One unique benefit of the MSMHA program is that you have the ability to mingle and work in many interprofessional settings. Everyone I encountered was willing to go out of their way to help students and create opportunities that fit your interests. I will personally pay off your student loans if you can find a program with faculty that are more enthusiastic and dedicated to student success than the MHA team!

Lindsey Milgrom | MHA Class of 2020
Pathology Assistant Student | Louisiana State University New Orleans

Lindsey Demonstrates Plastinated Brain


The capstone project is a scholarly and/or research-based pursuit of knowledge and content development in the area of anatomical sciences, modern imaging and modeling technologies, and educational science completed as part of the MS in Modern Human Anatomy. ‚Äč

To ensure that our students are free to pursue the many opportunities offered by the Anschutz Medical Campus and surrounding scientific community, we define a capstone project less by what it is than by what it should include. As such, a capstone project should include:

  • Result in a tangible product or deliverable which enhances or adds to existing content being studied.
  • Reflect a significant level of scholarship and creativity, and provide a scholarly contribution.
  • Entail new learning for the student and demonstrate that the student has gained a new level of expertise.
  • Involve in the characterization of a structure (or structures) ranging in scale anywhere from a molecular to organismal or gross levels of organization.
  • Include at least one (and preferably more) of the following: 2D Images, 3D images, animations, or 3D models.

Capstone & Project Highlights

Past Capstone Projects

StudentCapstone MentorCapstone Project Title
Jane BrusilovskyPeter Pressman, MDConversational Floor Exchanges in Neurodegenerative Disorders
Jamie ErneweinCaley Orr, PhDBullseye! Preliminary Results on the Kinematics of the Dart Thrower Motion in Non-Human Primates
Monica FongDavid James, DPTGlenohumeral Ligaments Explained: The Use of a 3D Printed Model to Understand the Movement of the Glenohumeral Joint
Denisa GrofovaCecilia Caino, PhDPhosphorylation of T214 SNPH Does Not Alter Mitochondrial Subcellular Distribution in Cancer Cells
Katherine GustiloChelsea Lohman, PhD&A Novel En Bloc Circulatory System Dissection: A Teaching Tool for Systems-Based Medical School Curricula
Jessica HoffmanAllison Shapiro, PhDIn-Utero Maternal Depression Exposure and the Offspring Amygdala
Ivy MacaraegFrancis Smith, PhDThe Creation of a 3D Digital Database to Showcase the Individual Variation in Treacher Collins Syndrome
Linda NeelyDavid Howell, PhDPost-concussion exercise frequency is associated with a decreased risk of developing persistent post-concussion symptoms
Robyn PierceMatthew Riscinti, MDThe Creation of a Cost-Effective, Reusable, and Accurate Ultrasound Phantom of the Interscalene Space and Brachial Plexus
Benjamin RajicAllison Shapiro, PhDBrain-Body Connection: Synchronization of Endogenous Insulin and Hypothalamic Neuronal Activity During Hyperglycemia
Logan ScottJuliana Wilson, DOTele-Ultrasound: Virtual Hands-on Medical Education for Novice Users Utilizing FAST & Carpal Tunnel Models, Pilot Study
Kristoffer SeidlKatherine Rennie, PhDA Method for Counting Ribbon Synapses in Aging Vestibular Epithelia
Amanda TelferJenny Zablah, MDAn Evaluation of 3D Printed Cardiac Models and Their Role in Patient, Caretaker, and Staff Education: One Print, Multiple Uses
Jeannie ThanJenny Zablah, MDStep Into Another World: Virtual Reality Applications in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for Patients with Congenital Heart Disease
Kyetiil VicentiAbraham Nussbaum, MDSick and Tired of Learning Psychiatry the Old Way? Try Hippocampus Game
Ryan WendellCory Christensen, PT, PhDThe Role of Pain in Gait Deviations Caused by Unilateral Hip Osteoarthritis


