Where are they now?

A profile the current activities of previous members of the Bosch Advanced Microscopy Facility.

Dr Nicholas Paul Whitehead

Dr Nicholas Paul Whitehead

Current position of Job Title
Research Assistant Professor

University of Washington

Full Address
University of Washington
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
1705 NE Pacific Street
H-418 HSB, Box 357290
Seattle, WA, 98195, USA.

Email address

Dates registered at the Bosch AMF and supervisor(s) and laboratory worked in during this time
2003-2009 Professor David Allen’s lab (Physiology)

Summary of achievements and/or awards during this time

  • 2004-2006 Rolf Edgar Lake Postdoctoral Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
  • 2005 John Young Scientific First Prize for Oral Presentation, Bosch Institute, University of Sydney
  • 2008 Confocal Microscopy Scientific Image Award, Bosch Institute, University of Sydney

Publications that came from the use of the Bosch AMF

  • Yeung EW, Whitehead NP, Suchyna TM, Gottlieb PA, Sachs F & Allen DG (2005). Effects of stretch-activated channel blockers on [Ca2+]i and muscle damage in the mdx mouse. Journal of Physiology 562, 367-380.
  • Whitehead NP, Streamer M, Lusambili LI & Allen DG (2006). Streptomycin reduces stretch-induced membrane permeability in muscles from mdx mice. Neuromuscular Disorders 16, 845-854.
  • Whitehead NP, Pham C, Gervasio OL & Allen DG (2008). N-acetylcysteine ameliorates skeletal muscle pathophysiology in mdx mice. Journal of Physiology 586, 2003-2014.
  • Gervasio OL , Whitehead NP, Yeung EW, Phillips WD & Allen DG (2008). TRPC1 binds to caveolin-3 and is regulated by Src kinase – role in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Journal of Cell Science 121, 2246-2255.
  • Whitehead NP, Yeung EW, Froehner SC, Allen DG (2010). Skeletal muscle NADPH oxidase is Increased and triggers stretch-Induced damage in the mdx mouse. PLoS ONE 5(12): e15354.

Summary of current activities and achievements
Since 2009, I have been at the University of Washington, working in Professor Stan Froehner’s lab. My main research interests are muscular dystrophy and the role of skeletal muscle on whole body metabolism and energy balance. In 2009, I was awarded the Weisman Postdoctoral Fellowship from Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). In 2012, I was appointed to the position Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology, University of Washington.

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My Bosch AMF experience
My experience of the Bosch AMF was very positive. I mostly used the Zeiss Meta Confocal microscope for my experiments, which included both live cell and tissue section imaging. The microscopes were always well maintained and Dr Louise Cole was always very helpful in demonstrating the features of the microscope and fixing any minor technical problems when they occurred.