Workshop Instructor and Coordinator
Ann H. Ross, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anthropology North Carolina State University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology Show Ross Biography ►
Ann H. Ross received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of Tennessee in 2000. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University and serves as a Research Collaborator for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Ross was a Postdoctoral Associate and Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida in the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory and an Assistant Director of Education in the Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida in the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. Dr. Ross is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Physical Anthropology Section, served as the Physical Anthropology Section Program Co-Chair for the 2011 AAFS Annual Meeting and is serving as the Physical Anthropology Section Program Chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting. Dr. Ross is also a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Asociación LatinoAmericana de Anthropolgía Forense and the International Association for Identification.
Dr. Ross has been the author or co-author of 30 peer reviewed publications, five book chapters and one book. She currently has a co-authored book on the juvenile skeleton in forensic abuse investigations in press. Dr. Ross developed the 3D-ID: Geometric Morphometric Classification of Crania for Forensic Scientists software program in conjunction with Dennis E. Slice using funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). She is involved in numerous research projects, is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, reviews articles pending publication for several journals and serves on numerous National and University committees. Dr. Ross served as a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) member for deployments following the Port au Prince earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005.
Mohamed R. Mahfouz, Ph.D. Chair, Career Development Professor Program Director Biomedical Engineering, Co-Director Center for Musculoskeletal Research, The University of Tennessee, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department Show Mahfouz Biography ►
Mohamed R. Mahfouz earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2002, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver in 1997, and a Master of Science degree in Systems and Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University in 1992. He is a tenured Professor in the Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department of The University of Tennessee, and has earned the prestigious title of Career Development Professor, an award given to only six up-and-coming elite faculty members annually University-wide. In addition, Dr. Mahfouz serves as the Biomedical Engineering Program Director, is on the Graduate Programs Committee, and is a Co-Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Tennessee in 2004, Dr. Mahfouz worked as a Joint Oak Ridge National Laboratory/University of Tennessee (ORNL/UT) Senior Research Assistant and was responsible for developing, directing and coordinating new research efforts for the ORNL/UT Center of Musculosketetal Research (CMR). Dr. Mahfouz has authored a number of book chapters, been the author or co-author of over 60 refereed journal articles, and has presented frequently at professional meetings since 2001.
Dr. Mahfouz’ research efforts are currently concentrated on a project entitled The Operating Room of the Future, which uses sensing technologies in the area of computer assisted orthopedic surgery (CAOS) and implants. In its various applications, the scope of his surgical navigation research combines different aspects of current medical technologies, such as patient-specific models from biplanar static radiographs, ultra-wide band RF technology and micoelectromechanical (MEMS) systems, to provide a promising aid for physicians in the future, while seeking integration with commonly used surgical tools. His work in in vivo fluoroscopy has earned Dr. Mahfouz international recognition for his studies of three-dimensional implant movement. As part of this research effort, Dr. Mahfouz built a database of 3D patient-specific femur models that enabled automatic measurements to be made. These measurements have been used to locate landmarks and calculate the axes necessary to optimize the bone cuts and implant fitting for total knee replacement surgery. In addition, his comparison of 3D measurements of male and female femurs resulted in quantification of a number of significant gender differences. This work was revolutionary with respect to implant design, and has played a large role in the design of a gender-specific knee implant. Dr. Mahfouz holds a number of imaging-related patents used for patient diagnostics and treatment.
Kenneth K. Kidd, Ph.D. Professor of Genetics, Psychiatry, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine Show Kidd Biography ►
Kenneth K. Kidd received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. His early training included Drosophila genetics, classical immunogenetics and population genetics. During his post-doctoral studies in Italy and at Stanford University, he established his reputation in human population genetics. He joined the Genetics faculty at Yale University School of Medicine in 1973 where he has remained and is currently Professor of Genetics, Psychiatry, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. At Yale he has pursued research in many areas of human genetics, including medical genetics (studies of neuropsychiatric disorders and simple Mendelian disorders); gene mapping (both physical and genetic); database design for modern genetic data; and a variety of molecular methodologies. More recently, his long-standing interest in human population genetics has been combined with his laboratory’s expertise in molecular technology to examine human genome diversity at the DNA level. He is also responsible for ALFRED, the ALlele FREquency Database, a web accessible compilation of allele frequency data for DNA polymorphisms on anthropologically defined human populations.
During his career, Dr. Kidd, in conjunction with his Laboratory and collaborators, has published more than 500 scientific articles in a broad range of subjects including population genetics, cancer and neuropsychiatric genetics, gene mapping, molecular methodology, genetic databases and human diversity. He is one of the co-authors of a paper selected as the best biomedical paper of the year by The Lancet, a leading British medical journal. This and other publications by Dr. Kidd can be found on his web site http://info.med.yale.edu/genetics/kkidd. He is a certified Medical Geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics. He has served on several U.S. government review and advisory committees and panels, on several editorial boards, and helped organize several international conferences. He is a member of several professional societies and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among his other awards, Dr. Kidd has been recognized by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Institute of Justice for his contributions toward acceptance of DNA methodologies in the courts. He recently served on national advisory panels for DNA identification of victims of the World Trade Center attack and victims of Katrina.
