Rebecca Fisher

Biography

Rebecca Fisher is an asociate professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. She is a founding faculty member of the COM-Phoenix and designed the anatomy curriculum and the gross anatomy laboratory. She is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

 

Education

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution.  
  • Ph.D. Yale University
  • M.Phil. Yale University
  • B.A. (with honors and distinction), Stanford University

 

Research Interests

Dr. Fisher studies the functional anatomy and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates and cephalopods.

Research Group

Genomics, Evolution and Bioinformatics

https://sols.asu.edu/about/genomics-evolution-bioinformatics

 

Publications

Ercoli MD, Alvarez A, Busker F, Morales MM, Julik E, Smith HF, Adrian B, Barton M, Bhagavatula K, Poole M, Shahsavan M, Wechsler R, Fisher RE; Myology of the head, neck and thoracic region of the lesser grison (Galictis cuja) in comparison with the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) and other carnivorans: phylogenetic and functional implications. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 2017; 24(3): 289-322.

Liu M, Zack SP, Lucas L, Allen D, Fisher RE. 2016. Hind limb myology of the ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) and the myology of hind foot reversal. Journal of Mammalogy 2016; 97(1): 211-233.

Hutchins ED, Markov GJ , Eckalbar WL, George RM, King JM, Geiger LA, Tokuyama MA, Emmert  N, Ammar MJ, Allen AN, Siniard AL, Corneveaux JJ, Fisher RE, Wade J, DeNardo DF, Alan Rawls JA, Huentelman MJ, Wilson-Rawls J, Kusumi K; Transcriptome analysis of lizard tail regeneration in the lizard Anolis carolinensis reveals activation of conserved vertebrate developmental and repair mechanisms.  PLOS ONE 2014; 9(8): e105004. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105004.

Diogo R, Pastor F, De Paz F, Potau JM, Bello-Hellegouarch G, Ferrero EM, Fisher RE; The head and neck muscles of the serval and tiger: homologies, evolution, and proposal of a mammalian and a veterinary muscle ontology; The Anatomical Record; 2012; 295(12): 2157–2178.

Julik E, Zack SP, Adrian B, Maredia S, Parsa A, Poole M, Starbuck A, Fisher RE; Functional anatomy of the forelimb muscles of the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis); Journal of Mammalian Evolution; 2012; 19(4):277-304.

Fisher RE, Geiger L, Stroik LK, Hutchins ED, George RM, DeNardo DF, Kusumi K, Rawls JA, Wilson-Rawls J; A histological comparison of the original and regenerated tail in the green anole, Anolis carolinensis; The Anatomical Record; 2012; 295(10):1609-1619.

Ritzman TB, Stroik LK, Julik E, Hutchins ED, Lasku E, DeNardo DF, Wilson-Rawls J, Rawls JA, Kusumi K, Fisher RE; The gross anatomy of the original and regenerated tail in the green anole (Anolis carolinensis); The Anatomical Record; 2012; 295(10):1596-1608.

Kusumi K, Fisher RE; Studying mechanisms of regeneration in amphibian and reptilian vertebrate models; The Anatomical Record; 2012; 295(10):1529–1531.

Eckalbar WL, Fisher RE, Rawls A, Kusumi K; Scoliosis and segmentation defects of the vertebrae; Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews; 2012; 1:401-423; doi: 10.1002/wdev.34.

Fisher RE, Smith HF, Kusumi K, Tassone E, Rawls A, Wilson-Rawls J; Mutations in the Notch pathway alter the patterning of multifidus; The Anatomical Record; 2012; 295(1):32-39.

Fisher RE; Red panda anatomy; pp 89-100; In Red Panda: Biology and Conservation of the First Panda; Elsevier Inc. Academic Press; San Diego, CA; 2011; Glatston A, ed., 1st edition.

Fisher RE, Smith HF, Goldstein B; Spinal anatomy and biomechanics; pp 31-43; In Spinal Cord Medicine; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Philadelphia, PA; 2011; Kirshblum S, Campagnolo D, eds.; 2nd edition.

Boisserie J-R, Fisher RE, Lihoreau F, Weston E; Evolving between land and water: key questions on the emergence and history of the Hippopotamidae (Hippopotamoidea, Cetancodonta, Cetartiodactyla); Biological Reviews; 2011; 86(3):601-625. 

Fisher RE, Scott K, Adrian B; Hindlimb myology of the common hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius (Artiodactyla: Hippopotamidae); Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society; 2010; 158(3):661-82. 

Boisserie J-R, Lihoreau F, Orliac M, Fisher RE, Weston EM, Ducrocq S; Morphology and phylogenetic relationships of the earliest known hippopotamids (Cetartiodactyla, Hippopotamidae, Kenyapotaminae); Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society; 2010; 158(2):325-66.

Rawls A, Fisher RE; Development and functional anatomy of the spine; pp 21-46; In The Genetics and Development of Scoliosis; Springer; New York, NY; 2010; Kusumi K, Dunwoodie SL, eds.; 1st edition.

Fisher RE, Adrian B, Barton M, Holmgren J, Tang SY; The phylogeny of the red panda (Ailurus fulgens): evidence from the forelimb; Journal of Anatomy; 2009; 215(6):611-35.

Smith HF, Fisher RE, Everett ML, Thomas AD, Bollinger RR, Parker W; Comparative anatomy and phylogenetic distribution of the mammalian cecal appendix; Journal of Evolutionary Biology; 2009; 22(10):1984-99.

Fisher RE, Adrian B, Elrod C, Hicks M; The phylogeny of the red panda (Ailurus fulgens): evidence from the hindlimb; Journal of Anatomy; 2008; 213(5):607-28.

Fisher RE, Scott K, Naples VL; Fore limb myology of the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis); The Anatomical Record; 2007; 290(6):673-93; Special Issue: Anatomical Adaptations of Aquatic Mammals.

Fisher RE; The primate appendix: a reassessment; The Anatomical Record Part B: The New Anatomist; 2000; 261(6):228-36.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research