The Department of Anatomy conducts research in the areas of human and comparative anatomy, vertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, functional morphology, and biological systematics. Their research aims to answer important questions about the function, adaptation, and evolution of diverse vertebrate groups.
At the center of the Department’s facilities is a modern dissection lab with refrigeration and freezing capabilities. The Department also houses laboratories equipped to conduct dental microwear analysis, materials testing, histology, and fossil preparation. Several light microscopes, stereomicroscopes, a polarizing light microscope, digital microscribe, outstanding photography equipment, and superior computing resources round out the Department’s facilities. The Department also maintains a comparative collection of vertebrate skeletal material, and histological slide collections representing human and other vertebrate tissues.
Members of the Anatomy Department publish prolifically in peer-reviewed journals and books. Each year, they actively participate at scientific conferences in the United States and abroad. In addition, the Anatomy Department faculty mentor College of Osteopathic Medicine students in scholarly presentations at these same meetings, and often as co-authors on resultant publications. Department members have service roles not only within the community, but through active participation in relevant professional societies as well. This service includes terms as executive members or journal editors for some of these societies.