Southern Illinois University School of Medicine researcher and professor Dr. Judy Davie has won a three-year, $389,400 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further her investigation into how muscle inflammation contributes to healing.
Davie is particularly focused on understanding the role and function of a protein called interferon gamma (IFN), which is what makes our muscles sore and swollen after an injury, in response to a disease, or after tearing fibers during a workout.
“With the help of this grant, our lab will continue our studies on the role of IFN in skeletal muscle,” Davie said. “We should be able to determine the impact of IFN in chronic inflammation and muscular dystrophy, which will improve understanding of these diseases and enable improved therapeutic approaches.”
Davie is a specialist in researching the connection between muscles, cells and genetics. Her work previously earned her a fellowship from the American Cancer Society and she has previously been program director for the Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry Graduate Program. She has been at SIU since 2006.