Rachel Menegaz, PhD

Rachel Menegaz, PhD
Rachel Menegaz, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical and Applied Sciences
School of Dentistry

Contact Info

Phone  (317) 278-1351
Fax       (317) 278-1411

Office Address

Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 W. Michigan Street, DS 241
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Research Interests

  • Feeding kinematics and in-vivo imaging of TMJ and dental movements
  • Ontogenetic variation in dietary properties and musculoskeletal plasticity
  • Craniofacial morphometrics and functional modularity
  • Microstructural changes in bone and muscle related to mechanical loading
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominin diversification and fallback food consumption



Menegaz RA, Baier DB, Metzger KA, Herring SW, Brainerd EL. 2015. XROMM analysis of tooth occlusion and temporomandibular joint kinematics during feeding in juvenile minipigs. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:2573-2584.

Menegaz RA, Sublett SV, Figueroa SD, Hoffman TJ, Ravosa MJ, Aldridge K. 2010. Evidence for the influence of diet on cranial form and robusticity. Anatomical Record 293A:630-641.

Jašarević E, Ning J, Daniel AN, Menegaz RA, Johnson JJ, Stack MS, Ravosa MJ. 2010. Masticatory loading, function and plasticity: A microanatomical analysis of mammalian circumorbital soft-tissue structures. Anatomical Record 293A:642-650.

Menegaz RA, Kirk EC. 2009. Septa and processes: convergent evolution of the orbit in haplorhine primates and strigiform birds. Journal of Human Evolution 59:672-687.

Menegaz RA, Sublett SV, Figueroa SD, Hoffman TJ, Ravosa MJ. 2009. Phenotypic plasticity and function of the hard palate in growing rabbits. Anatomical Record 292A:277-284.

Ravosa MJ, López EK, Menegaz RA, Stock SR, Stack MS, Hamrick MW. 2008. Using "Mighty Mouse" to understand masticatory plasticity: myostatin-deficient mice and musculoskeletal function. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48(3):345-359.