News and Events

Two summer fellows to join us

February 28th, 2014

A BU undergraduate, Michaela Welch ’17, and a first year BU MD/PhD student, Chino Igwebuike, will be joining our group for summer research.

UROP & MSSRP summer positions available

January 30th, 2014

We invite undergraduates (to be supported by UROP) and first year Medical Students (support through MSSRP) to inquire about joining us for the summer of 2014.

Revised FSHD paper submitted

January 29th, 2014

Our colleagues Takako and Peter Jones have submitted a revised version of the FSHD mechanism paper on which Sachiko Homma, Mary Lou Beermann, and Jeff are co-authors.

New MDC1A paper published

December 6th, 2013

Our new MDC1A paper has been published in the journal Skeletal Muscle.  The title is: “Immortalized myogenic cells from Congenital Muscular Dystrophy Type1A patients recapitulate aberrant caspase activation in pathogenesis: A new tool for MDC1A research.” and the authors are Soonsang Yoon, Guido Stadler, Mary Lou Beermann, Eric V. Schmidt, James A. Windelborn, Peter Schneiderat, Woodring E. Wright and Jeff. (Read the article)

New MDC1A paper submitted

October 28th, 2013

With Dr. Soonsang Yoon as lead author, we’ve submitted a paper describing the immortalization of myogenic cells from human MDC1A patients and how these cells recapitulate aspects of pathology seen in muscle tissue.  Co-authors with Dr. Yoon include Dr. Guido Stadler and Dr. Woody Wright (UT Southwestern), Dr. Peter Schneiderat (Univ. Munich), Dr. J. Windelborn (UMass Med), Mary Lou Beermann and Eric Schmidt (BU) and Jeff.

FSHD International Consortium

October 22nd, 2013

Jeff, Mary Lou Beermann, Sachiko Homma, and Soonsang Yoon attended this year’s FSHD International Research Consortium Conference which was held at MIT this week. The ~100 attendees included academic scientists, biotech scientists, patient advocates, and representatives of funding agencies including the NIH, MDA, FSH Society, and FSH Global.

Jeff at MDA Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting

October 18th, 2013

In Tucson, Jeff took part in the fall meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday, October 18th, 2013.

Eric Schmidt presents at Undergraduate Research Symposium

October 18th, 2013

Eric Schmidt presented a poster describing his work on culture of human myoblasts under low oxygen at BU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium today.

New FSHD manuscript submitted

September 18th, 2013

Takako I Jones, Peter L. Jones, and Charis Himeda (all of UMass Med) are lead authors, and we (Jeff, Mary Lou Beermann, and Sachiko Homma) are among the co-authors, on a manuscript about FSHD gene mechanisms that has just been submitted for review.

Gregg Miller ’15 joins group

July 23rd, 2013

Gregg Miller (Neuroscience ’15) has joined our group as an undergraduate researcher.

New NIH grant funded

July 9th, 2013

NIAMS has funded a new five year R01 with Dr. Peter Jones (UMass Med) as PI and Jeff as a collaborating researcher.  The new funding will support studies of aberrant DUX4 expression and function in FSHD pathogenesis.

Dr. Yoon presents at ISSCR

June 13th, 2013

At the International Society for Stem Cell Research conference in Boston, Dr. Soonsang Yoon presented her studies of pathological changes in immortalized myogenic stem cells obtained from MDC1A patients.

BU summer grant to Eric Schmidt ’15

April 26th, 2013

The BU Undergraduate Opportunities Program (UROP) has awarded a stipend grant to Eric Schmidt (Biomedical Engineering ’15) to support his work this summer in our group.  Eric will begin on June 3rd.

Jeff gives Robert Wade Memorial Lecture at University of Maryland

April 3rd, 2013

Jeff was invited to present the Robert Wade Memorial Lecture in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  The lecture was April 1 and, as part of the visiting lectureship, Jeff also taught a graduate class on April 2.

MDA and ISSCR abstracts submitted

February 8th, 2013

We’ve submitted abstracts for two conferences. Sachiko Homma, Mary Lou Beermann, and Jeff wrote about DUX4-FL expression for the MDA Conference in April. Soonsang Yoon and Jeff, with co-authors Guido Stadler and Woody Wright, wrote about immortalizing human MDC1A myogenic cell lines for the ISSCR Stem Cell Conference in June.

We’ve moved to Boston University

January 28th, 2013

We’ve moved to the Boston University School of Medicine as of January 28th, 2013. Jeff’s new email address is  We’re located on the fourth floor of the Center for Advanced Biomedical Research, 700 Albany Street, Boston MA 02118.

Moving to Boston University

November 12th, 2012

We are moving our group to the Boston University School of Medicine with a target date of Feb. 1, 2013. At that time, Jeff will take up his new position as Professor of Neurology and Physiology.

Jeff at MDA Medical Advisory Committee

October 19th, 2012

In Tucson, Jeff took part in the fall meeting of the Medicla Advisory Committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday, October 19th, 2012.

HMG paper profiled in MDA Quest

October 14th, 2012

Our recent HMG paper on DUX4-fl expression has been profiled in the Research Updates section of MDA Quest magazine (vol. 19, no. 4, pp 14-15 or

Human Molecular Genetics Published Paper from Wellstone Group

July 13th, 2012

Human Molecular Genetics has now published the paper from our Wellstone Group in which we examined DUX4-fl expression in FSHD and healthy individuals. (Abstract at PubMed)

Welcome, Dr. Soonsang Yoon!

June 1st, 2012

We’ve welcomed Dr. Soonsang Yoon to our group. Dr. Yoon received her PhD at the University of Oxford and has previously worked on mechanisms of myogenesis with Dr. Emanuela Gussoni.

New NIH grant

May 11th, 2012

Jeff is PI on a newly awarded, five year R01 grant from the NIH (NIAMS).  This funding will support our work on congenital and limb-girdle dystrophies.

Published article in European Journal of Human Genetics

April 2nd, 2012

The European Journal of Human Genetics has now published the final version of our article: “A unique library of myogenic cells from facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy subjects and unaffected relatives: family, disease and cell function.” (2012 Apr;20(4):404-10. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2011.213. Epub 2011 Nov 23.)

Award from AFM

March 6th, 2012

The Association Française contre les Myopathies (AFM) has made an award to Jeff and Peter Jones as co-PIs to support supply purchases for new FSHD research directions.

Wellstone group paper submission

February 8th, 2012

The Wellstone group has submitted a paper describing analyses of DUX4 expression in cells and tissues from  FSHD patients and their relatives.  Authors from our group include Jeff, Sachiko Homma, and Mary Lou Beerman.  Our BBRI colleague, Peter Jones, is the senior author of this manuscript.