ARIP Faculty Profile

Chicago, IL University of Chicago (UOC)

Mark Westneat, Ph.D.

University of Chicago
ARIP Professor
Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy

Website: http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/westneat_m.html

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Westneat is a Research Associate in Zoology at the Field Museum of Natural History and the former Director of biodiversity Synthesis Center.

The research focuses on marine and freshwater fishes, the assessment and conservation of coral reef fishes, the biomechanics of feeding, locomotion and respiration in animals ranging from insects to fishes to birds, and the synthesis of evolutionary trees with biomechanical traits to better understanding evolution.  Please visit my lab website.

Chicago, IL University of Chicago (UOC)

Melina Hale, Ph.D.

University of Chicago
ARIP Professor
Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
-Committee on Neurobiology/Committee on Computational Neuroscience.

Website: http://halelab.uchicago.edu/

Areas of Expertise

Neuromechanics, Locomotor system.

I am particularly interested in hindbrain and spinal cord neural circuits that drive paired fin movements and axial bending of the body. We use morphology, physiology, and behavior to examine how sensorimotor systems are organized and function. While most of our work is in the zebrafish, a great genetic model system, we are pursuing significant efforts n non model organisms to explore specialized functional systems, like lungfish limbs, and address questions of nervous system evolution. Please visit my lab website.