Lauren Butaric, Des Moines University Master of Science in Anatomy

Lauren Butaric, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Anatomy

Additional Roles
Associate Professor, Master of Science in Anatomy Program
Associate Professor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program
Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program

515-271-1651 (Office Phone)

Areas of Expertise

Lauren Butaric joined DMU from the University of Missouri, where she was a lecturer and lab instructor in anatomy. Dr. Butaric received her Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Texas A&M University; she also holds a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Her primary research focuses on craniofacial variation in modern humans, specifically the internal structures of the face. Using computed tomography, she assesses the size and 3D shape of the internal nasal cavity and surrounding paranasal sinuses. By looking at globally distributed populations, Dr. Butaric analyzes which factors, such as diverse environmental pressures and/or overall skull shape, play a role in shaping these structures. Her ultimate goal is to better understand not only how, but why we vary as a species.

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Ph.D., Anthropology. Texas A&M University
M.A., Anthropology. Florida Atlantic University
B.A., Anthropology. University of Central Florida

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