StudentCapstone MentorCapstone Presentation Title
Hailey AngusLisa Lee, PhDWhat the head and neck? A study of integrated gross anatomy with embryology and its effect on learning and retention (watch presentation)
Eliza BiondiJennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhDCan you stand it? A comparison of vertical ground reaction force in patients with osteoarthritis (watch presentation)
Jessica BryantErnesto Salcedo, PhDAnimating and 3D Printing the Cranial Nerves (watch presentation)
Caleb FiebigJohn Thompson, PhDWe’re on the right tract: Diffusion tensor imaging assessment of epileptogenic zone using depth electrode locations to investigate white matter networks (watch presentation)
Marisa FloresJuliana Wilson, DOThat costs How Much: 3D printing a female pelvic ultrasound phantom (watch presentation)
Cassandra GonzalezJill Kaar, PhDLong-term Cardiometabolic Risk Among Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Childhood Cancer Survivors Treated by Bone Marrow Transplant (watch presentation)
Marissa HightLisa Lee, PhDChange of Heart: Virtual Embryonic 3D Heart Model with Interchangeable Conotruncal Septa Promotes Clinically Oriented Learning (watch presentation)
Andrew HullLisa Lee, PhDEmbryorigami: The Educational Value of 4D Virtual Embryo Models on Student Learning and Confidence (watch presentation)
Rawan JarrarIsabelle Buard, PhDNeural correlates behind selective attention and visual conflict monitoring using a Stroop task (watch presentation)
Canaan KerrEmily DeBoer, MDIntegrating Endoscopy: Visual Scoring and Lung Fluid Cellularity Associated with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (watch presentation)
Jensine LamiraThomas Greany, DDSInferior Alveolar Nerve Block Using A Mixed-Reality Haptic Trainer (watch presentation)
Alexis MacDonaldJenny Zablah, MDEvaluation of 3D Printed Models on Cardiac Catheterization Staff Education of Single Ventricle Palliation (watch presentation)
Deion PeñaMichael DiMaria, MDHeart Grew Three Sizes: Improving the Health Literacy of Patients Utilizing 3D Heart Model of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (view presentation)
Conner SecoraNatalia Vergara, PhDTraumatic Brain Injury Exacerbates Alzheimer’s Disease in the Retina (watch presentation)
Peter TherriatDaniel Goldberg, JD, PhDAnatomy Educators’ Ethical Views on the Re-creation of Human Tissue via 3D Printing Technology (watch presentation)
Kimberly ThiesJohn Thompson, PhDTargeting Effects of rZI vs. STN in Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease (watch presentation)
Lauren WahlCaley Orr, PhDEvaluation of 3D Digital Models in Head and Neck Anatomy (watch presentation)
Zachary ZylstraThomas Greany, DDSAssessment of Cone Beam CT Accuracy for Creating Digital Scale Models: an Essential Step for Actualizing 3D Printed Dental Implants (view presentation)


Student Capstone Mentor Capstone Presentation Title

Alexander Berthusen

Alexander Barker, PhD

Check That Flow Out: A Hemodynamic Comparison Study of Fick and Phase-Contrast MRI in Children with Tetralogy of Fallot (watch presenation)

Tanner Bloks

Timothy Tran, MD

A 3-D Printable Ultrasound Phantom For Subclavian Central Lines (watch presentation)

Tara Brooks

Natalia Vergara, PhD

Elucidating the Mechanisms of Developmental Cell Death in the Retina Using Stem Cell-derived Organoids (watch presentation)

Cody Buongiorno

Stephen Hawkins, MD

Interactive 3D Resources to Improve Parent Understanding of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in Children with Down Syndrome (DS) (watch presentation)

Yu Jung Choi

Lisa Lee, PhD

“Build an Embryo”: Educational Efficacy of 3D Printed Embryo Models in Pieces or En Bloc in Enhancing Spatial & Temporal Anatomy Learning (watch presentation)

Wyatt Colloty

Maria Nagel, MD

Distribution of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Infection in Wild Type Mice Following Intranasal Inoculation (watch presentation)

Leanne DeMay

Caley Orr, PhD

Evaluating Bilateral Asymmetry in the Proximal Femora of Homo sapiens and Pan troglodytes (watch presentation)

