• Dr. Alexander earned his PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Garry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His graduate training focused on the characterization of forkhead transcription factors in skeletal muscle and cardiac progenitor cells. He moved to Boston in 2008 to join the laboratory of Dr. Louis Kunkel as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on characterizing the role of non-coding RNAs in skeletal muscle diseases. He was promoted to an Instructor in Pediatrics and Genetics & Genomics in 2013. His laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics, division of Neurology, at Children’s of Alabama will be focused on exploring the roles of epigenetic modifiers of human neuromuscular diseases in addition to generating novel zebrafish models of muscular dystrophies for drug library screens.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ameliorate MEGF10 myopathy 2019
    2019 Handling objects with very wet skin reduce variability during precision grip task 2019
    2019 Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for Muscular Dystrophies using Zebrafish Phenotypic Screens 2019
    2018 A limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2I model of muscular dystrophy identifies corrective drug compounds for dystroglycanopathies 2018
    2018 Genetic modifiers of Duchenne and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophies 2018
    2017 The NOTCH1/SNAIL1/MEF2C Pathway Regulates Growth and Self-Renewal in Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma 2017
    2017 Repression of phosphatidylinositol transfer protein a ameliorates the pathology of Duchenne muscular dystrophy 2017
    2016 CD82 Is a Marker for Prospective Isolation of Human Muscle Satellite Cells and Is Linked to Muscular Dystrophies 2016
    2016 Muscle dysfunction in a zebrafish model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy 2016
    2016 Host Th1/Th2 immune response to Taenia solium cyst antigens in relation to cyst burden of neurocysticercosis 2016
    2016 Reversal of neurobehavioral social deficits in dystrophic mice using inhibitors of phosphodiesterases PDE5A and PDE9A 2016
    2015 Jagged 1 Rescues the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Phenotype 2015
    2015 Skeletal muscle MicroRNAs: Their diagnostic and therapeutic potential in human muscle diseases 2015
    2015 Stem Cell Differentiation and Therapeutic Use 2015
    2014 Involvement of oxidative stress, Nuclear Factor kappa B and the Ubiquitin proteasomal pathway in dysferlinopathy 2014
    2014 MicroRNA-486-dependent modulation of DOCK3/PTEN/AKT signaling pathways improves muscular dystrophy-associated symptoms 2014
    2014 Dystrophic muscle improvement in zebrafish via increased heme oxygenase signaling 2014
    2013 Oxidative stress, NF-κB and the ubiquitin proteasomal pathway in the pathology of calpainopathy 2013
    2013 Cysteine mutations cause defective tyrosine phosphorylation in MEGF10 myopathy 2013
    2013 Regulation of IRS1/Akt insulin signaling by microRNA-128a during myogenesis 2013
    2013 MicroRNA-199a is induced in dystrophic muscle and affects WNT signaling, cell proliferation, and myogenic differentiation 2013
    2012 Identification of a novel microRNA that regulates the proliferation and differentiation in muscle side population cells 2012
    2012 Myotubularin-deficient myoblasts display increased apoptosis, delayed proliferation, and poor cell engraftment 2012
    2011 Characterization of zebrafish dysferlin by morpholino knockdown 2011
    2011 Regulation of DMD pathology by an ankyrin-encoded miRNA 2011
    2011 Isolation and transcriptome analysis of adult zebrafish cells enriched for skeletal muscle progenitors 2011
    2011 Drug screening in a zebrafish model of duchenne muscular dystrophy 2011
    2010 Foxj3 transcriptionally activates Mef2c and regulates adult skeletal muscle fiber type identity 2010
    2009 Regulation of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 2α Signaling by the Stress-Responsive Deacetylase Sirtuin 1 2009
    2009 miRNAS in normal and diseased skeletal muscle 2009
    2007 Sox15 and Fhl3 transcriptionally coactivate Foxk1 and regulate myogenic progenitor cells 2007

    Research Overview

  • I am interested in identifying novel epigenetic (non-coding RNAs, RNA-splicing factors, and DNA-methylation) and genetic (SNPs) of muscular dystrophies. Additionally, I use the zebrafish model to screen drug compound libraries to identify novel drug therapeutics.
  • Full Name

  • Matthew Alexander