William Guilford

Guilford, William H.

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering


  • BS, Biology/Chemistry, Saint Francis College
  • PhD, Physiology, University of Arizona
  • Postdoc, Biophysics, University of Vermont

Contact Information

PO Box 800759
MR5, 1111
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
Telephone: 434-243-2740

Research Disciplines

Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Cardiovascular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases/Biodefense, Molecular Biology, Physiology

Research Interests

Molecular Mechanics of Muscle Contraction and Cell Movement

Research Description

Our goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms by which cells move, with particular emphasis on muscle contraction. We examine the mechanics of these processes at the level of individual molecules using laser traps, fluorescence microscopy, and reconstituted motile and adhesive systems. These allow us to better define the molecular underpinnings of many cell movements, and the molecular basis of many diseases.

Selected Publications