Agnew Amanda 825x990Overview

Chair of Graduate Studies
Director, Skeletal Biology Research Lab
Associate Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

2066 Graves Hall

333 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-366-2005

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.

Courses Taught

  • Anatomy 6000 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • HTHRHSC 7410 - Advanced Structure and Function of the Human Body


  • May 2004: BA, Anthropology, Biology (minor), State University of New York Potsdam 
  • June 2006: MA, Biological Anthropology, The Ohio State University
  • June 2011: PhD, Biological Anthropology, Human Anatomy (minor), The Ohio State University