William Hancock Research

Microfluidics-based investigation into hypertrophic cardiomyopathy mutations of myosin

There are a number of mutations in cardiac myosin that are linked to heart disease, but the links between mutations at the molecular level and loss of cardiac output are not clear. The function of myosin can be assessed using a filament gliding assay in which myosin motors are immobilized on a glass substrate and the movement of actin filaments by the immobilized myosin is observed by fluorescence microscopy.

In this project, microfluidic channels will be designed and fabricated to impose fluid flow on gliding actin filaments in order to impose hydrodynamic loads on the filaments. The goal is to assess how disease-linked mutations alter the force-generating capability of cardiac myosin motors.


  • William O. Hancock
  • Pak Kin Wong
  • Christopher Yengo (Hershey)

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