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Elizabeth Rega, PhD


Associate Professor of Anatomy, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Development/Academic Affairs

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: erega@westernu.edu

Phone: 469-5460 | Join year: July, 2000

Education


1995 Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1989 M. A., Biological Anthropology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1987 B. A., summa cum laude with Distinction, Biology/German (double major), Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

 

Courses

Gross Anatomy, Musculoskeletal (co-coordinator)

Head and Neck Anatomy
 

Research Interest

Paleopathology, Paleohistology, Dimetrodon sp., Tyrannosaurus rex.

Awards

Northup Educator of the Year, Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Committees

Strategic Planning Taskforce

Infrastructure Task Force

Community Partnership

-Health Career Ladders: Programs that promote Health Education

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Publication

Selected Publications

2012 - Rega, E., Noriega K., Sumida, S., Huttenlocker, A., Lee, A., Kennedy, B.  Healed Fractures in the Neural Spines of an Associated Skeleton of Dimetrodon: Implications for Dorsal Sail Morphology and Function. Fieldiana Life and Earth Sciences, The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. 2012. Vol. 5 Ch. 9  pg.(s) 104–111

2012 - Huttenlocker, A. K. and E. Rega. The paleobiology and bone microstructure of pelycosaurian-grade synapsids. Pp. 90-119 in A. Chinsamy-Turan (ed.) The Forerunners of Mammals: Radiation, Histology and Biology. Indiana University Press.

2012 - Rega, E. “Disease in Dinosaurs.” In Brett-Surman, M.K., Holtz, T.R., and Farlow, J.O., eds. The Complete Dinosaur, 2nd ed. Indiana University Press. pp 666-711. Free Preview of Chapter Here!!!

2010 - Huttenlocker, A. K., Rega, E., & Sumida, S. S. Comparative Anatomy and Osteohistology of Hyperelongate Neural Spines in the Sphenacodontids Sphenacodon and Dimetrodon (Amniota: Synapsida). J Morphol, 271(12), 1407-1421. doi: Doi 10.1002/Jmor.108762010

2008 - Rega, E. What Are Appropriate Extant Model Organisms for Dinosaur Disease? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28(3), 130a-130a.

2007 - Rega, E. “Dinosaur Paleopathology”. In Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., 2007, Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 323-323. 423 pages. (Juvenile nonfiction) preview here

2007 - Rega, E., Holmes, R., Tirabasso, A. “Habitual Locomotor Behavior Inferred from Manual Pathology in Two Late Cretaceous Chasmosaurine Ceratopsid Dinosaurs, Chasmosaurus irvinensis (CMN 41357) and Chasmosaurus belli (ROM 843)” in Ryan, Chinnery, Eberth, Rairick, eds. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium (Life of the Past). Ch. 24. Manual Pathology PDF link

2007 - Huttenlocker, A., Rega, E., & Sumida, S. New histological investigations of hyperelongate neural spines in eupelycosaurs (Amniota : Synapsida) and the affinities of Lupeosaurus kayi. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27(3), 93a-

2007 - Madalena, K., Sumida, S., Zeigler, K., & Rega, E. A new record of the Early Permian pelycosurian-grade synapsid Dimetrodon (Eupelycosauria : Sphenacodontidae) from the lower cutler group (Early Permian) of Jemez Pueblo, north-central New Mexico. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27(3), 110a-110a.

Published Abstracts

2006 - Rega, E.A. & R. Holmes "Manual pathology indicative of locomotor behavior in two chasmosaurine ceratopid dinosaurs" . Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26 (3, Suppl.), p. 114A.

2006 - Rega, E.A. S.S. Sumida, K. Noriega, A. Lee. Histological analysis of traumatic injury to multiple neural spines of an associated skeleton of Dimetrodon: Implications for healing response, dorsal sail morphology and age-at-death in a Lower Permian synapsid". Integrative And Comparative Biology

2005 - Rega, E.A. S.S. Sumida, K. Noriega, C. Pell, A. Lee Evidence-based paleopathology I: ontogenetic and functional implications of dorsal sails in Dimetrodon. ". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25 (3, Suppl.), p. 103A.

