- Associate Chair, Department of Biology
- Program Director of M.S. and Ph.D. Programs, Department of Biology (except for Pre-health and Applied Life Sciences programs)
- Associate Teaching Professor of Biology
M.S. in Biology and Chemistry, University of Plovdiv
Ph.D. in Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology
My Ph.D. research work was focused on understanding the structure and function of muscles, with a specific emphasis on indirect flight muscles and cardiac muscle regulation.
Bekyarova, T. I., Baumann, B. A .J., Reedy, M. C., Tregear, R. T., Ward, A., Krzic, U., Prince, K. M., Reconditi, M., Gore, D., Irving, T. C., and Reedy, M. K. “Crossbridges as Passive Brakes: Reverse Actin Sliding Triggers Strong Myosin Binding That Moves Tropomyosin”PNAS 105:10372-10377 (2008).
Colson, B. A., Bekyarova, T. I., Locher, M.R., Fitzsimons, D. P., Irving, T. C., and Moss, R.L. “Protein Kinase A-Mediated Phosphorylation of cMyBP-C Increases Proximity of Myosin Heads to Actin in Resting Myocardium” Circulation Research 103(3):244-51 (2008).
Colson, B. A., Bekyarova, T. I., Fitzsimons, D. P., Irving, T. C., and Moss, R. L. “ Radial displacement of myosin cross-bridges in mouse myocardium due to ablation of myosin binding protein-C” J. Mol. Biol. 367:36–41 (2007).
Squire, J. M., Bekyarova, T. I., Farman, G., Gore, D., Rajkumar, G., Knupp, C., Lucaveche, C., Reedy, M. C., Reedy, M. K., and Irving, T. C. “The myosin filament superlattice in the flight muscles of flies: A-band lattice optimization for stretch-activation?” J. Mol. Biol.361:823-38 (2006).
Dickinson, M., Farman, G., Frye, M., Bekyarova, T. I., Gore, D., Maughan, D., and Irving, T. “Molecular dynamics of cyclically contracting insect flight muscle in vivo” Nature 433:330-333 (2005).