Center Leadership

Interim Chair

Corinne Sandone, MA, CMI, FAMI

Ms. Sandone currently serves as Interim Director of the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution and is the Director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in the School of Medicine. An internationally recognized medical illustrator and educator, Ms. Sandone has demonstrated leadership and excellence in program development in her 30 years at Johns Hopkins. Ms. Sandone earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following graduate training, she began her career by illustrating a series of full color surgical atlases, and has produced a prodigious body of surgical illustration over the past three decades. Her work has won numerous awards and has been represented in over 175 articles, manuscripts, books and in electronic media. She has also mentored more than 30 students and faculty members. Ms. Sandone has distinguished herself as a leader in the Association of Medical Illustrators, as Board member, President, and Fellow. She continues to build on FAE’s track record of excellence and leverage its expertise across Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is a creative and enthusiastic advocate for the faculty, staff and students of the Center.

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

Adam Sylvester, PhD

Research focus:

  • Early hominin, human and primate locomotion
  • Functional anatomy of the postcranial skeleton
  • Statistical analysis of biological shape
  • Bone structure and microstructure

E-mail: asylves4@jhmi.edu

Sylvester, A.D. and Terhune, C.E. (2017). Trabecular mapping: Leveraging geometric morphometrics for analyses of trabecular structure. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 163:553-569. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23231

Auerbach, B.M., Gooding, A.F., Shaw, C.N., and Sylvester, A.D. (2017). The relative position of the human fibula to the tibia influences cross‐sectional properties of the tibia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 163:148-157. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23196

Sylvester AD. (2013). A geometric morphometric analysis of the hominid medial tibial condyle. The Anatomical Record 296:1518-1525. DOI: 10.1002/ar.22762

Full Time Faculty

Associate Professor

Gabriel Bever, PhD

Research focus:

  • Evolution of variability
  • Evolution / development of vertebrate skeleton
  • Origin of the major tetrapod crown clades
  • Fossils and molecules in evolutionary theory

E-mail: gbever1@jhmi.edu

Lyson, T.R., T.M. Scheyer, B.Rubidge, K. de Queiroz, E.R. Schachner, R. Smith, J. Botha-Brink, and G.S. Bever. (2016) Fossorial origin of the turtle shell. Current Biology 26: 1887–1894. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.020

Bhullar, B.-A.S., Hanson, M., Fabbri, M., Pritchard, A., Bever, G.S., Hoffman, E. (2016) How to make a bird skull: major transitions in the evolution of the avian cranium. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56: 389-403. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icw069

Bever, G.S., T.R. Lyson, D.J. Field, B.-A.S. Bhullar. (2016). The amniote temporal roof and the diapsid origin of the turtle skull. Zoology.DOI:10.1016/j.zool.2016.04.005

Assistant Professor

Siobhán Cooke, PhD

Research Focus:

  • Dental functional morphology
  • Masticatory biomechanics
  • Platyrrhine evolution
  • Caribbean extinction
  • Three dimensional geometric morphometrics
  • Caribbean and Neotropical mammalian evolution and biogeography

E-mail: scooke5@jhmi.edu

Halenar, L.B., Cooke, S.B., Rosenberger, A.L., and Rímoli, R. (2017) New cranium of the endemic Caribbean platyrrhine, Antillothrix bernensis, from La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic. Journal of Human Evolution 106: 133-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.02.002

Tallman, M. and Cooke, S.B. (2016) New endemic platyrrhine humerus from Haiti and the evolution of the Greater Antillean platyrrhines. Journal of Human Evolution 91: 144-166. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.10.010

Cooke, S.B., Terhune, C.E. (2015) Form, function, and geometric morphometrics. The Anatomical Record 298: 5-28. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23065

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth M. St Clair, PhD

Research focus:

  • Dental morphology and function
  • Eocene mammals
  • Primate evolution
  • CT imaging for paleontology and comparative anatomy

E-mail: Elizabeth.StClair@jhmi.edu

St Clair, E.M., and Boyer, D. M. (2016) Lower molar shape and size in prosimian and platyrrhine primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 161:237-258. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23021

Perry JMG, St Clair EM, Hartstone-Rose A. (2015) Craniomandibular signals of diet in adapids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22811

Winchester JM, Boyer DM, St Clair EM, Gosselin-Ildari AD, Cooke SB, Ledogar JA (2014). Dental topography of platyrrhines and prosimians: convergence and contrasts. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153: 29–44. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22398