2005 - S.S. Sumida, E. A. Rega, K. Noriega Evidence-based paleopathology II: Impact on phylogenetic analysis of the genus Dimetrodon. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25 (3, Suppl.), p. 120A.

2004 - Rega, E.A. Noriega, K. Sumida, S. & Lee, A."Histological analysis of traumatic injury to multiple neural spines of an associated skeleton of Dimetrodon: Implications for healing response, dorsal sail morphology and age-at-death in a Lower Permian synapsid; Integrative And Comparative Biology, vol 44(6) P. 628.

2003 - Rega, E. A., Hanna, R. R., and Wolff, E. D. S. "A new tool for paleopathological analysis; development of a description-based classification system for pathological bones". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 23 (3, Suppl.), p. 89.

2002 - Noriega, K. C., Rega, E. A., and Sumida, S. S. "Indirect evidence of sail presence from healed spinous process fractures in several Dimetrodon specimens". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 22 (3, Suppl.), p. 92.

2002 - E.A. Rega and C. Brochu "Palaeopathology in a mature specimen of tyrannosaurus rex" First International Palaeontological Congress Abstracts No. 68. Ed. G. Brock & J. Talent. Geological Society of North America.

2002 - Rega, E. A., Wideman, N. K., and Brochu, C. A. "Paleopathology of amniote specimens from the late Paleozoic and Mesozoic of North America; comparison of gross morphological and historical analyses." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 22 (3, Suppl.), p. 98.

2001 - *K. Noriega and E. Rega. "Heretofore undocumented variation of an intrinsic hand muscle in a juvenile baboon". American Zoologist (abstract). vol 41(6) pp.

2001 - Rega, E.A. and C. A. Brochu "Paleopathology of a mature Tyrannosaurus rex" Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Volume 21, Supplement to No. 3, 22 August 2001, p. 92A (abstract).

2001 - Rega, E. A., and Noriega, K. "Indirect evidence of sail presence from a healed spinous process fracture in Dimetrodon". PaleoBios, 21 (2, Suppl.), p. 108.

2001 - Rega, E.A. and C. Brochu "Evidence of thoracic breathing in Tyrannosaurus rex, based upon recent anatomical and pathological evidence from "Sue." Journal of Morphology (abstract).

1999 - *Rega, E. A., J. Michaelson and L. TenEyck.. "Analysis of commingled skeletal remains from a pre-contact cave site in the Jackson's Bay Cave series, Jamaica ." American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 26. (abstract)

1999 - *Gebhardt, G., L. Teneyck and E.A. Rega, "A Java program for the calculation of minimum number of individuals from commingled and fragmented skeletal samples". American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 26. (abstract)

2000 - Rega, E.A. "The "dynamic digital human" in research, entertainment and education" .American Zoologist Vol 40(6)p. 1185.

1998 - *Tometich, J., J. Bernstein, and E. A. Rega. "Articulation of a saber tooth cat in leaping position with completely hidden hardware". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Vol. 18, No. 3, p. 82A. (abstract)

1998 - *Rega, E.A. "Anatomy in Animation: Sexual Dimorphism in the creation of realistic animatied human characters" American Zoologist 38 (5): 81.

1997 - *Rega, E. A. and G. Parker "Primate 1st Metacarpal Morphological Variability: Implications for Fossil Hominids", Journal of Morphology 232 (abstract).

1997 - *Albright, G.M. and E. A. Rega. "A survey of the late Palaeozoic fish fauna of Utah ", Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, volume 17, supplement to No. 3, p. 28A. (abstract).

* Indicates publication with student.


To view some of Dr. Rega's work, click on the links below: 
•"Histological analysis of traumatic injury to multiple neural spines of an associated skeleton of Dimetrodon: Implications for healing response, dorsal sail morphology and age-at-death in a Lower Permian synapsid". (2.8MB pdf file)


•"Manual pathology indicative of locomotor behavior in two chasmosaurine ceratopid dinosaurs" (3MB pdf file)