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Jacob Wood

Part-Time Faculty, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology

Educational Background

  • 2020 – M.S., Human Biology; University of Indianapolis
  • 2017 – B.A., Anthropology; Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

Professional Background

Jacob became involved in teaching during his first semester in graduate school, when he accepted positions as both a Tutor and a Teaching Assistant for the introductory-level Anatomy & Physiology classes. During his second year, he took over management of the Gross-Anatomy Lab, serving as a Teaching Assistant for all of the graduate-level cadaver courses run on campus; during this time, Jacob also worked as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant at Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in downtown Indianapolis.

During his final year in graduate school, Jacob taught his two classes, Introductory Human Anatomy and Basic Mammalian Physiology. After graduating in the midst of the pandemic, he moved to Colorado, and started teaching A&P at both the Community College of Aurora and Front Range Community College, before finally finding his home here at Aims.

Jacob has been involved in various research projects since the latter part of his undergraduate career, including several that have been presented at academic conferences. His research has mostly involved analyses of skeletal morphology in humans and non-human primates, including detailed studies of vertebrae, incisors, and metatarsals.

Personal Interests

Jacob is an avid reader. He is almost always reading at least two books at any given time (one fiction, one non-fiction), and is always looking for the next great story. He is also a hobby writer, with aspirations to one day become a published author. When he is not reading, writing, or working with his students, you can usually find him exploring the mountains of Colorado.