Research Interests

Genomics of Reproduction

Bert Tanner

Associate Professor

Room: VBR 255
Phone: (509)-335-7785

Bert Tanner


ORCID: 0000-0003-1711-8526

Current Position

2019-Present Associate Professor, IPN, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2013-Present Associate Graduate Research Faculty, Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2014-Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemical and Bioengineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA


University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT BS 12/2001 Physics
University of Washington, Seattle, WA PHD 12/2007 Bioengineering
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT Postdoctoral Fellow 05/2013 Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Biographical Information

Dr. Tanner received his B.S. in Physics from University of Utah in 2001. After his B.S., Dr. Tanner worked as a design engineer for Campbell Scientific, Inc. in Utah. He then went on to his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington in 2007. From there, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont. He has been at Washington State University since 2013.


Research studies within my laboratory focus on normal, mutated, and diseased proteins that influence muscle contraction and relaxation dynamics. We often integrate mathematical modeling, computational simulations, biochemical assays, and biophysical system-analysis to investigate complex network behavior among muscle proteins. We use these findings to describe and illustrate molecular mechanisms of contraction that underlie muscle function at the cellular and tissue levels. By applying these techniques to a variety of muscle preparations, such as skeletal and cardiac muscles from mice, rats, fruit-flies, and humans, we capitalize on functional diversity among species and diseases to better understand the molecular basis of muscle contraction in locomotion and heart disease.

Honors and Awards

2010 Cathy Bulman Memorial Award, Annual Research Retreat, Stowe, VT
2011 Cathy Bulman Memorial Award, Annual Research Retreat, Stowe, VT

Current Funding

19TPA34860008                                                                                               Tanner (PI)         7/1/2019-6/30/2022
American Heart Transformational Project Award
Thick-filament regulation in human heart failure
1656450                                                                                                            Tanner (PI)         5/1/2017-4/30/2020
National Science Foundation IOS Core Proposal
Myosin kinetics during shortening and lengthening in striated muscles