Cirriculum Vitae

CURRENT POSITION

2019-Present Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University


EDUCATION
2014-Present Ph.D. Student, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri
                       Advisor: Carol V. Ward

                       Thesis: "Foot and ankle functional morphology in anthropoid primates and Miocene hominoids"
2014              M.S., Forensic and Biological Anthropology, Mercyhurst University
                       Thesis: “Covariation in modern human frontal and browridge morphologies”
                       Advisor: Heather M. Garvin, Luis L. Cabo
2012              B.A., Biological Anthropology, Boston University
                       Thesis: “The effect of the Achilles tendon on trabecular structure in the primate calcaneus”
                       Advisor: Jeremy M. DeSilva

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
2015             L’Abbé EN, Symes SA, Pokines JT, Cabo LL, Stull KE, Kuo S, Raymond DE, Randolph-Quinney PS, and Berger LR. Evidence of fatal skeletal                         injuries on Malapa Hominins 1 and 2. Sci Rep 5.
2013             Kuo S, DeSilva JM, Devlin MJ, Macdonald G, and Morgan EF. The effect of the Achilles tendon on trabecular structure in the primate                                         calcaneus. Anat Rec 296(10): 1509-1517.

PEER-REVIEWED ABSTRACTS

2018             Granatosky MC, Laird MF, Kuo S, Alemseged Z, Ross CF. An XROMM analysis of midfoot mobility in non-human primates. Am J Phys                                     Anthropol 165(S66): 104.
                     Kuo S, Patel BA, Orr CM, Ward CV. Functional morphology of the anthropoid hindfoot. Am J Phys Anthropol 165(S66): 148.
                     Kuo S, Patel BA, Orr CM, Ward CV. Functional morphology of the anthropoid primate hindfoot. Int Comp Biol 58(S1): 93.

2017             Kuo S, Gidmark NJ, Ward CV. Three-dimensional subastragalar rotation in Macaca using XROMM. Am J Phys Anthropol 162(S64): 252-253.
                     McGechie F, Kuo S, Ward CV. Three-dimensional analysis of the distal humerus in catarrhines with implications for Miocene locomotor diversity.                       Am J Phys Anthropol 162(S64): 282-283.
2016             Kuo S, Ward CV, Kimbel WH, Congdon KA, Johanson DC. Functional morphology of the fourth metatarsal in monkeys, apes, and                                              Australopithecus afarensis. Am J Phys Anth. American J Phys Anthropol 159(S62): 198-199.
2016             Kuo S, Middleton KM. Estimating mechanical properties of penguin wing feathers. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56(S1): e319.
2015             Kuo S, Cabo L, and Garvin H. Frontal and Browridge Covariation in Modern Humans. Am J Phys Anthropol 156(S60): 195.
2015             Kuo S, Kimbel WH, Johanson DC, Congdon KA and Ward CV. Three-dimensional functional morphology of the Australopithecus afarensis                               fourth metatarsal. FASEB J 29(1S): 701.3.
2014             Meyers, PL, Kuo S, Schultz J, and Symes SA. An Analysis of Process Signatures to Burn Progression of Human Bodies During Commercial                             Cremation. Presented at the 66th Annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA.
2013             Kuo S, DeSilva JM, Devlin MJ, Macdonald G, and Morgan EF. “The Effect of the Achilles Tendon on Trabecular Structure in the Primate                                     Calcaneus. Am J Phys Anth 150(S56): 174.

REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS
2015             Kuo S, Kimbel WH, Johanson DC, Congdon KA and Ward CV. “Three-dimensional functional morphology of the Australopithecus afarensis                             fourth metatarsal” at the University of Missouri Life Sciences Week Symposium, Columbia, MO.
2012             Kuo S, DeSilva JM. “The Effect of the Achilles Tendon on Trabecular Structure in the Primate Calcaneus” at the Northeast Undergraduate                                 Research and Development Symposium, Biddeford, ME.

FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

2019             Koobi Fora, Kenya, Koobi Fora Field School

2014             Kanapoi, Kenya, West Turkana Paleo Project

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014-2019  Consulting Forensic Anthropologist, Boone County Medical Examiners Office, Columbia, MO

2013-2014  Deputy Quality Assurance Manager, Department of Applied Forensic Sciences, Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
2012-2014  Personnel, Department of Applied Forensic Sciences, Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
2011-2012  Research Student, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
2010           Trainee, Central Institute of Forensic Science, Bangkok, Thailand

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2015-2017   Teaching Assistant, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri
                        Gross Anatomy Blocks I-IV, M1 Medical School
2014            Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Forensic Sciences, Mercyhurst University
                        Recovery and Interpretation of the Mass Disaster Scene
2013             Instructor, Department of Applied Forensic Sciences, Mercyhurst University
                        Field Methods in the Location, Recovery, and Interpretation of Human Remains from Outdoor Contexts
                        Laboratory Methods in the Identification of Human Skeletal Remains
                        Analysis of Bone Trauma and Pseudo-Trauma in Suspected Violent Deaths
                        Recovery and Interpretation of the Fatal Fire Scene
2013             Teaching Assistant, Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute, Mercyhurst University
                        Paleoanthropology

GRANTS
2014-Present University of Missouri Life Sciences Fellowship ($100,000)
2014              American Association of Physical Anthropology Pollitzer Travel Award ($500)
2014              Mercyhurst University Student Research Grant ($200)
2013              Mercyhurst University Student Research Grant ($200)
2012-2014     Mercyhurst University Graduate Assistantship ($14,500)
2012              Boston University Women Scholars Grant ($7,000)
2011-2012     Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant ($3,000)
2011               Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, Bureau of International Education ($3,500)

AWARDS
2016               Honorable Mention for the Best Student Presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting
2015               Third Place in the University of Missouri Life Sciences Week poster session (Genetics, Evolution, and Environment section)
2012               First recipient of the Boston University Anthropology Excellence in Research Award

OUTREACH
2015-2018      Dinosaurs and Cavemen Science Expo, Presenter
2015-2018      Scrub-in to a Health Career, Instructor
2014-2017      High School Anatomy Field Trip Education Outreach, Assistant Instructor
2014-2017      CALEB Science Program
2014-2015      Soaring into Science: University of Missouri ReSTEM Institute in Public Schools, Presenter 
 
SERVICE
2015-2018     Secretary, Integrated Anatomy Student Association