Volen National Center for Complex Systems, 208
DegreesMcGill University, Ph.D.
McGill University, B.Sc.
ExpertiseComparative Anatomy, Evolution, Physiology, Biomechanics
ProfileMy interests in biology lie at the intersection of evolution, anatomy, physiology and ecology. I focus these interests through the lens of comparative morphology which is a field that explores the relationship between form and function across species. The courses I teach include evolution, physiology, exercise physiology, advanced cell biology, evolutionary developmental biology and a biology proseminar.
Starting Summer 2015 I will be teaching the Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) Program Bio-Inspired Design. In this program I will work with a small group of students over a 10 week period, in a variety of settings — including laboratories, museums, zoos and the Brandeis MakerLab. We will work with biologists, engineers and artists to explore intriguing life forms and develop the quantitative tools needed to work at the intersection of form and function. Students will be challenged to design a nature-inspired product that solves an important societal problem. These designs will be presented to the Brandeis and local scientific communities in an interactive, TED-like forum.
|BIOL||43b||Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy|
|BIOL||44a||The Biology of Human Sports and Exercise|
|BIOL||100b||Advanced Cell Biology|
|BIOL||112b||Evolutionary Developmental Biology|
|BISC||8a||Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine|
Awards and Honors
Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (2014)
Lee SSM, Arnold AS, de Boef Miara M, Biewener AA, Wakeling JM.. "Accuracy of gastrocnemius muscles forces in walking and running goats predicted by one-element and two-element Hill-type models.." Journal of Biomechanics 46. 13 (2013): 2288-2295.
Lee SSM, de Boef Miara M, Arnold AS, Biewener AA, Wakeling, JM. "Recruitment of faster motor units is associated with greater rates of fascicle strain and rapid changes in muscle force during locomotion." Journal of Experimental Biology 216. 2 (2013): 198-207.
Padian K, de Boef Miara M, Larsson HCE, Wilson L and Bromage T. "Research Applications and Integration." Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods. Ed. Padian K and Lamm E-T. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013
Wilson LE & de Boef Miara M.. "Database Standardization." Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods. Ed. Padian K and Lamm E-T. Berkley: University of California Press, 2013
Wakeling JM, Lee SSM, Arnold AS, de Boef Miara M, Biewener AA.. "A muscle's force depends on the recruitment patterns of its fibres.." Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 40. 8 (2012): 1708-1720.
Lee SSM, de Boef Miara M, Arnold AS, Biewener AA, Wakeling JM.. "EMG analysis tuned for determining the timing and level of activation in different motor units.." Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 21. 4 (2011): 557-565.
de Boef Miara, Maria. "Signatures of Flight and Running in bone microstructure: An experimental study in helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) and applications in the study of the dinosaur-bird transition.." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28. 3 (2008): 70.
de Boef Miara, Maria, Larsson Hans CE & Horner John. "Measurements of vasculature in Tyrannosaurus rex show a relationship between growth rate and vasculature orientation.." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27. 3 (2007): 67.
de Boef, Maria and Larsson, Hans C. E.. "Bone microstructure: quantifying bone vascular orientation.." Canadian Journal of Zoology 851. 1 (2007): 63-70.