Reed Davis, M.Sc., NREMT

Doctoral Student

Integrated Bioscience Program

The University of Akron

Mentoring Fellow

Randi Depp, M.Sc.

Doctoral Student

Integrated Bioscience Program

The University of Akron

Evin Hessel
Master's Student

Evin Hessel, B.S.

Master's Student

Cell and Molecular Biology Program

The University of Akron

Joshua Taylor
Master's Student

Joshua Taylor, B.Sc.

Master's Student

Cancer and Development Program

Memorial University of Newfoundland

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. 

Evin Hessel, Master's Student

Evin is a master’s student in the Andronowski lab. Evin earned her bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology with a minor in forensic anthropology from Kent State University in 2019. During her academic career at Kent, Evin served as a teaching assistant for a forensic archaeological field school taught by Dr. Linda Spurlock. She also traveled to Scotland in the spring of 2019 with Dr. Spurlock to study the mortuary practices of the early 1800s. Evin was also a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and the Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. In May 2020, Evin received the 2019-2020 Distinguished Student Leadership Award for the Department of Anthropology at Kent State University. After graduating, Evin served as an intern at the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office during the spring of 2020, assisting in forensic autopsies and death investigations.

Evin is interested in researching bone trauma and forensic identification techniques, as well as how collagen disorders such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome can affect bone regeneration.

Joshua Taylor, Master's Student

Joshua Taylor is a Master’s student in the Andronowski Lab. researching the bone remodeling process and factors that impact it such as drug use. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at The University of Akron. During his undergraduate career, he assisted various university organizations including the Biological Anthropology and Human Anatomy (BAHA) club. In this organization, he taught aspiring nursing students about human anatomy and informed the public about common sex and age at death estimation techniques. Josh also worked as a medical scribe at the Aultman-Canton Hospital assisting emergency room physicians. He became an undergraduate research assistant in the Andronowski Lab where he worked to curate the Andronowski Skeletal Collection for Histological Research (ASCHR), prepare grants, and assist in various ongoing research projects. Josh is interested in continuing his research aspirations by exploring the effects of opioids, alcohol, and nicotine on the bone remodeling process. 


Josh is currently a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and the Aging Research Centre - Newfoundland and Labrador.