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Anna Hardin, Ph.D.

Anna Hardin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anatomy

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific - Northwest

Phone: 541-259-0210

Join year: 2022

  • Education

    PhD, Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2018
    BS, Anthropology, cum laude, Macalester College, St Paul, MN, 2012

  • Education Experience

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2018-2020

  • Teaching Experience

    Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Western Oregon University, 2020-2022
    Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Georgia State University, 2017
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Macalester College, 2015

  • Courses


  • Research Interest

    I am interested in the processes that produce variation in living organisms, especially in the teeth and skulls of humans and non-human primates. Genetic variation is an essential component of evolution by natural selection, and I study this variation through statistical modeling of heritabilities and genetic correlations of dental and skeletal shape measurements in several primate populations. I am especially focused on understanding how the distinct functions served by different tooth types have impacted the genetic architecture of teeth and jaws. Variation in developmental processes can also reflect genetic variation and complicate the process by which genes produce phenotypes. I study variation in the development of the human skull to understand how genetic and non-genetic differences in developmental processes can produce substantial variation in the adult face.

  • Research Grant

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013
    University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowship, 2012

  • Awards

    Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat Award Finalist, Craniofacial Biology Group, International Association for Dental Research, 2020
    Albert A. Dahlberg Prize, Dental Anthropology Association, 2011

  • Organizations

    American Association for Anatomy (member)
    American Association of Biological Anthropologists (member)
    Dental Anthropology Association (member)

  • Publications

    Orcid Profile

    Hardin AM, Knigge RP, Duren DL, Mahaney M, Williams-Blangero S, Subedi J, Sherwood RJ. 2022. Genetic influences on dentognathic morphology in the Jirel population of Nepal. The Anatomical Record. Online ahead of print.

    Knigge RP, Hardin AM, Middleton KM, McNulty KP, Oh, HS, Valiathan M, Duren DL, Sherwood RJ. 2022. Craniofacial growth and morphology among intersecting clinical categories. The Anatomical Record. Online ahead of print.

    Hardin AM, Knigge RP, Oh HS, Valiathan M, Duren DL, McNulty KP, Middleton KM, Sherwood RJ. 2021. Estimating craniofacial growth cessation: Comparison of asymptote- and rate-based methods. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 59(2): 230-238.

    Hardin AM. 2020. Genetic correlations in the rhesus macaque dentition. Journal of Human Evolution. 148: 102873.

    Hardin AM, Valiathan M, Oh H, Knigge RP, McNulty KP, Leary EV, Duren DL, Sherwood RJ. 2020. Clinical implications of age-related change in the mandibular plane angle. Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research. 23: 50-58. Featured on the issue cover:

    Hardin AM. 2019. Genetic correlations in the dentition of brown-mantled tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis). American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 169(3): 557-566.

    Hardin AM. 2019. Genetic contributions to dental dimensions in brown-mantled tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis) and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 168(2): 292-302.