The Butterfield Lab

A Muscle Mechanics Laboratory

Our laboratory focuses on the mechanical and physiological properties of muscle tissue during in-vivo ambulation and exercise in a number of models.  We collect direct, real time measurements of mechanical properties and performance of skeletal muscle during modified use, and measure the cellular responses thereafter.  Although it is known that muscle adapts following various modes of exercise, the mechanisms that govern these adaptive processes remain unknown at the cellular level and appear to be related to the mechanical micro-environment of individual fibers within the matrix of skeletal muscle.  The additional contributions of altered muscle function to bone and joint health is of great clinical interest, and we have devised new methodologies to further our understanding of the impact of abnormal muscle function on bone, cartilage, and ligament health during exercise

People in the Lab Coats

STATS: Height: 6'4" Location: Lexington, KY Hometown: Potsdam, NY Position: Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences; Department of Physiology; Center for Muscle Biology Research Interests: Mechanical and physiological properties of muscle utilizing in vivo models Drink of Choice: Dog Fish Head Ale, and some good 'ol Kentucky Bourbon…..emphasis on the good :-)    

STATS:

Height: 6'4"

Location: Lexington, KY

Hometown: Potsdam, NY

Position: Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences; Department of Physiology; Center for Muscle Biology

Research Interests: Mechanical and physiological properties of muscle utilizing in vivo models

Drink of Choice: Dog Fish Head Ale, and some good 'ol Kentucky Bourbon…..emphasis on the good :-)  

 

Timothy Butterfield, PhD, ATC

Tim was born and grew up in Postdam, New York.  Potsdam is also the once home of Wes Craven who lived there while he was faculty at Clarkson University (one of the first colleges to require students to have personal computers in 1983- so ahead of the times!). Wes Craven based his infamous “A Nightmare on Elm Street” on a street in Potsdam.  The inspiration for his movie came from a group of his film students who had created a short film in which the name of the town in their movie was MADSTOP or Potsdam backwards!

Another crazy tidbit about Potsdam: In 1889 the Barnum and Bailey Circus traveling by train, derailed right outside of Potsdam and unfortunately lost several exotic animals.  Elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, camels,  and an Arabian horse are among some of the animals buried there!  This factoid takes Butterfield to the top of most interesting town bio- beating out Sarah (below).

Tim attended undergrad at the State University of New York at Potsdam and obtained his BA in Biology with a Chemistry minor.  He then went on to obtain a BS in Sports Medicine from Messiah College to become a Certified Athletic Trainer, and continue on for his Master’s at Old Dominion University.  After several years working as the Head Athletic Trainer for football at Mansfield University (Mansfield, PA), and a short stint at Samaritan Medical Center, he headed across the border for Canada to receive his PhD at THE University of Calgary with Dr. Walter Herzog.  After finishing up in Canada, he spent his post doc with Dr. Thomas Best at the Ohio State University.  Following his post-doc, he ventured down to the University of Kentucky to run is own Basic Science Lab within the Division of Athletic Training.  Tim has several PROjects going on at the moment

Interesting fact: Tim is no stranger to work :-)  Working his way through school he held several odd jobs from a Vet technician to a video/pinball repairman! 

Tim lives here in Lexington with Cindy McKenzie, and their long haired German Shepard, Kind der Lieben, aka the Love Child, :-).  He enjoys woodworking, rebuilding crappy things into better things (the guy has seriously remodeled his whole house, as well as some friends houses), loves back-country camping, the mountains, and snow shoeing (which unfortunately he is unable to do here in KY).

STATS: Location: Lexington, KY Hometown: Grundy, VA Position: Best Lab Technician EVER Research Interests: Obesity prevention, physical activity, biological muscle differences between lean and obese individuals Drink of Choice: Designated Driver Special … and delicious Whole Foods flights @ five :-)

STATS:

Location: Lexington, KY

Hometown: Grundy, VA

Position: Best Lab Technician EVER

Research Interests: Obesity prevention, physical activity, biological muscle differences between lean and obese individuals

Drink of Choice: Designated Driver Special … and delicious Whole Foods flights @ five :-)

Sarah Abshire, BS

Sarah grew up as Sarah Wallace in Grundy, Virginia which is known for its Flood Control Project.  After suffering 9 major floods, this project includes the blasting of a mountain in order to create 13 new acres of land on higher ground for the entire town to relocate.  This small town of 1,105 people is also the future home to a new multi-level Walmart, and home of the very first Piggly Wiggly grocery store now a 95 store chain in a tri-state area. 

Sarah attended Berea College in Berea, KY for her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biology.  She then made her way to the University of Kentucky to work on her Masters.  When she isn’t busy pipetting, and showing us all how to run a Western, she is working towards her Master’s in Public Health, where she is focusing on obesity prevention.  Matter of fact she will be graduating May 2011.  

Sarah is married to Demetrius Abshire and has 2 mutt dogs, Comet and Happy, who were recently just genotyped so that they would no longer have to go through life without an identity.  They also have Sylvester, a stray cat that they were kind enough to take in.  Sarah is a huge animal lover and is entertaining the notion of going on to vet school to become a veterinarian.  She enjoys volunteering with the Humane Society, making her own jewelry, geocaching, running, and biking.  To date she has completed 2 full marathons, and 2 half marathons!  This summer her and Demetrius are biking Virginia!