Chun Y. Seow, PhD.

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
St. Paul’s Hospital, Burrard Building
Room 166 - 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1Y6

Phone Number: 
(604) 806-9268
Fax Number: 
(604) 806-9274
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Dr. Seow specializes in smooth and skeletal muscle cell biology/physiology. His current research focus is on the mechanical function, ultrastructure and biochemistry of airway smooth muscle, in health and disease. His current research program is supported by 1 NSERC and 2 CIHR grants research program.  There are two major branches in his research program, one focuses on the basic mechanism of contraction in smooth muscle, the other focuses on airway hyperresponsiveness related to dysfunction of airway smooth muscle. His other research interests include skeletal muscle mechanics, ATPase cycle associated with the crossbridge cycle, visualization of protein-protein interaction, and mathematical modeling of muscle function.

Education and Training

  • University of Manitoba B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, 1984
  • University of Manitoba Ph.D. Physiology, 1989
  • University of Chicago Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1989-1992
  • Special Professional Qualifications: Mechanical Engineer
  • University of Chicago Research Associate, 1992-1996
  • Indiana University Research Associate, July 1996- Sept. 1996

Area of Interest

Airway smooth muscle, Asthma, Respiratory System, Muscle mechanics, Muscle biochemistry, Muscle ultrastructure.

Selected Publications