About Us

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."

-Charles Darwin


The Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy is home to faculty, postdoctoral scholars, administrative support staff, and students with wide-ranging interests in biological structure, function, development and evolution at the level of the organism. 

We are home to a diverse group of internationally recognized investigators with expertise in vertebrate paleontology, evolution and development, behavioral neurobiology, comparative biomechanics, and integrative neuromechanics.

Integrative by nature, diverse in its methods, the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy is committed to educating the next generation of scientists through our graduate program in integrative biology and our active teaching and mentorship in the undergraduate programs in the biological sciences.  Located in a historic building on the University's main campus, we are a fully integrated part of the University of Chicago faculty with collaborations in the Physical Sciences Division, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.