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September 27, 2021

Michelle L. Osborn to present Anatomy and Physiology Seminar

Submitted by Gail Eyestone

Michelle L. Osborn, assistant professor of comparative biomedical sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, will present "The Equine Navicular Apparatus as a Premier Enthesis Organ: Functional Implications" at the Anatomy and Physiology seminar at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, via Zoom.

Osborn describes her research interests, "We apply the principles of functional and evolutionary morphology to the study of complex structural systems of model organisms to answer causal 'how?' questions and evolutionary, 'why?' questions. This involves natural experiments to test specific hypotheses. For example, we study the head-neck-shoulder apparatus as an example of a complex system in various vertebrates (e.g., the bipedal human; the quadrupedal cat, dog, and horse; and the tetrapodal salamander) to understand its function in each animal and to reconstruct its evolutionary history. We also study pathomechanical postures and movements of the skeletomuscular system in various vertebrates that may be related to tissue degeneration. We use an eclectic set of techniques (e.g., biometrics, statistics, gross and micro-dissection, histology, force analysis, imaging and animation in 2D and 3D) and collaborate with other anatomists, biologists, clinicians, computer scientists, mathematicians, theoretical and medical physicists, and philosophers of science."

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