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Thomas Stewart

Assistant Professor of Biology (September 2022)
T. Stewart
Biography

**Tom will be arriving at Penn State in September 2022**

Education

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, USA, 2015

B.S. Syracuse University, USA, 2009

 

Postdoctoral training

Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago, USA 2017-2021

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, USA, 2015-2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, USA, 2015-2017

 

Research interests

I employ evolutionary and developmental approaches to ask: how does morphological novelty evolve, and what are the causes of major evolutionary transitions?

This work focuses on vertebrate appendages—fins and limbs—which are powerful models for testing hypotheses of developmental evolution and the relationship between form and function. By integrating paleontological data with experimental embryological and developmental genetic data, my aim is to discover how new body parts evolve and the biological basis of homology.