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Amanda Agnew

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Amanda Agnew

Professor/Director of Skeletal Biology Research Lab


(614) 366-2005

2066 Graves Hall
333 West 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Bone biomechanics
  • Skeletal biology
  • Functional anatomy

Research Focus

The Skeletal Biology Research Lab (SBRL), under the direction of Dr. Amanda Agnew, investigates the human skeleton using a multidisciplinary approach. Combining anthropological analyses with engineering principles, the SBRL explores bone biomechanics, fracture risk, and assesses patterns of injury in the context of skeletal health. Researchers also explore many topics in forensics and bioarchaeology. Methods of inquiry include experimental techniques, macroscopic and microscopic (histological) approaches, as well as the use of different imaging modalities.

My current interests are focused on skeletal biology, specifically the role of bone quality and its effect on fracture risk in pediatric and elderly populations. This is especially important in the injury biomechanics field for indirectly assessing vehicle safety standards through trauma research. I also have interests in paleopathology, functional and evolutionary anatomy, skeletal growth and development, and bioarchaeology. In addition, my experience in gross and histological identification of skeletal features often leads to consultation in forensic cases for search and recovery, identification, and analysis of human remains.

Curriculum Vitae


Current Graduate Students

Emma Brzezinski  (co-advisor)


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