Bradley Palmer, PhD
R&D Engineer / Assistant Professor
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
IonOptix / University of Vermont
Dr. Bradley Palmer received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from The Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA, and obtained postdoctoral training at The University of Vermont. Dr. Palmer joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 2009.
His lab focuses on examining contraction and relaxation function in cardiac muscle. While contraction function is clearly important for the heart to effectively drive blood through the vasculature, relaxation function is just as important to assure filling of the heart chambers with plenty of blood. The lab applies several different techniques to examine the influence of calcium regulation and myofilament performance in cardiac muscle function, and these techniques are applied to various muscle systems including insect flight muscle, isolated cardiac myocytes, and cardiac biopsy samples taken from patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery.