Evolution of the primate brain
PI: Kari Allen, PhD
The Allen Lab explores the evolution of brain size and skull shape in primates using medical imaging, phylogenetic comparative statistics, and three-dimensional morphometric methods. The purpose of this research is to determine the timing and order of acquisition of traits in brain and body size evolution and to use this information to evaluate various hypotheses concerning ecological pressures selecting for large brains and changes in brain proportions in humans and their closest relatives.
The Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine is currently recruiting investigators with the passion to create knowledge, pursue bold visions, and challenge canonical thinking as we expand into our new 600,000 sq ft purpose-built neurosciences research building. We are now seeking tenure-track investigators at the level of Assistant Professor to develop innovative research programs in Theoretical/Computational Neuroscience.
Spinal and brainstem circuits for movement
Posture is intimately dependent on signals from the inner ear, but we understand very little about how that information is mapped onto motor outputs. The Bagnall Lab studies how sensory information about orientation and movement drives appropriate body movements to adjust posture.
Primate neuroanatomical & molecular variation
The Bauernfeind Lab is interested in how the biology of the brain underlies a species' particular cognitive specializations and behavioral repertoire. The lab's research program investigates neuroanatomical and molecular variation in primates to address questions of evolutionary significance, particularly with regard to the unique cognitive abilities of humans.