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Curriculum Vitae of Rachel Menegaz, Ph.D.

Education


 2013  Ph.D., Pathobiology Area Program (Integrative Anatomy)
The University of Missouri. Dissertation: “Ecomorphological implications of primate dietary variability: an experimental model.”
 2006 B.A., Anthropology with Special Honors
The University of Texas at Austin. Honors thesis: “Functional convergence of the haplorhine postorbital septum and strigiform postorbital process.”

Appointments


 2017-Present

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Center for Anatomical Sciences
 2015-2017 Visiting Assistant Professor
Indiana University School of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical & Applied Sciences
2013-2015 Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate
Brown University, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research Funding


 2016  Indiana University, Collaborative Research Grant
 2010  National Science Foundation, Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (BCS-1061368)
 2010  Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant 
 2010   American Society of Mammalogists, Grant-in-Aid of Research 
 2006  University of Texas, Liberal Arts Research Scholarship 
 2006  University of Texas, Undergraduate Research Fellowship 

Awards and Fellowships


 2013 Anthropological Anatomy Award, American Association of Anatomists & American Association of Physical Anthropologists
 2012    Young Investigator Award, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research  
 2011 Graduate Student Award, University of Missouri
 2008-2011 Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
 2007 Mildred Trotter Prize, American Association of Physical Anthropologists 
 2007-2013 Life Sciences Doctoral Fellowship, University of Missouri
 2006 Hibbs Scholarship, University of Texas

Peer-Reviewed Publications


 2017  Menegaz RA, Ravosa MJ. Ontogenetic and functional modularity in the rodent mandible. Zoology, 124:61-72. Supplementary material  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gQGYdylgFNomD4NMkFeTdVxijHKBOZWU&authuser=0
 2016  Ravosa MJ, Menegaz RA, Scott JE, Daegling DJ, McAbee KR. Limitations of a morphological criterion of adaptive inference in the fossil record. Biological Reviews 91:883-898.
 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3OrcB4RSCd7cWpCdTBVSzRJVTg&authuser=0
 2015    Menegaz RA, Baier DB, Metzger KA, Herring SW, Brainerd EL. XROMM analysis of tooth occlusion and temporomandibular joint kinematics during feeding in juvenile miniature pigs. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:2573-2584. Supplementary material.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OrcB4RSCd7ZUc1eTZpd3o5OWs/view
 2010 Menegaz RA, Sublett SV, Figueroa SD, Hoffman TJ, Ravosa MJ, Aldridge K. Evidence for the influence of diet on cranial form and robusticity. Anatomical Record 293A:630-641.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OrcB4RSCd7UklleDYzVnJ4M2s/view?usp=sharing
 2010 Jašarević E, Ning J, Daniel AN, Menegaz RA, Johnson JJ, Stack MS, Ravosa MJ. Masticatory loading, function and plasticity: A microanatomical analysis of mammalian circumorbital soft-tissue structures. Anatomical Record 293A:642-650.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OrcB4RSCd7cXoyNGNxNFplZzA/view?usp=sharing
 2009 Menegaz RA, Kirk EC. Septa and processes: convergent evolution of the orbit in haplorhine primates and strigiform birds. Journal of Human Evolution 59:672-687.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OrcB4RSCd7eS1EZE5ORHVxdUk/view?usp=sharing
 2009 Menegaz RA, Sublett SV, Figueroa SD, Hoffman TJ, Ravosa MJ. Phenotypic plasticity and function of the hard palate in growing rabbits. Anatomical Record 292A:277-284.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OrcB4RSCd7Zk9MbnFlYUM5M2c/view?usp=sharing
 2008 Ravosa MJ, López EK, Menegaz RA, Stock SR, Stack MS, Hamrick MW. Using “Mighty Mouse” to understand masticatory plasticity: myostatin-deficient mice and musculoskeletal function. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48(3):345-359.
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OrcB4RSCd7NWN4aXJ6Tk0ybTA/view?usp=sharing

Book Chapters


2013 Ravosa MJ, Congdon KA, Menegaz RA. Experimental approaches to musculoskeletal function in primates. In D.R. Begun (Ed.): Companion to Paleoanthropology. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 55-74.  
2008 Ravosa MJ, López EK, Menegaz RA, Stock SR, Stack MS, Hamrick MW. Adaptive plasticity in the mammalian masticatory complex: you are what, and how, you eat. In: Vinyard CJ, Ravosa MJ, Wall CE, eds. Primate Craniofacial Biology and Function. New York: Springer Academic Publishers. Pp. 293-328.

Teaching Experience


2017-2018 Systems-Based Human Anatomy and Embryology, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Three-semester series of lecture- and laboratory-based courses for medical students. 
 
2018Structural Anatomy, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Lecture- and laboratory-based course for graduate (MS/PhD) students.
 
2018Human Evolution and Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Seminar course for medical and graduate students. 
 
2017 Clinical Anatomy I & II, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Lecture- and laboratory-based course for physician assistant and physical therapy students.
 
2015-2016 Head and Neck Anatomy, Indiana University School of Dentistry
(Course Director) Lecture- and laboratory-based course for dental students.
 
2015-2016 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy, Indian University School of Dentistry
(Course Director) Intensive refresher course for graduate students and dental residents.
 
2015-2017 Systems Approach to the Biomedical Sciences, Indiana University School of Dentistry
(Module Director) Two-semester series of lecture based courses for dental students.
 
2013-2015 Human Anatomy I & II, Brown University Alpert School of Medicine
Two-semester series of lecture- and laboratory-based courses for medical students.
 
2012 Human Gross Anatomy, University of Missouri
Lecture- and laboratory-based course for physical and occupational therapy students.

Full CV available upon request.