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About the Department

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 Department of Biomedical Sciences 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 click here to read more about their areas of research


  • Using large sample osteohistology to assess growth dynamics, individual variability, and survivorship in dinosaurs and other extinct vertebrates, while utilizing the bone microstructure of extant vertebrates to provide a framework for paleo histologic inferences.
  • Growth, variation, reproduction, comparative anatomy, and evolution of dinosaurs (including birds) and other fossil and extant vertebrates.
  • Systematics, biostratigraphy of Neogene small mammals. Photogrammetric scanning of microfossils. 3D scanning and 3D printing in anatomical education and public outreach.
  • DiceCT imaging; feeding biomechanics and neurological evolution in crocodilians, dinosaurs, and birds.
  • Role of glutamate metabolism during chronic pain and spinal injury.
  • Evolution and functional morphology of thermoregulatory cranial vasculature and neurophysiological structures; 3D anatomical modeling; and multivariate analytical methods.
  • Evolution, systematics, biogeography, functional and comparative anatomy of fossil and recent mammals.
  • Musculoskeletal function, dynamics, and structural mechanics of behavior in dinosaurs and mammals; phase-contrast synchrotron imaging and quantification of bone growth mechanisms.
  • Adolescent drug exposure effects in brain function and biology. Multigenerational and transgenerational effects of paternal exposure to drugs of abuse on behavioral and neural function.
  • Jurassic fauna of Oklahoma, Evolution of mammalian lineages and faunas across the K-Pg boundary; Biotic recovery from mass extinction events.
  • Role of primary cilia in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders; identification of signaling pathways that regulate the assembly state of cilia.




Faculty in the Department of Pathology teach courses in the School of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology Track

OSU Center for Health Sciences offers an Anatomy and Vertebrae Paleontology Track. Students can earn a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree. Learn More



Nedra F. Wilson, PhD (Research Profile)

Chair, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Associate Professor of Cell Biology


Kent Smith, PhD (Research Profile)
Professor of Anatomy


Anne Weil, PhD (Research Profile)
Associate Professor of Anatomy


Holly Woodward Ballard, PhD (Research Profile)
Associate Professor of Anatomy


Dolores Vazquez Sanroman, PhD (Research Profile)

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology


Ian Browne, PhD (Research Profile)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anatomy


Daniel Barta, PhD (Research Profile

Assistant Professor of Anatomy

OSU CN - Tahlequah Campus


Eric Snively, PhD (Research Profile)

Associate Professor of Anatomy

OSU CN - Tahlequah Campus


Vikram Gujar, PhD (Research Profile)

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology


Zachary S. Klukkert, PhD (Research Profile)

Assistant Professor of Anatomy


For inquiries regarding the Body Donor Program:

Read Information about the Body Donor Program or contact the Body Donor Program at 918-561-1250.

Emeritus Faculty

Kenneth E. Miller, PhD  
Professor of Cell Biology 


Bill Meek, PhD

Professor of Cell Biology


Doris Patneau

Associate Professor of Cell Biology

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