John Starbuck

Dr. John Starbuck is an Assistant Professor specializing in biological anthropology. His research interests include computer imaging and image analysis, morphometrics, anthropometry, craniofacial morphological variation, human health and variation, growth and development, osteology, forensic facial reproduction, sexual dimorphism, animal models for human conditions, and applications of 3D imaging and morphometric approaches to material culture depicting congenital anomalies. Most of Dr. Starbuck’s research to date has focused on Down syndrome and individuals born with cleft lip and palate. However, Dr. Starbuck is interested in other conditions affecting the craniofacial complex and the use of 3D imaging to analyze post-cranial morphology.

Working with Dr. StarbuckJohn Starbuck

Dr. Starbuck’s research consists of several steps. 1) Images are acquired from populations of interest using a 3D imaging modality. 2) 3D images are analyzed in the morphometrics lab by collecting anatomical landmark coordinates and measuring specific regions or structures of interest. 3) Morphometric approaches are then used to quantify differences between populations of interest and to interpret those differences within some type of framework (e.g., developmental, social, historical, growth, sex-based, congenital anomalies, genetic or environmental effects, treatment effects, etc.).

Dr. Starbuck would like to supervise both undergraduate and graduate students (e.g. MA, HIM, McNair, RAMP, FIRE, etc.) who are interested in the intersection of human health, morphometric variation, and 3D imaging. Students will be expected to: 1) maintain a consistent schedule to accomplish data collection goals, 2) apply for research funding opportunities, 3) present research at conferences, and 4) develop manuscript(s) for publication. Students who accomplish these tasks will be prepared for future success in graduate school and a variety of other careers.

Dr. Starbuck’s lab is located on the University of Central Florida’s Orlando campus (OTC 600 room 269). Dr. Starbuck can be reached at john.starbuck@ucf.edu if you have additional questions.

Dr. Starbuck is looking for graduate students with an interest in:

  • Biological/physical anthropology
  • Morphometrics/anthropometry
  • Quantitative analyses
  • 3D imaging modalities
  • Human faces and skulls, craniofacial health and variation
  • Genetic and/or environmental perturbations (particularly Down syndrome/trisomy 21)
  • Animal models for human conditions

Examples of research projects conducted by Dr. Starbuck’s students:

  • A Three-Dimensional Analysis of Maxillary Sinusitis (Mucosal Thickening) in Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Sexual Dimorphism of the Craniofacial Skeleton: 3D CBCT Analysis of Sinuses and Airspaces of the Skull
  • Three-Dimensional Analyses of Craniofacial and Oronasal Phenotypes in Ts65Dn Down Syndrome Mice Treated with EGCG, a Dyrk1a Inhibitor
  • 3D CBCT Analysis of the Frontal Sinus and its Relationship to Forensic Identification
  • 3D face imaging

  • Dr. Starbuck visiting Tanzania

  • 3D imaging with facial landmarks

  • Having fun testing 3D facial imaging