Laura Cirillo

Graduate Student
Laura Cirillo


Current status: Ph.D. Candidate
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Mixed Multivariable Models to Improve Dental Age Estimatin in a Worldwide Sample
M.A. Thesis Title: Gaps in Information: What Missing Teeth Mean in Bioarchaeology

Laura Cirillo is a Ph.D. candidate in biological anthropology focusing on the growth and development of modern humans for application in both bioarchaeological and forensic contexts. Her current research uses dentition to develop age estimation models that are representative of global variation with potential application in forensic casework, human rights violations and other crimes against children. Using 3D reconstruction and geometric morphometric analysis, she is applying modern methods to long standing questions of identifying developmental abnormalities and diversity growth. She has dedicated her time outside of research to forensic and bioarchaeological field work, strengthening the potential existing anatomical collections by introducing advanced analysis in a museum setting and collaborating with California tribes on NAGPRA repatriation efforts.

Academic interests

  • Growth and development
  • Age estimation
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Human dentition
  • Diversity


  • M.A., physical anthropology, CSU Chico, 2017
  • B.A., anthropology and sociology, Mills College, 2013
  • B.A., neuroscience and behavior, Mount Holyoke College, 2011