2024 - The Ross Lab is hiring a Staff Scientist
Staff Scientist Position Applications Here! The Ross Lab is hiring a staff scientist to teach anatomy and do research on vertebrate feeding systems. Our current emphasis is on structure and function of the tongue using DiceCT imaging and XROMM. Any questions? email me at rossc@uchicago.edu  

2023 - We are looking for a postdoc to build a computational model of the macaque tongue
Postdoctoral Position is Still Open in the Ross Lab. We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of computational modeling of muscle.  The Ross Lab researches the evolution, biomechanics and neural control of feeding systems, with current emphasis on the hyolingual system. The recruited researcher will be funded by NIH and will work with in vivo electromyographic (EMG) and kinematic data, and 3D morphological data to develop a computational model of the tongue of the nonhuman primate, Macaca mulatta using the Artisynth platform (https://www.artisynth.org/Main/HomePage) or other appropriate modeling software. Researchers with experience with computational biomechanics of muscle, collection and analysis of EMG data and 3D kinematic data are highly encouraged.  Researchers with anatomy teaching experience are also encouraged to apply. The postdoc will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and is expected to collaborate closely with other team members working on tongue morphology, and neural control of tongue movement.  The Ross Lab at The University of Chicago (https://callumross.org/) is a cutting-edge research environment that includes neuroscience, biomechanics, and XROMM. The postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in the myCHOICE career mentoring program and will have regular training and outreach opportunities. Candidates should have successfully defended a PhD in a relevant field of biology, computational biology or biomechanics prior to the start of the position. Motivated candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of research goals to Dr. Callum Ross at rossc@uchicago.edu. Compensation in the Biological Sciences Division follows the NIH NRSA Stipend scale. Additional information on benefits and being a postdoc in the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division can be found at bsdpostdoc.uchicago.edu.

2023 - Alec Wilken co-authors a new paper on prokinesis in the feeding and locomotor systems of parrots
Alec Wilken is on a new paper from Michael Grantosky's Comparative Animal Motion Lab at NYIT. The paper describes how rosy-faced lovebirds use prokinesis during tripedal climbing and mandibular/maxillary adduction, i.e., biting. They report that the maxilla is primarily responsible for generating force during locomotion and the mandible is primarily responsible for generating force during jaw adduction. It suggests that these parrots can alter prokinetic function using modulation of neuromuscular control.

2023 - New paper from Ross-Hatsopoulos Lab Collaboration
Multiple regions of primate orofacial sensorimotor cortex encode bite force and gape. This paper just out from the Ross-Hatsopoulos collaboration funded by R01 "Neuroplasticity and the role of sensorimotor cortex in control of orofacial function”. R01DE023816-01.  

2023 - Ontogenetic changes in bite force and gape in tufted capuchins
Laird MF, Kanno CM, Yoakum, CB, Fogaça, MD, Taylor AB, Ross, CF, Chalk-Wilayto, J, Holmes, MA, Terhune, CE, de Oliveira, JA. (2023) Journal of Experimental Biology jeb.245972. doi: 10.1242/jeb.245972

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