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The Division of Human Anatomy, a unit within the Department of Radiology, jointly serves the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our division includes faculty members engaged in multidisciplinary biomedical science teaching for pre-professional students, medical students, and medical residents throughout Michigan. Faculty have advanced degrees in a wide range of fields including allopathic medicine, anatomy, biophysics, engineering, neuroscience, occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine, pathology, physical anthropology, physiology, psychology, and veterinary medicine.

Our Mission

The primary mission of the Division of Human Anatomy is teaching and curriculum development in both health professional courses and pre-health professional courses. These include a medical gross anatomy lecture and laboratory course, a pre-professional human gross anatomy lecture course, and a directed-study prosection laboratory course. Faculty also teach several neuroscience graduate courses, the laboratory portion of medical neuroscience as well as medical embryology. The medical histology laboratory experience of a novel two semester sequence which integrates medical physiology, biochemistry, and cell biology is another part of our core mission. Additionally, several of our faculty members have earned college-wide and university-wide recognition in teaching excellence.

Brain Biodiversity Bank

The division's Brain Biodiversity Bank website offers, among other features, online atlases of stained sections of brains of humans and sheep that are used worldwide as class materials in human medicine, veterinary medicine, and biomedical sciences. The human atlas includes corresponding MRI images in three dimensions and is currently rated by Google as the most used Human Brain Atlas on the Internet.

Recent Achievements

Dr. Patricia Brewer recently obtained a grant “A Longitudinal Comparison of Emotional Intelligence Between Two Cohorts of Medical Students in the Same Medical School with Uniquely Different Curricula” was funded by the Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She works in the Deparment of Anatomy and on both East Lansing and Grand Rapids campuses. Her faculty appointment is joint with the CHM Dean's office.

Melanie McCollum, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Human Anatomy

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The MSU Division of Human Anatomy offices are proud to be:

MSU Anatomy Certified Spartan Green

Contact Information:

Anatomy Offices
East Fee Hall
965 Fee Rd., A519
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517.353.6380
Fax: 517.432.2443

Willed Body Program:
Jacque Liles
Central Fee Hall
939 Fee Rd., E206
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517.353.5398
Fax: 517.884.9540