The recognition highlights Dr. Taneyhill’s outstanding contributions to anatomical sciences
University of Maryland professor in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, Lisa Taneyhill, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for Anatomy, an international membership organization of biomedical researchers and educators specializing in the structural foundation of health and disease.
The designation of Fellow honors distinguished association members who have demonstrated excellence in science and in their overall contributions to the anatomical sciences.
“This society is my professional home, so receiving this recognition is both gratifying and humbling,” Taneyhill said. “AAA is a diverse and inclusive scientific society filled with members who have done and are doing outstanding work. Achieving the rank of Fellow is really a testament to what all of my trainees have helped me accomplish over the years.”
A member of AAA since 2011, Taneyhill has served on the Program Committee, which is responsible for establishing the content of the annual meetings, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors. Taneyhill also chaired a task force responsible for making recommendations surrounding the format, objectives, and evaluation of AAA regional meetings.
A developmental biologist, Taneyhill uses the chicken and mouse embryo to explore the molecular mechanisms that enable certain embryonic cells to develop into the tissues of the face, head, and neck. Specifically, she is working to uncover how two different cell types migrate and adhere to each other to form the cranial ganglia – a cluster of nerve cells responsible for perceiving sensory information like taste, touch and smell.