Principal Investigator

Janna M. Andronowski, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Janna Andronowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

The University of Akron


Dr. Andronowski is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anatomy in the Division of BioMedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). She is also the provincial Forensic Anthropologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in St. John's, NL, and Anatomy Lead for Undergraduate Medical Education at MUN. Her research focuses on the high-resolution 3D imaging of bone microstructure and the related study of bone adaptation, aging, and disease. Her research goals are centered at the interface of bone biology, biological anthropology, forensic science, and high-resolution imaging. A significant emphasis of Dr. Andronowski's research program is the study of cortical bone remodeling through the imaging of cortical porosity. She received her B.A. and B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University, M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From 2016-2017 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training group in Health Research Using Synchrotron Techniques (CIHR-THRUST). Dr. Andronowski was formerly a research intern with the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City (NYC-OCME), and a research assistant at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Forensic Research, and the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth, UK.

Dr. Andronowski's bone adaptation research has been funded federally by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), and provincially by the Aging Research Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), and internally by Memorial University of Newfoundland's Medical Research Fund and Seed Grant programs.


She has over twelve years of experience working in forensic science-based laboratories (e.g., the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Forensic Research, and the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville). She also has taught a variety of courses and provided public outreach lectures in aspects of forensic science to a diverse audience including law enforcement, undergraduate and graduate students, death investigators, high school students, and forensic scientists.


Dr. Andronowski is a Member in the Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Canadian Association for Biological Anthropology, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and the Aging Research Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador.