Functional morphology arises from the tradition of comparative vertebrate anatomy. Current research aims to understand how organisms move and emphasizes the study of bone structure, muscular activity and high-resolution kinematic analysis. We have established our department as a major center for research in studying the evolution of locomotion from pterosaurs to early hominids. Faculty pursuing research in functional morphology include:Kris Carlson, Adam Huttenlocker, Kristi Lewton, Biren Patel, Myra Laird and Erik Seiffert.
Our faculty focuses on translational biomedical science areas that encompass a broad range of topics, including: renal molecular mechanisms controlling blood pressure, dietary chemotherapeutic agents, miRNA in prostate cancer and the neurobiology of behavior. These faculty members include:Rayudu Gopalakrishna, Ruth Wood, and Shao-Yao Ying.