Director, Skeletal Biology Research Lab
Assistant Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

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.

Current Research

Gocha TP, Agnew AM, “Spatial variation in osteon population density at the human femoral midshaft: Histomorphometric adaptations to habitual load environment”. Journal of Anatomy. Vol. 228, 733-745. May, 2016

Agnew AM, Schafman M, Moorhouse K, White S, Kang YS, "The effect of age on the structural properties of human ribs". Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. Vol 41: 302-314. Jan, 2015

Agnew AM, Presenter. “Skeletal response to dynamic impact: Thoracic injury biomechanics.” Presented at Pennsylvania State University Department of Anthropology Seminar Series. (April, 2016)

Courses Taught

  • Anatomy 6000 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy


  • 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
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