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MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA


Associate Professor –C.A.S.E.

Adjunct Associate Professor – Department of Pathology

Office Location:
School of Medicine 
M403 Schwitalla Hall
email: tersignitarrant@slu.edu

314-977-8043 

Education:

  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    • Doctorate of Philosophy in Anthropology - 2005
      • Dissertation: Serial Long Bone Histology: Inter- and Intra- Bone Age Estimation
    • Masters of Arts in Anthropology - 2002
      • Thesis: Frozen Human Bone: A Histological Analysis
  • Michigan State University
    • Bachelor of Science in Anthropology - 2000
    • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology - 2000


International Certification:

Diplomate-American Board of Forensic Anthropology (Diplomate Number 98)


Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Medical Courses:
    • Introduction to Clinical Anatomy Module (A-100) 2014-present 
  • Graduate Courses:
    • Human Embryology (ANAT-5200) 2015-present
    • Human Histology and Ultrastructure (ANAT-5100) 2015-present
  • Service Courses:
    • Human Gross Anatomy for Physician Assistants (ANAT-4100) 2015-Present
    • Gross Anatomy for AHP (ANAT-4000) 2015-Present

Faculty Appointments:

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

  • Center For Anatomical Science and Education (Department of Surgery
    • Associate Professor of Anatomy: 2015- Present
    • Director of Morgue and Human Anatomy Lab Operations: 2015-Present
  • Department of Pathology
    • Adjunct Associate Professor: 2014- Present
    • Co-Director of Forensic Education: 2014- Present

Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Tersigni-Tarrant MA. Book Review: Bone Histology: An Anthropological Perspective. J. Forensic Sci. 2011
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Zachow R. Antemortem Pathological Changes Suggestive of Reactive and Degenerative Arthritic Disorders. Accepted for publication by the International Journal of Osteoarcheaology on 5 November 2010. Print version released in 2011.  2011
  • Tersigni MA. Frozen Human Bone: A Histological Analysis. J. Forensic Sci. 52(1):16-20.  2007

Peer Reviewed Abstracts

  • Sex and Ancestry Determination: Assessing the “Gestalt”.  Berg GE and Tersigni-Tarrant MA. Oral Presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. 2014
  • Histology at the Central Identification Laboratory as a Method to Analyze Pathological Conditions in Modern Human Osseous Remains. Koel-Abt K and Tersigni-Tarrant MA. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Seattle WA. 2014
  • The use of bone histomorphology at the Central Identification Laboratory to remove non-human remains from CIL accessions. Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Byrd JE. Oral presentation . American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington DC. 2013
  • Test of Osteon Circularity as a method of Human/Non-human identification. Oral presentation. Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Byrd JE. Oral Presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill. 2011
  • Osteon Area and Circularity: A method for the assessment for human and non-human fragmentary remains. Tersigni MA, Michael AR and Byrd, JE. Oral Presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meetings, Washington DC. 2008
  • Osteon Area Measurements- A Validation Study. Tersigni MA, Michael AR, Heard A, Malone C, and Byrd JE. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meetings, Washington DC. 2008
  • Racial Admixture: A test of non-metric ancestry estimation. Tersigni MA, Caldwell LL, and Manhein MH. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meetings, Washington DC. 2008
  • Infant Bone Fracture: The Antemortem Histological Evidence. Poster Presentation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Seattle WA. 2006
  • Serial Bone Histology: Inter- and Intra-Bone Age Estimation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 2005
  • Frozen Human Bone: A Histological Analysis. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting,  Chicago, IL . 2003
  • Microscopes and Spectrometry: Identifying Fragmentary Human and Canid Bone. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting Seattle, WA. 2001

Textbooks and TextBook chapters

  • Tersigni-Tarrant  MA and Shirley NR (eds.) Forensic Anthropology: A Comprehensive Introduction, Second Edition. Taylor and Francis Publishing.   (in prep) 2017
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MA Blunt force trauma associated with a fall from heights.  In Passalacqua NV and Rainwater CWCW (eds.) Skeletal Trauma Analysis- Case Studies in Context. Wiley Publishers. 2015
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.)  Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction. Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MA and NR Shirley.  Brief History of Forensic Anthropology.  In Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.) Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction.  Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012
  • Holland TD and Tersigni-Tarrant, MA.  Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command/ Central Identification Laboratory History.  In Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.) Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction.  Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012 
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MA and NR Shirley.  Forensic Anthropology Today.  In Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.) Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction.  Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MA and NR Shirley.  Human Osteology.  In Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.) Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction.  Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012
  • Shirley NR,  Fazlollah AE,  and Tersigni-Tarrant MA.   Age Estimation Methods.  In Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.) Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction.  Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012
  • Pokines JT and Tersigni-Tarrant MA.  Taphonomic Processes: Animal Scavenging.  In Tersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.) Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction.  Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MATaphonomic Processes: Analysis of Fragmentary Skeletal Remains.  InTersigni-Tarrant MA and Shirley NR (eds.)Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction.  Taylor and Francis Publishing. 2012
  • Marks MK and Tersigni MA Time since death estimation in medicolegal investigation of death. In Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. J Payne-James, R Byard, T Corey, and C Henderson (eds.) Elsevier Science 2005

 

Professional Service:

Missouri Disaster Response System (MoDRS)

  • Forensic Anthropologist- Anthropology Lead
    • Offer scene recovery and analysis of human remains in various taphonomic states, including skeletonized, decomposed, burned and fragmented remains, during MoDRS Disaster responses.   This service is provided on an as needed basis when mobilized by the Missouri State Government. 

St. Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Forensic Anthropology Consultant
    • Offer scene recovery and analysis of human remains in various taphonomic states, including skeletonized, decomposed, burned and fragmented remains, presented in case report format for use in the medicolegal setting.  This service is provided on a consultant basis through Skeletal Identification Services, LLC.

Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory, Hickam, AFB.

  • External Expert Consultant, Histology
    • Competency and proficiency test histological lab techs and histological analysts on a yearly basis; conduct histological training for the laboratory; review histological casework; review and update SOP for histological analysis and help to maintain the histological laboratory and equipment.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

  • Forensic Anthropologist for the State of Georgia at large
    • Offer scene recovery and analysis of human remains in various taphonomic states, including skeletonized, decomposed, burned and fragmented remains, presented in case report format for use in the medicolegal setting.  This service is provided on a consultant basis through Skeletal Identification Services, LLC.

Associations:

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences  2001 - Present (Promoted to Fellow in 2012)
  • American Association of Physical Anthropology  2012 – Present
  • American Board of Forensic Anthropology- Diplomate  2013 – Present
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists     2015 - Present
  • Missouri State Anatomical Board Member  2015-Present

Honor and Awards:

  • Medical College of Georgia Exemplary Teaching Award for Medical Student Education 2010 - 2011
  • ORISE Post-Doctoral Fellow, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command 2005-2006
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee 2005
  • William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Endowment Award, University of Tennessee 2003
  • Forensic Graduate Assistantship (Molecular Genetics), University of Tennessee 2002 - 2003
  • Stephen Olah Memorial Scholarship Recipient, University of Tennessee 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity Member, University of Tennessee 2001 - 2005
  • Gwen Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship, Michigan State University 2000
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University 2000