David A. Reed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Lab website : reedd.people.uic.edu

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 focuses on understanding how the material properties of skeletal tissue are formed during development, are maintained throughout life, and change as we age. To study this, we look at the relationship between tissue growth and tissue mechanics from both a developmental and disease model perspective. We are particularly interested in the tissues of the orofacial skeleton. We are currently working on understanding how variation in the pattering of enamel crystallite influences fracture mechanics and how variation in mechanobiological signaling regulates cartilage homeostasis in the temporomandibular joint.


  • 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.