Laura Finger

Rachel Davis, MD

Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging to Find Optimal Deep Brain Stimulation Targets for the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (watch presentation)

Rocío Griggs

Maria Nagel, MD

Evaluating the Adrenal Glands During Simian Varicella Virus Infection in Rhesus Macaques (watch presentation)

Lisa Hirt

John Thompson, PhD

Quantifying Circuit Activation in Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery For Essential Tremor (watch presentation)

Tyler Johnson

Chelsea Lohman Bonfiglio, PhD

Developing and Printing 3D Printed Hearts for Graduate Level Ultrasound Training (watch presentation)

Lindsey Milgrom

Ethan Hughes, PhD

Parvalbumin axons may be more susceptible to demyelination (watch presentation)

Nazeen Morelli

Jill Kaar, PhD

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Begins Early In Males With Klinefelter Syndrome (watch presentation)

Christopher O'Neill

Peter Pressman, MD

Prosodic Expression in Two Variants of Primary Progressive Aphasia (watch presentation)

Holly Olson

Paul Rochon, MD

A 3D Printable Model of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation as a Useful Tool for Improving Patient Education (watch presentation)

Yuna Park

Tyler Muffly, MD

“My Vagina Did What?”: Evaluating a Mobile App of 3D Enterocele Anatomy in Post-Hysterectomy Women (watch presenation)

Megan Ryan

Corbett Wilkinson, MD

Postsurgical complications in patients undergoing baclofen pump implantation (watch presentation)

Jake Shearer

Vic Spitzer, PhD

Keyframed Anatomy: Developing Anatomical Digital Education Resources for Distance Learning (watch presentation)

Charlotte Wilson Thomas Greany, DDS

Development of augmented reality and mixed-media trainer for dental anesthetics (watch presentation)

MariaFrancisca Zabalaga-Haberman Norma Wagoner, PhD

Twisted Development: Assessing the educational value of a 4D interactive embryonic gut tube model (watch video)

StudentCapstone MentorCapstone Presentation Title

Nathaniel Alzofon

Lauren Fishbein, MD, PhD

Rare Tumors in a Unique Patient Population: A pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma pilot study with a focus on head and neck paraganglioma

Sara Beck-Pancer

Roger Bannister, PhD

Fiber-type transitions in skeletal muscle of the FUSR521C mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Christine Castillo

Rony Marwan, MD

Visualizing Twin Connections: Creation and Usability of a 3D Parent Education Toolkit for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Athena Clemens

John Thompson, PhD

Impact of Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus on Neuropsychological Outcomes and Voxel-Based-Morphometric-Analyses in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Nathan Davis

John Thompson, PhD

Correlation between local field potential activity and myelin changes in the lenticular fasciculus and subthalamic nucleus using diffusion tensor imaging in Parkinson's disease patients

Yannick Dzowo

Thomas Finger, PhD

Quantification and Characterization of Taste Cells in Mice Circumvallate Taste Buds

Mckenzie Hackmaster

Emily DeBoer, MD

Comparing flexible bronchoscopy landmarks to computed tomography imaging in pediatric tracheomalacia patients: A step towards a more objective diagnosis

Haylie Helms

Jeffrey Jacot, PhD

Generation of Cardiac Organoids using Cardiomyocytes, Endothelial Cells, Epicardial Cells, and Cardiac Fibroblasts derived from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Chorong Hong

Maureen Stabio, PhD

Anatomical Evidence for a Novel Circuit in Human Retina

Natalie Hourigan

Angela Falco, NP, MPH/MSPH, MS, RN

iBooks Learning Resource Increase Patient and Caregiver Understanding at the Blood Infusion Center

Ritesh Kashyap

Caley Orr, PhD

Sexual Dimorphism and the Scaling of Intrinsic Thumb Muscle Physiological Cross-Sectional Area and Trapeziometacarpal Joint Size

