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Kimberly D. Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


email: kdw09@temple.edu
Office/laboratory telephone: 215-204-4501

2015–2016 Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Archaeology

Sultan Qaboos University
Muscat, Oman


Research:

My scholarship focuses on the field of skeletal biology. My work explores human biological variation in both contemporary and archaeological populations. By graduate training, I am a bioarchaeologist, and I ask questions about ancient human biology by excavating and analyzing archaeological human skeletal remains. By post-doctoral training, I am a genetic epidemiologist, specializing in questions surrounding environmental and genetic contributions to human skeletal growth and development and disease status. The common principles of bone biology between living and past populations unite my research from disparate time periods and geographical locations. Direct observation of growth and development in living populations allows me to explore avenues that influence human biology (beyond growth and development this also includes health and disease status) which cannot be explored using the skeletal remains from past peoples. These observations include longitudinal assessment of growth and development, some cultural practices that influence growth and disease, and the genetics behind normal skeletal development and skeletal dysmorphology. Similarly, my work with archaeological populations expands knowledge about ancient human biology and human variation in the past. By conducting research in both contemporary and archaeological populations, I hope to demonstrate the commonalities/dissimilarities between the past and the present and develop a comprehensive view of aspects of skeletal biology that cannot be explored in only living or only past populations.

Social, Spatial, and Bioarchaeological Histories of Ancient Oman (SoBO Project)


Honors and Awards:

External:

2015-2016 Fulbright Grant, U.S. Scholar Program, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. “Geospatial Bioarchaeology of the Ancient Oman Mortuary Landscapes.”

2013-2016 National Science Foundation. “Collaborative Research: Negotiating identity and building the landscape: 3rd millennium BC mortuary traditions in Bronze Age Oman.” Collaboration with Dr. Lesley Gregoricka, University of South Alabama (isotope specialist).

2007-2009 National Institutes of Health, Loan Repayment Program, Pediatric Health Research.

2006-2009 National Institutes of Health, NICHD, National Research Service Award. “Genetic Epidemiology of BDA3 in an Endogamous Population.”

2004-2005 National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

2004-2005 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.

Internal:

2015 Temple University, Office of the Vice President for Research Administration, Seed Funding. “The Temple University Jiri Growth Study.”

2015 Temple University, Office of the Vice President for Research Administration, Bridge Funding. “Retrospective Landscape Bioarchaeology of the Mohr Site: A Late Woodland Mortuary Context from Eastern Pennsylvania.”

2015 Temple University, Teaching and Learning Center, Provost’s Teaching Academy.

2014-2015 Temple University, Teaching and Learning Center, STEM Education Faculty Teaching Circle.

2014-2015 Temple University, Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) Faculty Fellowship. “Landscapes of Death: Negotiating Identity and Building Mortuary Landscapes in Bronze Age Oman.”

2014 Temple University, Center for Scholars Program, Center Fellow.

2012-2013 Temple University, Grant-in-Aid. “Geospatial bioarchaeology of 3rd Millennium BC Mortuary Traditions in Ancient Magan (Oman).”

2011-2012 Temple University, Faculty Mentoring and Development (Grant Academy).

2010-2011 Temple University, Faculty Senate Seed Grant. “Bioarchaeology of third millennium BC tombs in Oman.”

2010 Temple University, The Iris and Gene Rotberg Undergraduate Research Humanities Award, Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). “The Jiri Growth and Bone Strength Study.”


Selected publications:

Williams KD
, Subedi J, Jha B, Blangero J, Williams-Blangero S, Towne B. 2015. Quantitative Physical Activity of Children and Adolescents in a Rural Population from Eastern Nepal. American Journal of Human Biology (in press).

Williams KD
, Blangero J, Mahaney MC, Subedi J, Jha B, Williams-Blangero S, Towne B. 2015. Axial Quantitative Ultrasound Assessment of Pediatric Bone Quality in Eastern Nepal. Osteoporosis International (in press, DOI 10.1007/s00198-015-3115-0).

Williams KD, Steimer-Herbet T, Gregoricka L, Saliege J-F, McCorriston J. 2014. Bioarchaeological Analyses of 3rd Millennium BC High Circular Tower Tombs in Dhofar, Oman. Journal of Oman Studies 18:153-173.

McCorriston J, Harrower M, Steimer-Herbet T, Williams KD, Senn M, Al-Hadhari M, Al-Kathiri M, Saliege J-F, Everhart J. 2014. Monuments and Landscape of Mobile Pastoralists: The Dhofar Monument Survey, 2009-2011. Journal of Oman Studies 18:117-144.

