Josh T Maxwell, PhD
Director, Animal Physiology Core
Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Maxwell received his PhD in Cell and Molecular Physiology from Loyola University Chicago in 2010, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He completed a 2nd postdoc in the laboratory of Michael Davis in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Tech before becoming an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics and Heart Research and Outcomes (HeRO) Center at Emory+Children’s. His research focuses on developing stem cell-based therapies for heart failure in pediatric patients.
With a background in cardiac physiology, Dr. Maxwell studies the effect of electrical stimulation on the function of cardiac progenitor cells and its utility as a strategy for inducing cardiac differentiation of these cells. Dr. Maxwell uses his experience with confocal calcium imaging not only in stem cells but also in adult myocytes to investigate the control of intracellular calcium and its role in the regulation of excitation-contraction and excitation-transcription coupling in primary atrial and ventricular myocytes. In addition to running his laboratory, Dr. Maxwell serves as the Scientific Director of the Emory+Children’s Animal Physiology Core in the Department of Pediatrics.