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Metzger Lab

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Joseph M. Metzger
Professor and Head
Maurice B. Visscher Endowed Chair
CCRB 3-149
metzgerj@umn.edu

We seek mechanistic insights into normal and diseased cardiac muscle function. Our overarching goal is to translate basic science discoveries into potential therapeutic strategies to combat inherited and acquired forms of heart disease.  Lab projects embrace individuality, emphasize cooperation and collaboration, and encompass a standard of excellence in all that we do as individual researchers and as a laboratory.  Our guiding principles are to treat others with respect and courtesy, to maintain the lab in a a collegial, safe and professional envrionment, and to work each day to the fullest of our capabilities. 

Metzger Lab 

Research Projects

  • In vitro gene transfer
  • Muscle structure-function
  • Heart function in vivo
  • Gene envrionment
  • Exercise stress
  • In vivo cardiac gene transfer
  • Transgenic animals
  • Experimental cardiac gene therapy
  • Animal models of heart disease