Investigating a developing mouse skull using Micro-CT

Surface Science Western and Alyssa Moore (Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario) are using Micro-CT to image and analyze the bones and cartilages of developing mouse skulls to better understand skull development in normal and disrupted developmental conditions. Alyssa aims to compare normally developed mouse skulls to skulls that have either been exposed to alcohol in the womb or are missing a gene in certain cell types. These scans will allow UWO researchers to assess how specific genetic disruptions and alcohol exposure impact the shape and size of the various bones and cartilages in the skull.