Brian Kelly

Janet Corral, PhD

Efficacy of Virtual Reality Training for Physical Therapy Students

Mark Malham

Mark Erickson, MD

Comparable CT segmented models used in preoperative surgical planning after minimizing the number of slices

Daniel Marchetti

Travis Turnbull, PhD

Quantitative and Qualitative Orthopaedic Shoulder Anatomy: An iBook Review Tool

Nadira Matin

Todd Hankinson, MD

Interactive 3D Module Improves Parent Understanding of Shunt Placement for Hydrocephalus

Leandra Nikont

Karen King, PhD

Tackling the Most Prevalent Disease in the United States: Development and Assessment of an Educational Module to Emphasize the Similarities and Differences between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cassidy Plunkett

Lisa Lee, PhD

Embryos in Gross Anatomy Laboratory? The Educational Impact of 3D Printed Embryo Model Integration in Medical Basic Sciences Education

Samantha Rosicke

Brianne Bettcher, PhD

Association of White Matter Integrity and Visuospatial Function in Clinically Normal Adults vs. Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Natasha RousseauJanet Corral, PhD

Investigating the Impact of the Voice-Activated Chatbot Application for Study Skills on Student Usability in Physical Therapy Anatomy Application

Riley RuseJennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD

Reliability of an MR-based Knee Cartilage Semiautomatic Segmentation Protocol for Non-Clinicians

Debra SzusterCaley Orr, PhDA novel approach to resolving the brachial index issue of A.L. 288-1 (“Lucy”) using 3D computer models of hominid forelimb bones
Sydney TaylorYvette Nout-Lomas, DVM, PhDUndergraduate Education on Equine Cervical Vertebral Compressive Myelopathy
Peter ThomsenJennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhDAssessing Post-Rehabilitation Quadriceps Strength and Movement Quality During a Step Down Task after Total Knee Arthroplasty
Meredith WareJill Kaar, PhDPancreatic fat is not related to PCOS status in obese adolescents but is related to prolonged hyperinsulinemia

StudentCapstone MentorCapstone Presentation Title

Rossana Blanco Prado

John Thompson, PhD

Use of Systematic Stimulation Mapping and Functional/Structural Imaging to Improve Localization of Seizure onset in Patients with Drug-Resistant Epilepsy. View Poster

Cory Buenting

Lisa Lee, PhD

One Does Not Simply Integrate: Assessing Integrated vs. "Silo-ed" Anatomical Sciences Presentation in Online Learning Module. View Poster

Andrew Cale

Danielle Royer, PhD

Gross Anatomy Review Course for Anesthesiology Residents on the Acute Pain Service: How Basic Science Training Can Improve Knowledge and Confidence. 

Dane Donegan

Cristin Welle, PhD

Neuromodulation of Motor Learning and Performance Mediated by Optogenetic Stimulation of the Basal Forebrain.

Angelique Duenas

John Thompson, PhD

Assessing 3D Learning Resource Preference and Performance in Embryology Education. View Poster

Elizabeth Eichinger

Enrique Alvarez, MD

What's the Matter?: A Longitudinal Look at Multiple Sclerosis-Related Total Brain vs Structure Atrophy and Cognitive Performance.

Nicholas Evans

Thomas Greany, DDS

Bridging the Gap: Integrating a Virtual, 3D Model with Finite Element Analysis to Examine Fixed Dental Prosthesis Materials Under Combined Loading. View Poster

Jake Feiler

Benjamin Mullin, PhD

An fMRI Study Examining Inhibition and Threat Vigilance Among Adolescents with Severe Worry. View Poster

Shilpi Ganguly

Luis Zea, PhD

Characterization of P. Aeruginosa Growth Patterns Under Varying Gravitational Regimes. View Poster

Daniel Heck

Abigail Person, PhD

The Organization of Synaptically Convergent Purkinje Cells to Distinct Postsynaptic Cell Types in the Mouse Cerebellum.

Sam Hunt

John Thompson, PhD

The Disruption of Myelin in the Auditory Brainstem Response.

