Robert Mann, PhD
Course Director & Forensic Anthropologist
Prior to joining the faculty at JABSOM, Dr. Mann was a forensic anthropologist and Deputy Scientific Director at the Department of Defense Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii. He was the founding Director and primary instructor of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Forensic Science Academy (FSA) from 2007 to 2014. Dr. Mann was an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. from 1988 to 1992 and Assistant Director in Pathology/Assistant Morgue Director at the Shelby County Morgue, University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Memphis, in 1987. Dr. Mann is a board-certified forensic anthropologist and has examined more than 10,000 skeletons and specializes in skeletal variation, bone disease, and trauma. He has assisted with many high profile police, medical examiner, military and civilian cases including victims of serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and Kendall Francois; the Vietnam Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and victims of mass disasters. He is author of numerous scholarly articles and five books on bone disease, forensic anthropology, and variation of the human skeleton.
William Belcher, PhD
Dr. William “Bill” Belcher is an Assistant Professor (Archaeology) at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu. He completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in archaeology and anthropology where his research focused on ethnoarchaeological analysis of fisheries and fish butchery in South Asia, as well as field work and analysis of fish remains from several archaeological sites of the Indus Valley Tradition in Pakistan. Prior to working for UHWO in 2015, Dr. Belcher served 18 years at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory, with his last position as the Deputy Laboratory Director. His research interests are focused on complex cultures, ancient fisheries, South Asia, and ancient northern New England archaeology. Additionally, Dr. Belcher is a board-certified forensic anthropologist (Diplomate No. 66, American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Inc.).
Jennifer Byrnes, PhD
Dr. Byrnes is Assistant Professor of Forensic Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i –West O’ahu. She completed her graduate training at the University at Buffalo in physical anthropology, and joined UHWO in 2014. Dr. Byrnes is the faculty advisor for the Certificate in Applied Forensic Anthropology. Her training has primarily been in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Dr. Byrne’s research interests include paleopathology, trauma, and skeletal biology.
Dave Haymer, PhD
Forensic DNA Scientist
Dr. Haymer is a Professor, Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology, JABSOM, UH Manoa. He has 25+ years of experience using DNA based markers for studies of variation at the level of individuals, populations, and species. Dr. Haymer is a DNA consultant for the Hawaii chapter of the Innocence Project (8+ years). He has extensive experience consulting on DNA testing for paternity and criminal cases for public and private attorneys, including courtroom testimony.
Steven Labrash, CFSP
Anatomical Specimen Specialist
Steve Labrash’s works at the University of Hawaii as the Director of the Willed Body Program. Steve’s passion has always been preservation and as an anatomical embalmer and plastinator he enjoys the opportunity to improve the science of preservation. Steven is a faculty member with the John A. Burns School of Medicine as an Assistant Specialist Professor. Steven is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomist (AACA) and the International Society for Plastination (ISP).
Scott Lozanoff, PhD
Dr. Lozanoff’s research and teaching expertise is in the area of anatomy and anatomical modeling. His PhD training at the Ohio State University School of Medicine was in the area of computer modeling of growth and this expertise extended into his postdoctoral experience where he developed software for predictive growth modeling in orthodontic patients at the University of British Columbia School of Dentistry. As a junior faculty member, this experience translated into funding aimed at developing and applying software for predictive growth modeling eventually translating into a commercial product that was used extensively for both basic medical research and clinical applications. This work was funded continuously for over 25 years and produced several peer-related publications, book chapters and student research projects. Dr. Lozanoff has served as a Chairman at the John A. Burns School of Medicine for over 20 years and has taught anatomy to hundreds of medical students while also providing research mentoring for many graduate, medical, allied medial and undergraduate students.