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Thomas C. Irving

Thomas C. Irving, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Biology
Director, Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT)
Professor of Biology and Physics






182C Life Sciences Building


Ph.D. University of Guelph
M.Sc. University of Guelph
B.Sc. University of Guelph

Research & Accomplishments 

Operate a NIH funded Biotechnology Research Center at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory for non-crystalline diffraction and scattering from biological molecules and tissues.


  • Biophysics of muscle contraction, non-crystalline x-ray diffraction, synchrotron radiation instrumentation


  • Determine the Structural Basis of the Frank-Starling Law of the Heart, collaboration with Loyolla University Stritch School of Medicine.
  • Deduce the structural and functional l roles of My-BP-C in muscle contraction, collaboration with University of Massachusetts Medical School.
  • Study the deleterious effect of mutations in the myosin light chains in cardiomyopathies, collaboration with University of Miami Medical School.
  • Deduce the structural and functional and structural roles of nebulin in muscle contraction and their role in nemaline myopathy, collaboration with University of Arizona/NIH.
  • Deduce the structural mechanism of delayed stretch activation in striated muscle, collaboration with Duke University Medical School.


  • Ontario Scholar (1974)
  • I.O.D.E. Capt. Frederick Bond Memorial University Entrance Scholarship
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (1983-84)(1985-86)
  • Canadian Heart Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship (1989 - 1991)
  • IITRI fellow (1998- 2000)
  • Sigma Xi / IIT Award for Excellence in University Research (senior division) 2007


Editorial Boards 

  • Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, review editor

Professional Societies 

  • American Crystallographic Association
  • American Physical Society Division of Biological Physics
  • Biophysical Society