Cheryl Hill, PhD


Dr. Hill is an anthropologist and anatomist interested in exploring the evolutionary and developmental processes underlying the morphology of the human skull. Using imaging technology (i.e., computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) she has studied human, murine, primate and fossil hominid craniofacial morphology. Her research follows two directions. First, she works on projects studying the growth, development and evolution of the temporal bone, specifically the air cells within the temporal bone. Second, she is involved with projects that examine the effects of specific mutations, such as the mutations that cause Down syndrome and Apert syndrome, on the shape of the skull and the brain.

Academic Information

Assistant Professor
P. 573-882-1201

Research Interests

  • Evolution
  • Morphology
  • Imaging technology

Education & Training


Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia

Post-Graduate School

Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 2008


  • Hill CA, Martinez-Abadias N, Motch S, Austin JR, Richtsmeier JT, Wang Y, Jabs EW, Aldridge, K (accepted) Growth of the skull and brain in a mouse model for Apert syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A.
  • Hill CA (2011) Ontogenetic change in temporal bone pneumatization in humans. Anatomical Record 294: 1103-1115.
  • Hill CA, Vaddi S, Moffitt AJ, Kane AA, Marsh JL, Panchel J, Richtsmeier JT, Aldridge K (2011) Intracranial volume and whole brain volume in infants with unicoronal craniosynostosis. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal 48: 394-398.