Vikram Baliga

Project Description

My current research in the Altshuler Lab addresses gaps in our understanding of how the nervous and muscular systems can actuate and control complex motor behaviors. The avian wing contains ~19 intrinsic muscles and ~11 skeletal elements that are controlled to actively change wing shape, an ability termed “wing morphing”. Previous research on avian wing morphing has produced only limited understanding of how birds reshape their wings, focusing more on basic kinematic and aerodynamic descriptions. By integrating studies of comparative biomechanics, musculoskeletal anatomy, and neuromuscular physiology, I aim to determine how the forelimbs of birds have evolved the capacity to orchestrate dynamic shape change.

Research Interests

Vertebrate morphology and evolution
Ontogeny and allometry
Phylogenetic comparative methods
Organismal performance
Musculoskeletal physiology


Faculty of Science

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