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About Ali Nabavizadeh

Ali Nabavizadeh, PhD, a comparative anatomist and vertebrate paleontologist, has joined CMSRU as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences. He teaches gross anatomy to first and second year medical students and will facilitate and active learning group.

Dr. Nabavizadeh earned his doctorate degree in Functional Anatomy and Evolution from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2014, where he was trained to teach medical gross anatomy. He was subsequently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago for two years, where he taught medical gross anatomy at the UChicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Nabavizadeh’s research explores the anatomical and functional evolution of craniofacial musculature and feeding systems in large herbivorous dinosaurs, mammals (e.g., elephants and rhinoceroses), and their relatives. In his research, he has implemented qualitative, quantitative, and illustrative muscle reconstruction techniques to analyze various muscle attachments and mechanics. Furthermore, he has experience dissecting a large variety of animals for anatomical research, including African elephant, white rhinoceros, warthog, deer, bears, and others. With these dissections and descriptions, he reconstructs craniofacial musculature and function in related fossilized extinct mammalian species.

Dr. Nabavizadeh has currently published three peer-reviewed papers, including one book chapter, and over 20 conference abstracts. He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Rowan University Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
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