Graduate Students

Kevin Flaherty

Kevin Flaherty is a Ph.D candidate in biological anthropology at Penn State. His varation in the rate of development during the embryological period and how heterochronic changes during development alter the cranial morphology. Currently, he is working to create a tool that allows users to estimate the developmental age of mouse embryos, located at

Chanyoung Lee, M.S.

Chanyoung Lee is a graduate student in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. He obtained his BS and MS at the Seoul National University. He is mentored by Dr. Reuben Kraft, and works with the Richtsmeier Lab studying mathematical models of skull and brain growth. 

Kate Lesciotto, J.D. , M.S.

Kate Lesciotto is a Ph.D. candidate in biological anthropology at Penn State. She previously received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and M.S. in biological and forensic anthropology from Mercyhurst University. Her interests include craniofacial growth and development, human anatomy, and forensic anthropology. Currently, her research is focused on using experimental mouse models to study the influence of the brain on the developing skull.

Muhammad Musa

Muhammad A. Musa, a Visiting Scholar to the Lab of Dr. J.T. Richtsmeier, is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Anatomy, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria. Muhammad’s visit was funded through a visiting scholar’s grant from the American Association of Anatomists. Muhammad’s research interest is in the area of craniofacial anatomy, morphology, growth, development and genetics especially as it relates to infants and children. He is currently working on Postnatal Craniofacial Phenotypes in Nigerian children as part of his Ph.D dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Richtsmeier in collaboration with Dr. Seth M. Weinberg, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Muhammad plans to use 3D geometric applications to study the correspondence between craniofacial phenotypes and genotypes in the future.