Emeritus Faculty

Professor Emeritus

Ken Rose, PhD

Research focus:

  • Early Tertiary mammalian functional anatomy
  • Patterns of evolution in mammalian functional anatomy
  • Faunal succession and diversity
  • The Eocene of Wyoming

E-mail: kdrose@jhmi.edu

Ruf, I., V. Volpato, K.D. Rose, G. Billet, C. de Muizon, and T. Lehmann. (2016) Digital reconstruction of the inner ear of Leptictidium auderiense (Leptictida, Mammalia) reveals new insight into leptictidan locomotion. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 90(1): 153-171. DOI: (View from website)

Dunn, R.H., K.D. Rose, R.S. Rana, K. Kumar, A. Sahni, T. Smith. (2016) New euprimate postcrania from the early Eocene of Gujarat, India, and the strepsirrhine-haplorhine divergence. J. Human Evol. 99: 25-51. DOI: (view from website)

Professor Emeritus

Chris Ruff, PhD

Research focus:

  • Biomechanics and primate locomotion
  • Evolution of the hominoid postcranium
  • Skeletal growth and development
  • Skeletal remodeling, behavioral reconstruction

E-mail: cbruff@jhmi.edu

Ruff, C.B., Burgess, M.L., Squyres, N., Junno, J.-A., Trinkaus, E. (2018) Lower limb articular scaling and body mass estimation in Pliocene and Pleistocene hominins. Journal of Human Evolution, 115: 85-111. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.10.014

Ruff, C.B., Burgess, M.L., Junno, J.-A., Mudakikwa, A., Zollikofer, P.E., Ponce de Leon, M.S., McFarlin, S.C. (2018) Phylogenetic and environmental effects on limb bone structure in gorillas.American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 166: 353-372. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23437

Ruff, C.B.(2018) Biomechanical analyses of archaeological human skeletons. In: Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, 3rd ed. Katzenberg, M.A. and Grauer, A.L., eds. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 189-224.

Professor Emeritus

David Weishampel, PhD

Research focus:

  • Dinosaur paleobiology
  • Late Cretaceous island biogeography
  • Coevolution of vertebrates and plants
  • History of paleontology and evolutionary biology

E-mail: dweisham@jhmi.edu

Osi, A., Prondvai, E., Butler, R., and Weishampel, D. B. 2012. Phylogeny, histology and inferred body size evolution in a new rhabdodontid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Hungary. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44318. (view from PLoS ONE page).

Weishampel, D. B. and Jianu, C. M. 2013. Franz Baron Nopcsa: a man out of time. Foreword to Weishampel & Kerscher. Historical Biology 25(4): 391-544. (view from Taylor & Francis).

Weishampel, D. B. and Reif, W. E. 2013. An untimely nexus of German biomechanics, ornithology, and evolutionary biology: Dominik von Kripp and his functional morphology studies. Historical Biology 25(2): 261-281. (view from Taylor and Francis).

Joint & Adjunct Faculty

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Amy Balanoff, PhD

Resident Research Associate
American Museum of Natural History

Research focus:

Descriptive morphology, phylogenetic methods
Innovative imaging techniques
Evolutionary relationships of maniraptoran dinosaurs
Evolution of the vertebrate central nervous system and parallel encephalization of mammals and birds.

E-mail: abalano2@jhmi.edu

Adjunct Professor

Valerie B. DeLeon, PhD

Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida

Research focus:

Functional and evolutionary morphology
Craniofacial growth, cleft lip & palate, sexual dimorphism
Normal and pathophysiology of feeding in infants
Coordination of respiration and swallowing in mammals
Impact of stroke and Parkinson’s disease on oral function

E-mail: vdeleon@jhmi.edu

Adjunct Professor

Rebecca Z. German, PhD

Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, Northeast Ohio Medical University; secondary appointment as adjunct professor for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Research focus:

Craniofacial development
Morphological integration
Fluctuating asymmetry as indication of developmental stability
Morphometric methods and software
Brain dysmorphology in autism and related disorders

E-mail: rgerman@neomed.edu


Donna Magid, MD

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery; secondary appointment in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Research focus:

Radiology of the pelvis, acetabulum, lower extremity
Skeletal trauma, diabetic foot
Teaching/mentoring medical students and residents
Veterinary radiology

E-mail: dmagid@jhmi.edu