In 2015 4-VA awarded Dr. David McLeod and Dr. Guohua Cao a grant called Using μCT to Study Amphibian Morphology and Systematics. The collaboration brought together expertise from the fields of amphibian morphology and systematics (Dr. McLeod) and high-resolution x-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging technology (Dr. Cao). The use of 3D imaging in the study of amphibian morphology and systematics represents an emerging field of research that is revealing novel insights into the structure, function, and evolution of these organisms. From a global perspective, this research is important because amphibians are model organisms in a variety of studies, are considered sensitive indicators of environmental change, and are key players in ecosystems around the world. The grant positioned both JMU and VT to apply for federal NSF and/or NIH funding as well as future 4-VA scale-up funding to continue and expand the project.
Dr. David S. McLeod Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Guohua Cao Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
2015 – JMU and VT were awarded $10,000 for Using μCT to Study Amphibian Morphology and Systematics.
Benefits To The Commonwealth
Advanced research competitiveness
Provided opportunities for Virginia students to gain research skills and experience with advanced 3D imaging technologies