Graduate Students

Reed Davis, Doctoral Student & Mentoring Fellow



Reed Davis is a doctoral student in the Andronowski lab and is the graduate mentor for undergraduate students Abigail, Kelly, and Josh as part of the Tiered Mentoring Program. Reed earned his bachelor’s degree in biology (2014) from University of Prince Edward Island, specializing in biomedicine. After graduating, Reed became a Nationally Registered EMT and worked in the Akron/Canton area at the height of the opioid epidemic before enrolling at The University of Akron. Reed joined the lab of Dr. Qin Liu, where he completed his master’s degree in cell and molecular biology (2018), studying the roles of Krüppel-like factors in zebrafish optic nerve regeneration. Reed is interested in studying how bone remodeling differs between males and females with age as well as the similarities to osteoporosis caused by prolonged drug use.


Reed is a Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of EMTs, National Registry of EMTs, Student Affiliate in the Criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a Student Member of both the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology.


To learn more about Reed, see his web curriculum vitae at:

Randi Depp, Doctoral Student & Mentoring Fellow


Randi is a doctoral student in the Andronowski lab. Her academic career began at the University of Findlay, where she obtained a dual bachelor’s in forensic science and criminal justice administration. After graduation, Randi spent several years working in adjacent fields, first as a program assistant at a non-profit focused on domestic violence services, then as a legal assistant and paralegal for medical and pharmaceutical product liability cases. Returning to academics, Randi completed a bachelor’s in biology at Cleveland State University. She then received her master’s in biological and forensic anthropology from Mercyhurst University. There, Randi worked on forensic cases and researched the use of both textile degradation and bacterial community succession to estimate the postmortem interval (PMI) in forensic anthropological cases. As a PhD student at the University of Akron, Randi aims to continue to explore alternative methods for estimating PMI as well as to investigate applications of bone microstructure imaging in forensic casework. 

Randi is a Student Affiliate of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Student Member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. 

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