Research Foci

Principal research concentrations within the Center for Anatomical Sciences include:

  • Evolutionary Anatomy & Functional Morphology: Studies investigating the structure and function of musculoskeletal tissues from anthropological and/or evolutionary perspectives.  Principal investigators: Maddux, Menegaz, Wood.
  • Clinical Anatomy & Biomechanics: Studies investigating the analysis, design, and development of orthopedic and rehabilitation protocols, techniques, tools, and assistive devices.  Principal investigators: Fisher, Lovely, Menegaz, Rosales, Reeves.
  • Education & Pedagogy: Studies investigating the teaching and learning of anatomy/movement science through the development of novel educational tools, techniques, and assessment strategies.  Principal investigators: Fisher, Lovely, Maddux, Rosales, Reeves.


Student Research

Graduate Students

The Center for Anatomical Sciences offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Anatomy through the Structural Anatomy and Rehabilitation Sciences (SARS) Graduate ProgramOur graduate students pursue anatomy-based research as applied to fields such as biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, rehabilitation sciences, orthopedics, and/or the scholarship of anatomy education.

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Undergraduate Students

While the Center for Anatomical Sciences does not offer a Bachelor’s degree in Anatomy, undergraduate students from other universities are routinely involved in CAS research projects.  In particular, CAS supports undergraduate participation in research through the SOAR (Summer Opportunities in Anatomy Research) program, which provides a $4,000 stipend for students to conduct 10 weeks of anatomy-focused research under the guidance of CAS faculty.

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Cecelia Soar Poster 2018 SOAR intern Cecelia Schaefer (Anthropology major, UT-Austin)

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Richard Soar Poster2018 SOAR intern Richard Saavedra (Anthropology major, Texas State University)

Research Facilities

The Center for Anatomical Sciences houses three state-of-the-art research laboratories:
  • Bioskills Laboratory:  The Bioskills Lab supports a wide spectrum of cadaver-based research including investigations of human variation, biomechanics, neuroscience, applied anatomy (development of clinical protocols and devices), and anatomy-focused educational pedagogy.
  • Bone and Joint Research Laboratory: The Bone and Joint Research Laboratory supports investigations of hard and soft tissue biomechanics. The lab is well-equipped with cutting-edge technologies, including instruments for assessing biomechanical material properties (MTS 858 mini Bionix II) and motion tracking (Polhemus LIBERTY 6D).
  • Comparative Anatomy and Morphometrics Laboratory:  The CAM Lab supports investigations of anatomy in both humans and non-human species. The lab facilitates gross dissection, histological analyses, and 3D quantitative analyses of anatomy using modalities such as 3D laser scanning, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The lab is also equipped with advanced 3D printing technologies for educational, outreach, and research purposes.
The Center is also strongly affiliated with several interdisciplinary laboratories on campus:
  • Human Movement Performance Laboratory: The 2,300 square foot HMP laboratory is equipped with a motion analysis system for kinematic testing of normal and pathological motion, force plates for measurement of center of pressure, and computational facilities for creating patient-specific models and simulations.
  • UNTHSC Discovery Centers: A part of the UNTHSC “Open Innovation Initiative”, the two Discovery Centers on campus provide shared laboratory space for students and faculty to access state-of-the-art equipment not available in most research labs.

Seminar Speaker Series

Each semester, the Center for Anatomical Sciences hosts 8-10 local and visiting researchers for a  lecture series on current research in the anatomical sciences.  Information regarding upcoming lectures can be found HERE and on the CAS Facebook page.

Contact us

Center for Anatomical Sciences
University of North Texas Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-735-2178
Fax: 817-735-2126


This page was last modified on March 9, 2020