The Evolving Brain Laboratory (EBL) is an educational and research initiative dedicated to the study of comparative neuroanatomy and the evolutionary origins of the human brain.
Our Work: We use a histological framework in conjunction with phylogenetically informed procedures to investigate the neuroanatomical features underlying the behavioral repertoire of mammalian species.
Our Focus: To date our work has primarily centred around the study of brain asymmetry, exploring scaling relationships at different levels of organization and characterizing the phenotypic changes that accompanied the evolution of large brains.
Our Commitment to the region has also seen us gear some of our work towards the study of indigenous and domestic animals that play a pivotal role in the livelihood of the local community.
New publications on domestication in the Canid and Artiodactyl brain.
Neuro-SMART high school students present their research at the DMU Research Symposium.
Central Campus and EBL awarded a Verizon Foundation Innovative Learning Grant to expand their high school brain research module!
Dolphins have small hippocampi that lack adult neurogenesis
We are located within the Anatomy Department at Des Moines University upon the backdrop of the beautiful and friendly City of Des Moines, Iowa. PI- Muhammad Spocter
25, 26 JULY
The 31st Karger Workshop in Evolutionary Neuroscience will be held at University Center in Chicago IL.
3200 Grand Avenue
Department of Anatomy
Des Moines University
Des Moines, IA 50312
Annual Meeting of the J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience -JBJC
Jun 6, 2019
Dr. Spocter awarded a renewal on his Carnegie-Wits Alumni Fellowship. He will travel to South Africa for the second phase of collaborative work aimed at mapping the brain of the African Painted Dog (Lycaon pictus). Click the link to read more about the project.
October 25, 2018
The Neuro-SMART program
awarded a STEM BEST® award
from the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. This program is now recognized as one of 50 innovative models in Iowa working to unite the workplace with the classroom.
First day of class for the Spring semester of the high school comparative neuroanatomy STEM Class (Neuro-SMART)
April 3, 2018
The Neuro-SMART Program participated as an exhibitor at the Governor's Future Ready Iowa STEM Summit 2018 - link