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About Philip Reno

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.


Present Associate Professor of Anatomy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Bio-Medical Sciences


2017 - 2021 Mechanisms of growth plate patterning revealed by natural variation in mammalian ossification
NSF - IOS-1656315
Role: PI
2017 - 2020 Evolution and development of the hominoid wrist
NSF - BCS-1638812
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Douglas Menke (Co-PI)
2017 Doctoral Dissertation Research: Evolution and development of the hominoid thoracolumbar transition
NSF - BCS-1650879
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Allison Machnicki (Co-PI)
2015 - 2017 Doctoral Dissertation Research: Evolutionary and developmental influences on skeletal maturation and internal structure
NSF - BCS-1540418
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Kelsey Kjosness (Co-PI)
2016 Evolution and Development of the Hominoid Thoracolumbar Transition
Wenner-Gren Foundation
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Role: Supervisor
Colleague(s): Allison Machnicki (Ph.D Student)
2009 - 2010 Regulatory architecture of the Androgen Receptor locus in development & evolution
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Post Doctoral Fellowship
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, American Association of Anatomists
Member, American Association of Physical Anthropologists
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  • Embryology
  • Human Anatomy


PhD, Kent State University ‐ Biomedical Sciences
BA, Washington University in St. Louis ‐ Anthropology

Contact Information

P: 215-871-6749


Scholarly Articles (14)

Conferences and Presentations (11)