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The Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution offers a five year PhD program in evolutionary and organismal biology, with a strong emphasis on function. The Center delivers the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Human Gross Anatomy curriculum.

Welcome

The Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Our research focus is the exploration of relationships among functional anatomy, behavior and evolutionary biology of extant and extinct vertebrates. The Center provides an exceptional opportunity for graduate students to study and conduct original research in evolutionary organismal biology, both in laboratory settings and in the field.

Our teaching focus is primarily directed at human anatomy. The Center is responsible for delivering the School of Medicine Gross Anatomy curriculum, an essential part of the requirements for the MD degree. We also offer a Summer Institute in Anatomy, offered to students both in and outside of the Johns Hopkins community. Additionally, our faculty offer courses in organismal biology to Johns Hopkins undergraduates.

The department also houses a large collection of fossil vertebrates and various research facilities.



Master of Science in Anatomy Education

Please follow this link for information regarding our Master of Science in Anatomy Education Program.



Latest news from the Center

Dr. Bever Promoted to Associate Professor

Gabriel Bever was promoted to Associate Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution, effective February 1, 2021. A full-time faculty member in the Center, Dr. Bever earned his PhD in Paleobiology from the University of Texas at Austin. His positions prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins included Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in NY and at Yale University, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the New York Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bever is well recognized for his work integrating data from multiple sources including anatomy, embryology, developmental genetics, phylogenomics, and the fossil record. The Bever lab examines the mechanisms responsible for variation in biological systems and how those mechanisms influence macroevolutionary patterns. This work currently includes an NSF-funded study of the enigmatic body plan of turtles.

Dr. Bever teaches in the Human Anatomy course for first-year medical students, Introduction to Histology and Evolutionary Theory & Comparative Methods to graduate students in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution as well as Evolution & Development of the Vertebrates in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences on the Homewood campus.

Please join us in congratulating Gabe on his promotion to Associate Professor!

Posted March 2021

The Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution invites applicants for a full-time, two-year post-doctoral fellowship

Please follow this link for additional information and application instructions: Application Instructions

Posted February 2021

Corinne Sandone Named Interim Director of FAE

Cory Sandone has been named Interim Director of the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution. Ms. Sandone assumed this role effective July 3, 2020, following the retirement of Chris Ruff who served as Director of the Center since 2001.

Ms. Sandone currently serves as Director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in the School of Medicine. An internationally recognized medical illustrator and educator, Ms. Sandone has demonstrated leadership and excellence in program development in her 30 years at Johns Hopkins.

Ms. Sandone earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following graduate training, she began her career by illustrating a series of full color surgical atlases, and has produced a prodigious body of surgical illustration over the past three decades. Her work has won numerous awards and has been represented in over 175 articles, manuscripts, books and in electronic media. She has also mentored more than 30 students and faculty members. Ms. Sandone has distinguished herself as a leader in the Association of Medical Illustrators, as Board member, President, and Fellow.

Ms. Sandone has experience leading a unique, specialized department that has faculty members practicing in all three areas of the School of Medicine mission: clinical, research and education. During her tenure as director of the medical illustration graduate program, Ms. Sandone developed significant innovations to the curriculum and worked with the faculty and administration to make the student body more diverse. She will build on FAE’s track record of excellence and leverage its expertise across Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is a creative and enthusiastic advocate for the faculty, staff and students of the Center.

Posted January 2021

Dr. Chris Ruff Appointed Professor Emeritus

Dr. Christopher Ruff was appointed Professor Emeritus of Functional Anatomy and Evolution, effective July 3, 2020, following his retirement as Director of the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution, a role he has held since 2001.

Dr. Ruff came to Johns Hopkins in 1983, following undergraduate training at Stanford University, graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, postdoctoral training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and junior faculty positions at Boston University. His research has been focused on skeletal biology and biomechanics, primate functional morphology, and evolution of the hominoid postcranium. Dr. Ruff has achieved great success in his research, authoring more than 200 manuscripts, delivering more than 75 invited lectures, and serving as the editor of both the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

He has made substantial contributions to the education of generations of Johns Hopkins students and trainees through his contributions to the Human Anatomy course to medical students and, since 2001, as the Director of the Center. Dr. Ruff has mentored more than 35 students including 17 PhD candidates in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Under his direction, the new Master of Science in Anatomy Education graduate program was developed last year.

The Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution looks forward to Dr. Ruff’s continuing collaborations with students and colleagues in his new Emeritus role!

Posted December 2020

Dr. Sylvester Promoted to Associate Professor

Adam Sylvester was promoted to Associate Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution, effective October 1, 2020. A full time faculty member in the Center, Dr. Sylvester earned his BS in Zoology, then his MA and PhD in Anthropology, from the University of Tennessee. His positions prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins included at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and as a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

Dr. Sylvester is a nationally recognized authority on primate postcranial morphology, the evolution of hominin locomotion, bone functional adaptation, and morphometric modeling of the skeletal system. His research interests focus on the relationship between external and internal form of the hominin skeleton and mechanical loadings, especially those due to weight-bearing and locomotor behavior. He has played a key role in the development of novel advanced morphometric techniques for the analysis of bone surface morphology and trabecular bone microstructure and is acknowledged as one of the world’s experts in this growing field. He is supported by the National Science Foundation to study an issue of clinical and biomechanical significance: how does obesity affect mechanical loadings and trabecular bone structure in the human skeleton?

Dr. Sylvester teaches Geometric Morphometrics in the Center for FAE and Human Anatomy in the School of Medicine and in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences on the Homewood campus.

Dr. Sylvester is the director of the Graduate program in Functional Anatomy and Evolution.

Please join us in congratulating Adam on his promotion to Associate Professor!

Posted October 2020