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Lauren A. Gonzales, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
School of Medicine Greenville
Office: 607 Grove Rd.
Greenville SC 29605


Background: Lauren Gonzales is a Clinical Assistant Professor teaching courses in Gross Anatomy. She earned a Master's Degree in Anthropology from New Mexico State University and Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University. Prior to joining USCSOMG, Dr. Gonzales held a joint Postdoctoral Research position at Duke University and the Florida Museum of Natural History, where she worked to CT scan and digitize osteological and fossil collections.
Teaching Interest(s): My research and background in evolutionary anthropology are highly integrated with the subjects that I teach, and give me a greater understanding of form and function relationships in a comparative and evolutionary context. It is my experience that when students learn anatomy in this context, anatomical structures cease to be separate disembodied parts and instead make up a cohesive whole. It further provides a novel and exciting venue for viewing anatomy.
Research Interest(s): The overarching goal of my research program is to understand how key changes in primate sensory anatomy influenced primate and anthropoid evolution. My approach uses comparative anatomy and ecology of living animals as a reference to reconstruct the functional and adaptive implications of anatomical and behavioral changes during evolution. This work centers on two primary areas of study: the semicircular canals of the inner ear and the evolution of the brain.
Honors & Awards: Leakey Research Grant
Leakey Research Grant
Duke Mentorship Award
Duke Summer Research Fellowship
Graduate School Dissertation Research and Travel Award
Baylor President's Scholarship
Professional Affiliations: American Association of Anatomists
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

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