Kerin M. Claeson, PhD | PCOM Biomedical Sciences Faculty
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Director of Policy Formation and Metrics Development
Professor of Anatomy

Dr. Claeson works with medical students pursuing their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, as well as allied health professionals pursing advanced degrees in physical therapy and physician assistant studies. She also supervises graduate students pursuing master's degrees in biomedical sciences. Her lectures discuss clinically relevant anatomy of the human head, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, taking into account both the developmental and evolutionary history of the human body. She continues to use hands-on, problem based learning with students in the laboratory setting to guide students through anatomical dissections.


  • Postdoctoral Researcher-in-Residence, Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies, Ohio University, 2010 - 2012
  • PhD, Vertebrate Paleontology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • MS, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts, 2005
  • BS, Geology, Stony Brook University, 2001


Dr. Claeson maintains four active areas of research in which students and volunteers at PCOM may participate in her lab; 1) Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, 2) Variation in Human Anatomy, 3) Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology, and most recently 4) Collaborative work with Osteopathic Physicians. Tools and data types include histology, radiography, computed tomography, dissection, photography, illustration, and extensive literature reviews. Independent projects are encouraged that seek to answer questions about vertebrate form and function. Thus, if you have a desire to study a particular system or organism, she will work with you to develop a project.


National Science Foundation (PI-O’Connor, co-PIs K. Claeson, J. Sertich). ANT_118473, “Collaborative Research: Late Cretaceous-Paleogene vertebrates from Antarctica: Implications for paleobiogeography, paleoenvironment, and extinction in polar Gondwana,” $98,324.00, June 2012



Volunteer and Leadership Activities
  • Chair-elect. Education and Outreach Committee for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. November 2013-present
  • Committee Member. AAA Regional Meeting Program Sub-committee for October 2014. January 2013-present
  • Secretary. Division of Phylogenetic and Comparative Biology for the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2013–present
  • Committee Member. Dawson Award for Predoctoral Research for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. February 2012–present
  • Committee Member. Education and Outreach Committee for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. November 2011–November 2013.
  • Panel Member of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir Committee. February 2011– January 2014
  • Regular Member of the Program Committee for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. May 2010–January 2014