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Skeletal Biology Focus Area

Skeletal Draft

The Skeletal Biology Research Focus Area brings together researchers that study all aspects of bone, cartilage and connective tissue biology in humans and other mammals. Approaches range across all organizational levels, from molecules to organisms. Some research projects are applied, involving clinical research. Others are basic and involve laboratory studies on molecular-level processes, but also field studies on processes at larger time-scales, such as mammalian evolution.

Skeletal Biology Group Researchers and Faculty:


Lisa Noelle Cooper, Ph.D.
Evolutionary, developmental, and functional aspects of skeletogenesis in aerial and aquatic mammals.

Tobin Hieronymus, Ph.D.
Evolutionary morphology of bone/soft tissue junctions in birds reptiles and dinosaurs.

J.G.M. Hans Thewissen, Ph.D.
Mammalian anatomy, development and evolution.

Christopher Vinyard, Ph.D.
Evolutionary and functional morphology of the mammalian skull.

Jesse Young, Ph.D.
Evolutionary, comparative and developmental mechanics of terrestrial locomotion.