Margaret Hall, Ph.D.

Glendale, AZ

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Dr. Hall earned her Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences in 2005 from Stony Brook University. Dr. Hall taught Anatomy for Occupational Therapists at SUNY Downstate from 2003-2006, and then joined Midwestern University in August 2006 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Hall received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2010 and was then promoted to Professor in 2016.

Dr. Hall is an evolutionary biologist who specializes in comparative anatomy, and she teaches in both veterinary anatomy and a variety of human anatomy courses here at MWU.


Glendale, AZ

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Graduate Studies - AZ


Biomedical Sciences (M.A.)
Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
Dental Medicine
Occupational Therapy
Veterinary Medicine

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Stony Brook University | 2005 | Ph.D.
Stony Brook University | 2003 | MPhil
Stony Brook University | 2003 | M.S.
Rutgers University | 1997 | B.A.

Courses Taught

Human Anatomy with Lab (Occupational Therapy and Biomedical Sciences)

BASI (Dental and Optometry)

Veterinary Anatomy I and II 


Dr. Hall is a comparative anatomist. Her research focuses on the evolution of important anatomical features of the vertebrates. One major focus of her reseach is the evolution of vertebrate visual system morphology, including eye shape, extraocular muscles, and retinal morphology. A second focus area is the evolutionary history of the mammalian body wall - including humans - especially as muscular morphology extends from the thorax and abdomen and relates to perineal structures that result from cloacal septation, an important adaptation in mammals.

Dr. Hall routinely takes students that are interested in morphology and like to dissect and prepare histological sections.


Plochocki JH, Rodriguez-Sosa JR, Adrian B, Ruiz SA & Hall MI. (2016) A functional and clinical reinterpretation of human perineal neuromuscular anatomy: Application to sexual function and continence. Clinical Anatomy. 29(8): 1053-1058, doi 10.1002/ca.22774.

Moore BA,  Tyrell LP, Kamilar, JM., Collin SP, Dominy NJ, Hall MI, Heesy CP, Lisney TJ,  Loew ER, Moritz GL, Nava SS, Warrant E, Yopak KE & Fernández-Juricic E. (2016) Structure and functions of regional specializations in   vertebrate retinas. In: Kaas J. (Ed) Evolution of Nervous Systems, Vol. 1. Academic Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 351-372. ISBN-13: 978-0128040423, ISBN-10: 0128040424.

Plochocki JH, Ruiz SA, Rodriguez-Sosa, JR, and Hall MI. (2017) Histological study of white rhinoceros integument. PLOS ONE 12(4): e0176327.

Hall MI, Rodriguez-Sosa JR & Plochocki JR. (2017) Reorganization of mammalian body wall patterning with cloacal septation. Scientific Reports 7(1). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-09359-y.

Plochocki JH, Segev TG, Grow WA & Hall MI. (2018) Extraocular muscle architecture in hawks and owls. Veterinary Ophthalmology. DOI:10.1111/vop.12553

Hall MI, Plochocki JH, Rodriguez-Sosa JR. (2019) Male and female anatomical homologies in the perineum of the dog (Canis familiaris). Veterinary Medicine and Science. 5, pp 39-47. DOI: 10.1002/vms3.128


American Association of Anatomists

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

International Society for Vertebrate Morphology

JB Johnston Club for Comparative Neuroscience



2019: AAA travel award


2014:  Recipient of First Place in Public Health and Education at the American Association of Oseopathic Medicine National Conference. (M.H.: PI) Hopson P, Kitt D., Mabardy, Hall MI; Shoup D., Nydam R. Implementation of osteopathic pearls into the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine anatomy cadaver lab. (2014) In: Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

2019: Recipient of First Place in Research, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. (M.H: PI) Garner DK, Patel A, Hung J, Castro M, Segev TG, Plochocki JH, and Hall MI. Midline and Mediolateral Episiotomy: Risk Assessment Based on Clinical Anatomy.