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Dr. Philip Reno is a biological anthropologist who investigates the evolutionary and developmental bases for human anatomy. His current efforts are directed towards two main questions: What are the mechanisms that pattern growth plate development and differential growth and what are the developmental mechanisms that underlie the evolution of human-specific traits?

To address these questions his lab employs a novel integration of human, primate and mammalian comparative anatomy; skeletal development and histology; and developmental and comparative genomics. Dr. Reno teaches human anatomy and embryology to Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students at PCOM. He also mentors students in the lab working on various projects related to skeletal development, cartilage biology, comparative genomics and skin development.

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Education/Academic qualification

Biomedical Sciences, PhD, Kent State University

Anthropology, BA, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Anthropology
  • Anatomy