Bruce E. Anderson, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology The University of Arizona, Forensic Anthropologist, Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner Show Anderson Biography ►
Bruce E. Anderson is the Forensic Anthropologist for the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME), in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. degree in 1998 from the University of Arizona, where he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Prior to his position with the PCOME, he served as Senior Anthropologist for the U.S. Army’s Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CILHI) where his principal duties were the field recovery and laboratory analyses leading towards identification of human remains associated with past U.S. military conflicts. Dr. Anderson currently mentors anthropology students in the Forensic Anthropology Internship Program at the PCOME and works with Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellows as part of a new PCOME Forensic Anthropology Fellowship. He is certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA), is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Physical Anthropology Section, is a founding member of the Scientific Working Group in Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH) and serves as the Western U.S. Forensic Anthropologist for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) project.
Dr. Anderson’s research interests include ancestry assessment using non-metric skeletal trait and craniometric analyses; biological and cultural affiliation of undocumented border crossers; quantifying circumstantial identifications; postmortem variables affecting the preservation of human remains; occupational markers in a prehistoric Chamorro skeletal collection from Guam; the determination of sex from the os pubis in pre-puberal and puberal individuals; the development of the ventral arc in the human os pubis; and vertebral, cranial and rib anomalies in immature individuals. Dr. Anderson has presented the results of his research regularly at scientific meetings and has been the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Workshop Instructional Assistants
Ashley L. Humphries, M.A. North Carolina State University Show Humphries Biography ►
Ashley L. Humphries earned her Master of Arts in Anthropology, with a concentration in Bioarchaeology, from North Carolina State University in May of 2011. She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of South Florida in 2007. Ms. Humphries is currently conducting research projects at the University of South Florida and has also participated in research at the North Carolina State University Forensic Analysis Laboratory. Her research interests include human skeletal variation of past and present populations, skeletal biology, geometric morphometrics and human migration.
Ms. Humphries is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Physical Anthropology Section, has presented at the AAFS Annual Meeting and the Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE) Symposium and has provided lectures at NC State on sex determination, skeletal trauma and introductory forensic anthropology. Her laboratory and field experience include 3-dimensional craniometric data collection using a MicroScribe® digitizer on specimens from the Harvard University Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Bocage Museum in Lisbon, Portugal and the Identified Skulls Collection at the University of Coimbra, Portugal; radiography and maceration at the NC State Forensic Analysis Laboratory; and assisting in anthropology searches for human remains in Florida.
Emam ElHak Abdel Fatah, M.S. The University of Tennessee Show Abdel Fatah Biography ►
Emam E. Abdel Fatah earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and Systems from Cairo University in 2002. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Tennessee, where he anticipates receiving his degree in the near future based upon his dissertation entitled Nonlinear Statistical Modeling Framework for Morphological Bone Analysis. While seeking his Ph.D., Mr. Abdel Fatah is conducting research at The University of Tennessee in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR). In that capacity, Mr. Abdel Fatah leverages his experience in medical imaging, statistical modeling, computer vision, pattern recognition and his broad-ranging professional software knowledge in different research areas in biomedical engineering and anthropology. He has participated in a number of research projects at the CMR, including development of the Implant Design and Analysis Software Suite (IDAS), the Intelligent Cartilage System (iCS) software suite, the Deformable Template Implant (DAT), and development and design of methods for enhancing facial reconstruction and sex estimation using skull measurements.
Prior to seeking his doctoral degree, Mr. Abdel Fatah worked in design and development of reconstruction techniques using 3D and 4D visualization, as well as tracked and freehand ultrasound optical emission spectroscopy (OEM) solutions. In addition, he co-founded BKI Technologies in Cairo which designed and developed karyotyping software for microscopic image acquisition, automatic segmentation, and classification of chromosome g-banded images. Mr. Abdel Fatah teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, is an Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference (EMBC) peer reviewer, has co-authored a book chapter and five peer-reviewed journal articles, and has presented extensively at professional meetings since 2003.
Lyndsay N. Bowers, M.S. The University of Tennessee Show Bowers Biography ►
Lyndsay N. Bowers earned her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2007 and 2005, respectively. She is a Research Associate II at the University of Tennessee Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR) where she manages government and industry sponsored research projects, develops and executes project protocols, and collaborates with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) when human subjects are involved in projects. In addition, Ms. Bowers manages all data collection from the W.M. Bass Donated Skeletal Collection in the Department of Anthropology and coordinates the computed tomography (CT) image scanning trips on the skeletal remains with engineering/anthropology teams and hospital personnel. She also serves as the primary Biomedical Engineering Department representative, meeting with future students and their families to provide information about the program and University, as well as providing guidance as an advisor to current undergraduate students.
Ms. Bowers is the Introduction to Biomedical Engineering course instructor at the Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering in Knoxville, and has also served as a biomedical physiology co-instructor there. She was a co-author for presentations given at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Knee Society Members Meeting, the Annual Congress of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, and the Cairo International Biomedical Engineering Conference.
NFSTC/NIJ Workshop Liaisons
Karolyn L. Tontarski TTW Coordinator, NFSTC Consultant
Jennie Travers Forensic Services Associate, NFSTC