David A. Reed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Education & Career

  • University of Chicago, PhD, Integrative Biology, 2012
  • Postdoctoral research scholar, University of Illinois at Chicago, Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics, 2012-2013

Clinical and Research Interests

My research uses interdisciplinary methods to understand variance in the material properties of bone and teeth. I am interested in both the molecular mechanisms responsible for generating this variance, and the consequence of this variance on the biomechanical behavior of the tissue. I am currently pursuing this research in two functional systems, the mandibular condylar cartilage and in tooth enamel, using approaches from both a disease model and evolutionary perspective.


  • OSCI 544 - Advanced Craniofacial Anatomy


The Biomechanics of Mastication

Reed, David A., and Callum F. Ross. "The influence of food material properties on jaw kinematics in the primate, Cebus." Archives of Oral Biology 55.12 (2010): 946-962.

Ross, Callum F., David A. Reed, Rhyan L. Washington, Alison Eckhardt, Fred Anapol, and Nazima Shahnoor. "Scaling of chew cycle duration in primates."American journal of physical anthropology 138, no. 1 (2009): 30-44.

Ross, C. F., A. L. Baden, J. Georgi, Anthony Herrel, K. A. Metzger, D. A. Reed, Vicky Schaerlaeken, and M. S. Wolff. "Chewing variation in lepidosaurs and primates." The Journal of Experimental Biology 213, no. 4 (2010): 572-584.

Ross, Callum F., Rhyan L. Washington, Alison Eckhardt, David A. Reed, Erin R. Vogel, Nathaniel J. Dominy, and Zarin P. Machanda. "Ecological consequences of scaling of chew cycle duration and daily feeding time in Primates." Journal of human evolution 56, no. 6 (2009): 570-585.

The Evolution and Development of the Temporomandibular Joint

Reed, D.A.; Scapino, R.; Ross, C.F.; Chen, D.; Diekwisch, T.H. Developmental and evolutionary perspectives on fibrous cartilage in TMJ tissue engineering. Treatment of TMDs: Bridging the Gap Between Advances in Research and Clinical Patient Management. (2013) Quintessence Publishing. Chicago, IL

Finite Element Analysis and Material Properties

Reed, David A., Laura B. Porro, Jose Iriarte-Diaz, Justin B. Lemberg, Casey M. Holliday, Fred Anapol, and Callum F. Ross. "The impact of bone and suture material properties on mandibular function in Alligator mississippiensis: testing theoretical phenotypes with finite element analysis." Journal of Anatomy 218, no. 1 (2011): 59-74.