Allison Gremba

  • PhD Granted in 2020

Allison Gremba is a doctoral student in Biological Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. She started the program in 2012, after taking a break after receiving her Master of Science in Forensic Science and Law in 2008. During those four years, Allison was a research technician at an Ear, Nose and Throat research lab. This research provided a well-rounded clinical background in middle ear anatomy, and disease etiology and pathogenesis, which laid the foundation for her dissertation research. Allison’s dissertation research hypothesizes that there is a direct relationship between middle ear disease prevalence, defined by mastoid process hypopneumatization, and an increase in environmental stress over time, to establish mastoid process hypopneumatization as an osseous developmental stress marker. Her research question developed out of a drive to understand how the environment can affect disease processes, how it is reflected within the body, and what it can tell us about past populations.

Degrees and Education

MS - Forensic Science and Law - Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (2008)
BS – Biology - Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (2007)


Gremba, AP and SM Weinberg. 2018. Measuring digit lengths with 3D digital stereophotogrammetry: A comparison across methods. American Journal of Human Biology: e23133.

Gremba AP, Weinberg SM, Swarts JD, and Casselbrant ML. 2016. 2016. Craniofacial shape in children with and without a positive otitis media history. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 84:110-115.

Alper CM, Li-Korotky HS, Lo CY, Cullen Doyle AP, Winther B, Doyle WJ. 2010.  Archives of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, 136(3):281-286.

Doyle WJ, Casselbrant ML, Li-Korotky HS, Cullen Doyle AP, Lo CY, Turner R. Cohen S. 2010. The interleukin 6 -174 C/C genotype predicts greater rhinovirus illness. Journal of Infectious Disease, 201(2):199-206.