Jason Organ, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Jason Organ is Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where his research examines how the structure of bone and muscle influences how they work. Jason earned his MA in Anthropology from the University of Missouri and his PhD in Functional Anatomy & Evolution from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed research papers on evolutionary and mechanical adaptations of bone and muscle in scientific journals and over 40 peer-reviewed teaching modules in digital human anatomy references. Jason is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the (AAA) and has used this position to advocate for the importance of effective science communication and public outreach. He is also Co-Editor and Writer of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Science Communication Blog. In 2018, Jason received the prestigious AAA Basmajian Award for excellence in teaching gross anatomy and outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research and scholarship in education.
Titles & Appointments
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts
- Director, Clinical Anatomy MS Program
The Organ Lab at IUSM studies the relationship between bone and muscle mechanics at the whole-organ level, and how tissue-level mechanisms influence whole-organ function. We utilize numerous in vivo model systems to understand how disease, exercise, and pharmaceutical intervention influence bone and muscle structure, cellular activity, and biomechanical properties. We study these properties in the context of chronic kidney disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, and normal postnatal ontogeny, using a variety of techniques: imaging (CT, DXA, X-ray), histology (static and dynamic histomorphometry), muscle electrophysiology (in vivo ankle torque, in vitro whole muscle contractility), and bone mechanical testing (bending, compression, reference point indentation). The Organ Lab is funded by the NIH and IUSM/Showalter Research Trust.
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research