The Menegaz Lab
Functional Morphology ∙ Feeding Biology ∙ Musculoskeletal Health
Our primary research focus is the feeding biology of mammals.
Mammals exhibit remarkable diversity both in the composition of their diets and in the morphology of their skulls and teeth! Our research investigates how the mechanical properties of diet affect the growth and remodeling of craniofacial tissues. What we eat when we are young influences our adult facial structure, and diet continues to play an important part in maintaining these structures as we age. We also study the biomechanics of feeding, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) kinematics and the relationship between tooth morphology and food-tooth interactions.