Wayne Vogl January 9, 2023 36:54

We’re More Closely Related to Whales Than You Think

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For our first episode of 2023, Professor Emeritus Wayne Vogl joins us to discuss the similarities and differences between whale and human anatomy of the head and neck, as well as how the study of comparative anatomy enables us to better understand the evolutionary history of vertebrate anatomy. Dr. Vogl is co-author of several of the well-known Gray’s Anatomy textbooks and spent many years as director of the UBC Gross Anatomy program.
Wayne Vogl

Wayne Vogl obtained his PhD in Zoology at UBC in 1979 and was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School from 1979-1981. He was appointed Assistant Professor at UBC in 1981, and rose through the ranks to become Professor in 1992. He is a member of the American Association for Anatomy, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Society for the Study of Reproduction. He was appointed Fellow of the American Association for Anatomy in 2009. His major research field is the cell biology of the seminiferous epithelium of the testis. He and his students explore the interrelationship between the cytoskeleton and intercellular junctions in the testis, and the role of this relationship in generating major morphogenic events such as sperm release and the translocation of spermatogenic cells through the blood-testis barrier. His work relates to the clinical fields of male fertility and fertility control. He has authored over 150 research articles in per-reviewed journals.

He has lectured in Gross Anatomy since his appointment at UBC, and directed the Gross Anatomy program at UBC from 1992 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2008. He received the Teaching Excellence Award seven times from the UBC Medical Undergraduate Society, the Basmajian/Williams and Wilkins Award from the American Association for Anatomy in 1988, the University Teaching Prize from the University of British Columbia in 1992, the Killam Teaching Prize in 2006, the J.C.B. Grant Senior Scientist Award from the Canadian Association for Anatomy, Neuroanatomy and Cell Biology in 2006, and the Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award from the American Association for Anatomy in 2022. He is a co-author of Gray’s Anatomy for Students, Gray’s Atlas of Anatomy, Dorland’s Gray’s Pocket Atlas of Anatomy, and Gray’s Anatomy for Student’s Flash Cards.


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