Williams KD, Blangero J, Subedi J, Jha B, Dyer TD, VandeBerg JL, Towne B, Williams-Blangero S. 2013. Non-Syndromic Brachydactyly Type D and Type E Mapped to 7p15 in Healthy Children and Adults from the Jirel Ethnic Group in Eastern Nepal. American Journal of Human Biology 25:743-750.

Williams KD and Gregoricka L. 2013. Social, Spatial, and Bioarchaeological Histories of Ancient Oman: Mortuary Archaeology of Dhank, Oman, 2009-2013. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 24:134-150.

Williams KD, Nahhas RW, Cottom CR, Lawrence S, Subedi J, Jha B, Blangero J, Williams-Blangero S, Towne B. 2012. Evaluation of Qualitative Methods for Phenotyping Brachymesophalangia–V from Radiographs of Children. American Journal of Human Biology 24(1):68-73.

Williams-Blangero S, Criscione C, Anderson TJ, VandeBerg JL, Correa-Oliveira R, Williams KD, Subedi J, Kent J, Williams J, Kumar S, Blangero J. 2012. Host Genetics and Population Structure Effects on Parasitic Disease. Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B 367(1590):887-894.

McCorriston J, Steimer-Herbet T, Harrower M, Williams KD, Saliege J-F, Bin 'Aqil A. 2011. Gazetteer of Small Scale Monuments in Prehistoric Hadramawt, Yemen: A Radiocarbon Chronology from RASA-AHSD Project Research, 1996-2008. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 22:1-22.

Lee M, Choh AC, Williams KD, Schroeder V, Dyer TD, Blangero J, Cole SA, Chumlea WC, Duren DL, Sherwood RJ, Siervogel RM, Towne B, Czerwinski. 2011. Genome-Wide Linkage Scan for Quantitative Trait Loci Underlying Normal Variation in Heel Bone Ultrasound Measures. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging 16(1):8-13.

Criscione CD, Anderson JD, Sudimack D, Subedi J, Upadhayay RP, Jha B, Williams KD, Williams-Blangero S, Anderson TJC. 2010. Landscape Genetics Reveals Focal Transmission of Human Macroparasite. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 4:e665.

Towne B, Williams KD, Blangero J, Czerwinski SA, Demerath EW, Dyer T, Cole SA, Lee M, Choh AC, Duren DL, Sherwood RJ, Chumlea WC, Siervogel RM. 2008. Presentation, Heritability, and Genome-Wide Linkage Analysis of the Mid-Childhood Growth Spurt in Healthy Children from the Fels Longitudinal Study. Human Biology 80(6):623-636.

Choh AC, Demerath EW, Lee M, Williams KD, Towne B, Siervogel RM, Cole SA, Czerwinski SA. 2008. Genetic Analysis of Self-Reported Physical Activity and Adiposity: The Southwest Ohio Family Study. Public Health Nutrition 9:1-9.

Towne B, Williams KD, Blangero J, Czerwinski SA, Demerath EW, Dyer T, Cole SA, Lee M, Choh AC, Duren DL, Sherwood RJ, Chumlea WC, Siervogel RM. 2008. Presentation, Heritability, and Genome-Wide Linkage Analysis of the Mid-Childhood Growth Spurt in Healthy Children from the Fels Longitudinal Study. Human Biology 80(6):623-636.

Williams KD, Blangero J, Cottom, CR, Lawrence S, Choh AC, Czerwinski S, Lee M, Duren DL, Sherwood RJ, Dyer TD, Subedi J, Jha B, Williams-Blangero S, Towne B. 2007. Heritability of Brachydactyly Type A3 in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults from an Endogamous Population in Eastern Nepal. Human Biology 79(6):609-622.

Williams KD, El-Najjar MY, Rose JC, Al-Koufahi H, King MJ, Al-Awad F. 2004. Skeletal Biology. In Sa'ad: A Late Roman/Byzantine Site in North Jordan, edited by Jerome C. Rose and Dolores L. Burke, pp. 149-180. Yarmouk University Publications, Deanship of Research and Graduate Research.

Rose JC, El-Najjar MY, Williams KD, Turshan N. 2004. Cemeteries and Contents. In Sa'ad: A Late Roman/Byzantine Site in North Jordan, edited by Jerome C. Rose and Dolores L. Burke, pp. 43-98. Yarmouk University Publications, Deanship of Research and Graduate Research.


Most up-to-date information can be found at:

temple.academia.edu/KimberlyWilliams

www.researchgate.net/profile/Kimberly_Williams5/?ev=hdr_xprf


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