Dr. Rachelle Crosbie-Watson holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology and the Department of Neurology at UCLA. She is Chair of the M.S. graduate program in Physiological Science and is a Faculty Advisor for the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Regents Scholars Program, and the Beckman Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. She served as Vice-Chair for Integrative Biology and Physiology (2009-2010). Dr. Crosbie-Watson has created a course at UCLA using a new teaching format that is focused entirely on mechanisms and therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 2013, Dr. Crosbie-Watson received the “UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award”, which is a campus-wide recognition of her contributions to education. As Education Liaison, Dr. Crosbie-Watson is developing a graduate program focused on Muscle Cell Biology with an emphasis on translational research. Dr. Crosbie-Watson has expertise on structure and function of the dystrophin- and utrophin-glycoprotein complexes. Her research has revealed novel and unexpected targets in the disease pathway of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Dr. Crosbie-Watson discovered that introduction of the sarcospan gene into muscles prevents disease in animal models of muscular dystrophy. She is currently translating these preclinical data using a gene therapy approach. She brings knowledge and experience in muscle cell biology to the Executive Committee, and she is a liaison between the graduate training programs on campus and Center activities.