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Assistant Professor

College of Medicine Phx Basic Medical Sciences


  • Post-Doctoral: Stony Brook University School of Medicine, 2009 – 2014
  • PhD: Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009
  • BS: Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2000


  • O'Neill MC, Lee LF, Demes B, Thompson,NE, Larson SG, Stern, Jr. JT, Umberger BR. Three-dimensional kinematics of the pelvis and hind limbs in chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and human bipedal walking. Journal of Human Evolution. (2015).
  • Pontzer H, Raichlen DA, Gordon AD, Schroepfer-Walker KK, Hare B, O’Neill MC, et al. Primate energy expenditure and life history. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2014). 111, 1433-1437.
  • O’Neill MC, Lee LF, Larson SG, Demes B, Stern, Jr., JT, Umberger BR. A three-dimensional musculoskeletal model of the chimpanzee pelvis and hind limb. Journal of Experimental Biology. (2013). 216, 3709-3723.
  • Holowka NB, O’Neill MC. Three-dimensional moment arms and architecture of chimpanzee leg musculature. Journal of Anatomy. (2013). 223, 610-628.
  • O’Neill MC, Schmitt D. The gaits of primates: Center of mass mechanics in walking, cantering and galloping ringtailed lemurs Lemur catta. Journal of Experimental Biology (2012). 215(10): 1728-1739.

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Research Interests

Evolution of vertebrate morphology; platform development, medical devices and procedures