Mikaela Stiver

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


Original and curated resources & anatomical artwork


Experience, interests, publications, & conferences


Experience, subject matter expertise, & teaching philosophy


Past involvement, current initiatives, & future goals


Miscellaneous musings & fascinating facts

About Me

I am a final year PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute & Division of Anatomy at the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Dr. Anne Agur, my research in the Musculoskeletal Anatomy Lab focuses on understanding the baseline 3D architecture and structural properties of the human trapezius muscle.

When I am not doing research, you are most likely to find me enthusiastically chattering away about all things anatomy in a teaching lab or tutorial room

Who needs caffeine when there is an 8:00 AM dissection lab to kickstart the day?! 

In anticipation of entering the academic job market in a post-COVID era, I have been curating and developing online resources for a variety of topics, including histology & neuroanatomy.

In my “spare time” I enjoy making anatomy-themed artwork, solving crosswords, running, cycling, bouldering, singing at the top of my lungs in the car, and baking delicious cookies. I also pride myself in sharing my love of science & research 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, volunteering with Let’s Talk Science, editing for rehabINK, and helping to produce a COVID-19 mini-series for The rehabINK Podcast.

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 – Present