Hannah Koury 

Janet Corral, PhD

I Have a Tear Down There?": Implementing a Three-Dimensional Anatomical Education Resource into Post-Partum Perineal Laceration Care. View Poster

Chase Lewis

Thomas Greany, DDS

Objective Assessment of Dental Anatomy Using Surface Scanning Technology and 3D Image Analysis. View Poster

Guttu Maskalo

Victoria Pelak, MD

The Relationship Between Radial Optic Flow Perception and Neurodegeneration in Parkinson's Disease: A Volumetric MRI Analysis. View Poster

Mayu Oya

Nidia Quillinan, PhD

Analysis of Dendritic Spine Density in Hippocampus Following Cardiac Arrest. View Poster

Ian Stewart

Lisa Lee, PhD

Development and Incorporation of Virtual Pathology Slides with Instructor Simulation Tools in Pathology Residency Training and Histology Education.

Daniel Uy

John Thompson, PhD

Inter-hemispheric Analysis of Compensatory Neural Activity and Volumetric Changes in Deep Brain Stimulation Patients.

Carissa Vinovskis

Lauren Fishbein, MD, PhD

Prevalence of Adrenal Incidentalomas and Assessment of Practitioner Follow Up Per Guidelines. View Poster

Student Capstone Mentor Capstone Project Title
Stefan AdrianKristine Erlandson, MDTesamorelin Effect on Skeletal Muscle Fat in HIV+ Patients
Clara BacmeisterEthan Hughes, PhDThe Differential Targeting of Nav1.6 in Superficial Cortical Axons with Intermittent Myelination
Hannah BenjaminEmily DeBoer, MDInteractive Digital Anatomy to Improve Caregiver Understanding in the Aerodigestive Clinic
Briauna BlezinskiLisa Lee, PhDTo Model or Not To Model Embryological Development, That is the Educational Question
Benjamin CulleenLisa Lee, PhDQuantitative and Qualitative Analysis of a Brief Histology Quiz Tool
Shannon CurranDanielle Royer, PhDA Flipped Classroom Design for Circulatory System in Medical School Gross Anatomy: Impact on Student Performance and Attitudes
Johnna DioufMike Pascoe, PhDCreation and Testing of an ALS Learning Module for Healthcare Graduate Students
Tawnya HarveyDanielle Royer, PhDEvaluation of a New 3D-sectioned Heart Model and Facilitator’s Guide for Cardiac Ultrasound Training
Johna IannittoJennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhDAssessment of commonly used measures of lower extremity swelling following total knee arthroplasty
Molika KeelerDanielle Royer, PhDThe use of a novel Anatomical Mental Rotation Test to enhance understanding of repetitive visual-spatial training on learning outcomes in a human anatomy course
Rachel KlausMaureen Stabio, PhDUse and Perceptions of Plastination Among Anatomy Medical Educators in the United States
Matthew MecredyCaley Orr, PhDEstimating Anthropoid Primate Body Mass from Carpal Bone Volume
Jason NadeauJames Chen, PhDNovel 3D Modeling and Measurement of the Left Atrial Appendage to Facilitate Watchman™ Device Implantation
Lucine PapazianLisa Lee, PhDCorrelation of Type II Diabetes Mellitus Glomerulopathy with Pancreatic Morphometry
Alejandro SigalaJames Chen, PhD3D Analysis of the Human Aortic Root to Guide Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement with SAPIEN™ and Evolut™ R Devices
Jake SmithPaul Rochon, MD“TIPS” for Developing a Learning Module on Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) Creation
Emily SwensonLee Niswander, PhDQuantitative Analysis of Cell Movement during Mammalian Neural Tube Closure
Laura WeinkleBrian Hoyt, MDfactor of cognitive outcomes after Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease
Avery WilliamsCaley Orr, PhDSexual Dimorphism in Bones of the Thenar and Hypothenar Aspects of the Hand
Jennifer YatesMyPhuong Le, PhDSugar Induced Pulmonary Hypertension and the Role of Mast Cells
Hermella YilmaJohn Thompson, PHDStructural changes associated with duration of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease with a focus on olfactory processing