Anatomy & Physiology
Now that sequencing whole genomes is possible, the next big problem is to understand what those genes do. This is the realm of anatomy (study of the structure of tissues, organs, and organ systems) and the closely related field of physiology (study of how those structures work). Researchers in the department study adaptations to subzero temperatures, circadian control of metabolism, neuroendocrinology, evolution and pathobiology of the mammalian skull, and reproductive biology. Many of our physiologists bridge the molecular and the organismal.