muscle research and cell motility (27: 455-468/2006); and “Force transients and minimum cross-bridge models in muscular contraction,” with Halvorson HR, Journal of muscle research and cell motility (in press).

Biography Updated on 20 January 2008

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