Horia Nicolae Roman

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering

Recently graduated

B. Mechanical Engineering, M. Eng.

Project : Molecular mechanics of the lach state.

My research focused on elucidating the molecular mechanics of smooth muscle in the latch-state. Briefly, latch is this state in which smooth muscle is able to maintain force for long periods of time but at low energy cost. Several theories have been suggested to explain the latch-state, implicating the myosin isoforms as well as the actin regulatory proteins. I address these theories directly at the molecular level using the in vitro motility and the laser trap assays.

I am now a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Nicolau in the Department of Bio/Biomedical Engineering, McGill University.