Vikram Baliga

Postdoctoral Fellow


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 Classification

Evolution and Phylogenesis
Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms
Organisation and Biological Functions
Biodiversity and Biocomplexity

Research Interests

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

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.



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