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        The Richtsmeier lab is located in the Department of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University where Dr. Richtsmeier is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and a member of the faculty of graduate program in Molecular Cellular and Integrated BioSciences (MCIBS). Dr. Richtsmeier is adjunct professor in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and a member of the faculty of the Collaboration for Craniofacial Development and Disorders at Hopkins.

The long-range goals of the laboratory include:

      1. quantitative assessment of morphological change in biological organisms through ontogenetic and evolutionary time
      2. determination of the developmental basis of differences in morphology
      3. determination of the evolutionary (genetic) basis of these developmental patterns.

        We have approached this goals through various quantitative studies of pre- and postnatal craniofacial growth patterns in nonhuman primates and comparative studies of craniofacial morphology and growth in humans affected by craniofacial anomalies and mouse models for these diseases. We have devised protocols for the collection and analysis of three dimensional data from biological organisms using various tools, especially imaging (computed tomography, micro computed tomography and magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance microscopy). A considerable amount of time has been spent developing methods that enable the analysis of three dimensional form and change in form using an approach invariant to coordinate systems. This work has been done in collaboration with Dr. Subhash Lele, University of Alberta (formerly at Hopkins). We are currently studying many murine models in an effort to understand the genetic basis of craniofacial development in typically growing and disease models. This is being done in collaboration with the laboratories of Dr. Roger Reeves at the Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Ethylin Wang Jabs , Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For more information on our current research, visit the Publications page of this website.

Rooms 311 & 319 of the Carpenter Building

Mailing address:RICHTSMEIER LAB
DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
409 CARPENTER BUILDING
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA 16802
Phone Number:814.863.0562
Fax:814.863.1474