Mikaela Stiver, PhD

Assistant Professor, McGill University
Anatomist | Educator | Digital Doodler | Lifelong Learner


Original and curated resources & anatomical artwork


Experience, interests, publications, & conferences


Experience & subject matter expertise


Past involvement, current initiatives, & future goals


Miscellaneous musings & fascinating facts (COMING SOON)

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Anatomical Sciences, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. My current research interests include gamification / serious games in medical & anatomy education, art in anatomy (esp. drawing), approaches for mitigating neurophobia, and drivers of student motivation & engagement. As teaching stream faculty, you are most likely to find me enthusiastically chattering away about all things anatomy in a lecture hall or dissection lab. 
Who needs caffeine when there is an 8:30 AM lecture on cranial nerves to kickstart the day?! 
Since the beginning of my doctoral training, I have been actively curating and developing online resources for a variety of topics—including histology & neuroanatomy—on this website! In my “spare time” (whatever that means?!), I enjoy creating anatomy-themed artwork, solving crosswords, running, cycling, bouldering, singing at the top of my lungs, and baking delicious cookies. I also pride myself in sharing my love of the anatomical sciences with folks of all ages and backgrounds—at the moment, you can find me serving on committees for the American Association for Anatomy & American Association of Clinical Anatomy, publishing print-on-demand serious games on The Game Crafter, and working on miscellaneous outreach projects whenever opportunities arise. I am always on the lookout for new challenges and opportunities—please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


University of Guelph

Bachelor of Science
Human Kinetics & Neuroscience
2010 – 2014

University of Guelph

Master of Science
Neuroscience & Applied Cognitive Science
2014 – 2016

University of Toronto

Doctor of Philosophy
Anatomy & Rehabilitation Science
2016 – 2022