Alumni Spotlight: Claudia Astorino


Claudia's undergraduate education at Marywood focused more on molecular biology and genetics and now as a physical anthropologist she studies human bones and teeth to learn about how humans have evolved.

Claudia Astorino, B.S. Biotechnology (2007), has been working on her PhD. research in the interdisciplinary NYCEP (New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology) graduate program, affiliated with the City University of New York, New York University, Columbia University and other NYC institutions.

Her undergraduate education at Marywood focused more on molecular biology and genetics and now as a physical anthropologist she studies human bones and teeth to learn about how humans have evolved, how much biological variations exist across the human population, how our bodies have changed over time in response to out environment and how to use what we know about human skeletons to identify remains in a forensic setting.

Throughout her career she has experienced excavations and analysis of Medieval burial remains in Germany and Poland, identification of skeletal remains in forensic cases as a visiting researcher in the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in NYC, a month long intensive training program in forensic anthropology at the Forensic Science Institute at Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA), collaborative research on human molar developement, collaborative research on human ancestral remains at a Korean fossil locality and many academic conferences on human evolution and skeletal biology in Chicago, Albuquerque, Minneapolis and Portland.