Research

From supporting our muscles and protecting our organs, to housing our blood-producing marrow and acting as a storage bank for minerals like calcium, bone fulfills several essential functions in the body.  Via techniques like bone histology, analyzing thin slices of bone using a microscope, to microCT, high-resolution scans of bone’s three-dimensional structure, we examine how bone microarchitecture (things like remodeling, micro cracks, porosity, and more!) varies across humans and other species. Among our current and ongoing projects are:

Examining human variation to determine the best variables and predictors of skeletal health and bone quality

Spatial analysis and other techniques to examine mechanical versus non-mechanical bone remodeling 

Exploring new elements and techniques to improve age-at-death estimation techniques using histology