Michael Phelps, PhD

Acting Instructor

Michael Phelps, PhD


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Clinical and Research Background

The regulation of skeletal muscle growth is a finely controlled cellular process that has deep evolutionary foundations. Dysregulation of the myogenic process can also contribute to the development of many devastating genetic diseases, including cancer. My research examines how modifications in gene function influence cellular behavior, with specific emphasis on understanding the mechanisms regulating the growth and differentiation of skeletal muscle. This includes investigating the genetic and epigenetic modifications responsible for repressing myogenic differentiation of rhabdomyosarcoma cancer cells. My research uses a range of mammalian and fish model systems along with advanced genome editing tools to investigate these fundamental questions in skeletal muscle biology.

Academic and Medical Appointments

Acting Instructor, Department of Pathology, University of Washington, WA 2017-Present

Education and Training


Senior Fellow, Department of Pathology, University of Washington, WA 2014-2017

Senior Fellow, Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington, WA 2010-2014


University of Rhode Island, Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Kingston, RI, 2010, PhD

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2005, BS-Marine and Cellular Biology


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