Andrea Stevens4th Year Ph.D Student
Bayer School of Natural and Environemental Science
Pollock Lab, Mellon Hall 222
Education:M.S. Human Biology, Chatham University, 2012
B.S. Biological Sciences, Duquesne University, 2009
While at Duquesne University pursuing my undergraduate education, I volunteered in Dr. Lampe's lab as well as Dr. Anne Burrow's lab focusing in forensic anthropology. While in Dr. Burrow's lab, I specifically studied sex identification characteristics of the human patellar bone and presented an abstract at the Journal of Physical Anthropology's annual conference. After graduating, I spent a year in optometry school where I decided I did not want to be in the field and instead wanted to be back in research. I entered Chatham University's M.S. Human Biology program in the fall of 2010 where I completed my thesis as well as a graduate assistantship. My G.A. focused on supplemental instruction in the human cadaver laboratory for graduate level human gross anatomy courses and graduate level neuroscience laboratories. I completed my thesis in a joint program with Dr. David Fraser of Chatham and Dr. Julie Fiez of the University of Pittsburgh. It was at Pitt where I studied a newer magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique called susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) which measures iron concentration in the basal ganglia of Parkinson's Disease patients. After graduation, I spent one year at Allegheny Singer Research Institute in Pittsburgh, PA as a research assistant. I studied clinical research in cardiology and cardiac MRI under Robert Biederman, MD.