Dr. Janna Andronowski

Dr. Janna Andronowski

Title: Assistant Professor
Dept/Program: Biology
Office: ASEC C306
Phone: 330-972-5419
Fax: 330-972-8445
Email: jandronowski@uakron.edu
Website: https://www.andronowskilab.com


Biography

Dr. Andronowski’s research focuses on the high-resolution 3D imaging of bone microstructure and the related study of bone adaptation, aging, and disease.

As a biological anthropologist and anatomist, Dr. Andronowski’s interests are in skeletal biology from a microscopic (histomorphological) perspective and its application to human anatomy, human health, and forensic anthropology. In particular, she applies two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) imaging techniques to the study of microscopic features of human bone to further understandings of how bone remodeling is related to age-associated bone affecting conditions such as osteoporosis, and bone aging in general. Her research involves quantifying histomorphological features such as secondary osteons, vascular canals, and cellular organization among skeletal elements and assessing inter- and intra-individual variation. Her research includes both a strong laboratory component and the use of high-resolution 3D imaging modalities such as synchrotron radiation-based micro-CT (SR micro-CT) imaging.

Dr. Andronowski has over eight years of experience working in forensic science-based laboratories (i.e. the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Forensic Research, and the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville). She also has taught a variety of courses and provided public outreach lectures in aspects of forensic science to a diverse audience including law enforcement, undergraduate and graduate students, death investigators, high school students, and forensic scientists.

Dr. Andronowski is a Trainee Affiliate in the Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.


Research Interests

Bone histomorphometry and histomorphology, bone adaptation, synchrotron science, 3D imaging, forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology


Select Publications

Andronowski JM, Mundorff AZ, Davis RA, Price EW. 2019. Application of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy to Examine Surface Chemistry of Cancellous Bone and Medullary Contents to Refine Bone Sample Selection for Nuclear DNA Analysis. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. https://doi:10.1039/C9JA00203K.

Andronowski JM, Davis RA, Stephen HE. 2019. Inferring Bone Attribution to Species through Micro-Computed Tomography: A Comparison of Third Metapodials from Homo sapiens and Ursus americanus. Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jofri.2019.08.001.

Nwotchouang B, Eppelheimer MS, Bishop P, Biswas D, Andronowski JM, Bapuraj JR, Frim D, Labuda R, Amini R, Loth F. 2019. Three-dimensional CT morphometric Image Analysis of the Clivus and Sphenoid Sinus in Chiari Malformation Type I. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10439-019-02301-5.

Andronowski JM, Crowder C. 2018. Bone Area Histomorphometry. Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13815.

Andronowski JM, Crowder C, Soto Martinez M. Accepted. Recent Advancements in the Analysis of Bone Microstructure: New Dimensions in Forensic Anthropology. Forensic Sciences Research.

Andronowski JM, Pratt IV, Cooper DML. Occurrence of osteon banding in adult human cortical bone. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2017;DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23297.

Andronowski JM, Mundorff AZ, Pratt IV, Davoren JM, Cooper DML. 2017. Evaluating differential nuclear DNA yield rates and osteocyte numbers among human bone tissue types: A synchrotron micro-CT approach. Forensic Science International: Genetics (28): 211-218.

Crowder C, Andronowski JM, Dominquez VM. 2017. Bone Histology as an Integrated Tool in the Process of Human Identification. In Latham K, Bartelink E, and Finnegan, M (Eds), New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification. Elsevier.

Crowder C, Pinto DC, Andronowski JM, Dominguez VM. 2018. Theory and Histological Methods. In Boyd C, and Boyd DC (Eds), Forensic Anthropology: Theoretical Framework and Scientific Basis. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Harvard.


Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (2016 – 2017)
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2016)
  • M.Sc. in Anthropology, University of Toronto (2012)
  • B.A. in Criminology, Simon Fraser University (2009)
  • B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University (2009)