Welcome to the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution

Learn about our five-year PhD program in Functional Anatomy and Evolution

Our research focus is the exploration of relationships among functional anatomy, behavior and evolutionary biology of extant and extinct vertebrates.

Ph.D. Graduate Program

…a 5-year program focused on independent research ranging from vertebrate fossils, to primates to recent human remains and teaching human gross anatomy.

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Masters Graduate Program

…a one-year full-time program providing intensive immersion in human anatomy through both classroom instruction and dissection laboratories, including small group interactions with our faculty.

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PhD Program in Functional Anatomy and Evolution

The FAE graduate program offers a Ph.D. in Functional Anatomy and Evolution and provides individualized support by world-leading professors for each student in a close-knit department with an excellent faculty to student ratio. Our primary focuses are independent research and teaching human gross anatomy, with research areas covered by faculty and students that range from vertebrate fossils, to primates to recent human remains.

As a result of the interdisciplinary training of the FAE graduate program, our graduates are well equipped to face the challenge of today’s academic job market. For more information on requirements for entry to the program, see our requirements for admission. See links at the bottom of the page for further information about the program.

Master of Science in
 Anatomy Education

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Master of Science in Anatomy Education is a one-year program that provides specialized training in clinically based anatomy (and related basic science disciplines) while enhancing communication skills through exposure to advanced educational theory and methods.  The curriculum supports a variety of post-graduation career interests that include (but are not limited to):  admission to one of the many professional schools in the medical/health sciences (e.g., medical, nursing, and physical therapy schools), admission to a Ph.D. program in biology/biomedicine, and teaching positions in Higher Education.

Recent News

FAE outreach at Maryland Science Center!

FAE outreach at Maryland Science Center!

Dr. Matthew Ravosa as well as available postdocs and graduate students organized our first-ever outreach event on Saturday, December 9th, 2023 at the Maryland Science Center. Using center collections and posters developed specifically to engage the general public and...

FAE celebrates the holidays!

FAE celebrates the holidays!

The FAE faculty, students, postdocs, and staff celebrated the 2023 holidays together on Thursday, December 14th at Hotel Revival's Topside Restaurant overlooking Mount Vernon and Baltimore city. Thanks to Revival for hosting a great party!

Congrats Dr. Zana Sims!

Please join us in congratulating Zana Sims on her successful dissertation defense on Thursday, December 21st, 2023!  Zana presented her PhD thesis "Cervical Root Morphology and Diet in Extant Catarrhines: Implications for Dietary Reconstruction in Miocene Fossils",...

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Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1830 East Monument Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21287 USA