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Anatomy and Cell Biology

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is dedicated to the mission of OSU through teaching, research, and service.

We support the continued success of the Biomedical Sciences Department by offering core courses for the medical program and courses for the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, including the Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology Track.

Our faculty members are extensively involved in the teaching program for osteopathic medical students and graduate students. Each faculty member is involved in some aspect of state, university, college, and/or community service.

All faculty are members of the OSU Graduate Faculty and their areas of research include:

  • Application of gene therapy in strategies to induce tolerance by intrathymic cellular transplantation
  • Cytoskeleton in cell regulatory mechanisms;role of cAMP in cell morphology; gap junction changes in arthritis
  • Role of glutamate metabolism during chronic pain and spinal injury
  • Modulation of AMPA subtype of glutamate receptors by endogenous and exogenous factors; AMPA receptors in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Biogeography, systematics, and faunal studies of mammals including fossil rodents and insectivores.
  • Route of amebic infection to the central nervous system

Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology Track

Paleontological research at the OSU Center for Health Sciences spans the Mississippian to the Recent, fossil bone microstructure to long-term patterns in paleobiodiversity, and turtles to mice. Faculty research interests are currently concentrated in Mammalia and Archosauria.

Degree programs: We offer Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. There is no non-thesis Masters offered on the Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology Track. Degrees offered are in Biomedical Sciences.

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Faculty

Kenneth E. Miller, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

William D. Meek, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Kent S. Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Anne Weil, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Nedra F. Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

John Measel, Ph.D. 
Adjunct Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Paul Gignac, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dolores Vazquez Sanroman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Haley D. O’Brien Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Staff

Thom Garrison
Director of Body Donor Program, Anatomy Technician

Lindsey Yann, Ph.D.
Senior Research Assistant
lindsey.yann@okstate.edu

Ian Browne Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Instructor

Annie Brennan
Senior Administrative Assistant