27428-McNulty, Margaret

Margaret A. McNulty, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. McNulty received her PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, then pursued a research-intensive post-doctoral fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. She taught anatomy to professional veterinary students and maintained a research program in both orthopaedics and education at Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine before joining the Anatomy, Cell Biology, & Physiology faculty in early 2017. She is currently Vice Chair for Education in the department and teaches anatomy and/or orthopaedics to various student cohorts, including allied health, medical, and graduate students, in addition to continuing her research in medical education and orthopaedics.

Key Publications

Full list of publications.

2022    Lufler RS, McNulty MA. The Glass Ceiling Thickens: The Impact of COVID-19 on Academic Medicine Faculty in the U.S. Med Educ Online. 2022 Dec;27(1):2058314. Doi: 10.1080/10872981.2022.2058314

2021   McNulty MA, Mussell J, Lufler R. Breaking Barriers: The landscape of human and veterinary medical education and the potential for collaboration. Anat Sci Educ. 2021 Jul 4. Doi: 10.1002/ase.2118. Online ahead of print.

2021   McNulty MA, Wisner R, Meyer A. NOMENs Land: The Place of Eponyms in the Anatomy Classroom. Anat Sci Educ. 2021 Jun 18. Doi: 10.1002/ase.2108. Online ahead of print.

2020    McNulty MA, Beadlescomb P, Nussbaum ER, Sena-Esteves M, Randle AN, Johnson AK, Wilhite DR, Martin DR, Carlson CS. Abnormal Epiphyseal Development in a Feline Model of Sandhoff Disease. J Orthop Res. 2020 Dec;38(12):2580-2591. DOI: 10.1002/jor.24803

2020    McNulty MA, Goupil BA, Albarado DC, Castaño-Martinez T, Ambrosi TA, Spela P, Schulz TJ, Schürmann A, Morrison CD, Laeger T. FGF21, not GCN2, Influences Bone Morphology Due to Dietary Protein Restriction. Bone Rep. 2019 Dec 31;12:100241. Doi:10.1016/j.bonr.2019.100241

2018    McNulty MA, Lazarus M. An Anatomy Precourse Predicts Student Performance in a Professional Veterinary Curriculum. J Vet Med Educ. Fall 2018;45(3):330-342. Doi: 10.3138/jvme.0317-039r

2018    Richbourg HA, Mitchell CF, Gillett AN, McNulty MA. Tiludronate and Clodronate Do Not Affect Bone Structure or Remodeling Kinetics Over a 60 Day Randomized Trial. BMC Vet Res. 2018 Mar 20;14(1):105. DOI: 10.1186/s12917-018-1423-2

2017    Mitchell CF, Richbourg HA, Goupil BA, Gillett A, McNulty MA. A Novel, Non-Terminal Method for Obtaining Bone Biopsies From Horses. Vet Surg. 2017 Apr; 46(3): 396-402.

2017    Richbourg HA, Martin MJ, Schachner ER, McNulty MA. Anatomical Variation of the Tarsus in Common Inbred Mouse Strains. Anat Rec 2017 Mar;300(3):450-459.

2016    McNulty MA, Stevens-Sparks C, Taboada J, Daniels A, Lazarus M. Impact of a Precourse on Student Performance in Veterinary Gross Anatomy. Anat Sci Educ. 2016 Jul 8;9(4):344-56

2016    Goupil BA, McNulty MA, Martin MJ, McCracken MK, Christofferson RC, Mores CN. Novel Lesions of Bones and Joints Associated with Chikungunya Virus in Two Mouse Models of Disease: New Insights into Disease Pathogenesis. PLoS One. 2016 May 16;11(5):e0155243. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0155243

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Vice Chair for Education
  • Education
    2012 FEL Anatomy & Cell Biology (currently Cell & Molecular Medicine), Rush University Medical Center
    2010 PhD University of Minnesota
    2005 BS Colorado State University
  • Research

    The McNulty Lab is involved in both educational and basic science research.

    Educational research involves developing and evaluating techniques to improve learning, specfically of the anatomical sciences, by professional health students, including students enrolled in veterinary medical, human medical, and allied health programs.
    Current specific projects include:
    - Identifying the impact of interprofessional education activities and incorporating the concept of One Health in interprofessional education activities.
    - Identifying methods to better prepare students for the academic rigors of professional health programs.
    - Asking how professional health students understand professional roles within the contexts of health care.
    - Improving students' learning through incorporation of metacognitive activities.
    - Evaluating how professional health curricula targeting different student populations can benefit from shared goals and methods.

    Basic science research interests revolve around bone and joint pathology. The McNulty lab uses both advanced imaging (e.g. micro-computed tomography) and histological techniques to evaluate changes in bones and joints secondary to various diseases and treatments. Current work involves projects focused evaluating the impact of bisphosphonate administration on the equine skeleton.


  • Professional Organizations
    American Association for Anatomy
    American Association of Veterinary Anatomists
    Anatomical Society
    International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
    Orthopaedic Research Society
    World Association of Veterinary Anatomists
  • Awards
    Org: Indiana University
    Desc: Indiana University Trustee's Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2022-04-01
    Org: Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, & Physiology
    Desc: Seifert Statewide Anatomy Educator Faculty Award
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2021-06-01
    Org: Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, & Physiology
    Desc: Shellhamer Award
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Org: American Association for Anatomy
    Desc: Basmajian Award
    Scope: International
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Org: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Desc: Highest Year 1 Teaching Evaluations (2015 Calendar Year)
    Scope: School
    Date: 2016-05-01
    Org: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Desc: Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll
    Scope: School
    Date: 2015-05-01
    Org: Louisiana State University
    Desc: Teaching Enhancement Fund Travel Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2015-04-01
    Org: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Desc: Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll
    Scope: School
    Date: 2014-05-01
    Org: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Desc: Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll
    Scope: School
    Date: 2013-05-01
    Org: American Association of Anatomists
    Desc: Visiting Scholarship Recipient
    Scope: National
    Date: 2012-10-01
    Org: American Society of Bone & Mineral Research
    Desc: Harold M. Frost Young Investigator Award
    Scope: National
    Date: 2012-09-01
    Org: American Association of Anatomists
    Desc: Post-Doctoral Podium Presentation Runner-Up
    Scope: National
    Date: 2012-05-01
    Org: American Association of Anatomists
    Desc: Post-Doctoral Poster Presentation Winner
    Scope: National
    Date: 2011-05-01

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