Mikaela Stiver

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Aspiring Anatomy Educator | CIHR Vanier Scholar | Lifelong Learner

About Me

I am a PhD candidate in the Division of Anatomy (Rehabilitation Sciences Institute) at the University of Toronto. Working under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Anne Agur, my research in the Musculoskeletal Anatomy Lab focuses on investigating the etiology and pathophysiology of myofascial trigger points in trapezius with a long-term goal of improving diagnosis and treatment.

Beyond research, the highlight of my doctoral experience has consistently been teaching. When I’m not demonstrating anatomy labs or developing my skills in teaching workshops, you can find me working as a site coordinator for Let’s Talk Science (University of Toronto – St. George site) striving to inspire youth of all ages to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Moving forward, I aspire to find a position that combines my enthusiasm for education and discovery with my eagerness to help people.
I’m always on the lookout for new challenges and opportunities – feel free 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
Rehabilitation Science (Anatomy)
2016 - Present

Recent & Upcoming Conferences

ANZACA Annual Meeting

December 4–6, 2019
University of Western Australia
Perth, Australia

AAA @ Experimental Biology

April 4–7, 2020
San Diego, CA

AACA Annual Meeting

June 15–19, 2020
Virtual Meeting