- PhD Student - Physical
Alicia Grosso studies the effects of age on the formation and propagation of skeletal fractures under slow and fast-load injury mechanisms. Her research is a fusion of museum-based data collection and lab-based experimental design using animal models. Her previous research examined the accuracy of saw mark analysis in bone by examining how measured features (such as the tooth hop, reflecting teeth-per-inch of a saw) may vary based on the tooth type (rip or crosscut). This research emphasized the need for error rates when presenting quantifiable traits (like estimated teeth-per-inch) in the courtroom to increase our confidence in tool class (and potentially individual) identification. While at Mercyhurst, Alicia had the opportunity to work on approximately 50 forensic anthropology cases and continues to pursue forensic research.
Degrees and EducationMS—Forensic and Biological Anthropology—Mercyhurst University (2013)
BS — Applied Forensic Sciences — Forensic Anthropology and Criminalistics/Forensic Biology — Mercyhurst College (2011)