PHILIP RENO, PHD
Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - Philadelphia
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.
- Postdoctoral developmental biology, Stanford University
- PhD biomedical sciences, Kent State University
- BA anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
- American Association of Anatomists
- American Association of Physical Anthropologists
- NSF: “Mechanisms of growth plate patterning revealed by natural variation in mammalian
ossification.” Philip Reno PI, IOS-1656315, $800,000, 2017-2021.
- NSF: “Evolution and development of the hominoid wrist.” Philip Reno PI, Douglas Menke
Co-PI. BCS-1638812, $233,599, 2017-2020.
- NSF: “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Evolution and development of the hominoid thoracolumbar
transition.” Philip Reno PI, Allison Machnicki Co-PI, BCS-1650879 ($11,820), 2017.
- Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant: “Evolution and Development of
the Hominoid Thoracolumbar Transition.” Allison Machnicki Ph.D Student, Philip Reno
supervisor. ($20,000), 2016.
- NSF: “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Evolutionary and developmental influences on
skeletal maturation and internal structure. Philip Reno PI, Kelsey Kjosness Co-PI.
BCS-1540418 ($30,140), 2015-2017.
- NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Post Doctoral Fellowship: “Regulatory architecture of
the Androgen Receptor locus in development & evolution.” 2009-2010.