Guinevere E Granite


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Director of Human Anatomy
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
human anatomical variations
bog bodies
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Ph.D., Physical Anthropology, University at Buffalo (UB) SUNY, Buffalo, NY 2009-2012

M.A., Physical Anthropology, UB SUNY, Buffalo, NY 2007-2009

M.S., Forensic Science, Concentration: Advanced Investigation, University of New Haven, Sacramento, CA 2005-2006

B.S., Anthropology, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 2001-2005


Guinevere Granite received her BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College (2005), her MS in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven (2006), and her MA (2009) and PhD (2012) in Physical Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Currently, she is the Director of Human Anatomy and an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology in the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Granite also has dual appointments in the Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics department as well as with the Graduate School of Nursing at USUHS. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Anthropology in Forensic Investigations at the University of Maryland, Global Campus (UMGC). In 2017, she received the Professional Achievement Award from UMGC and was featured on the Smithsonian Channel documentary Secrets: Bog Bodies (Season 4, Episode 7). In 2019, she founded the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) at USUHS and serves as the American Association of Medical Colleges GWIMS Representative. Also in 2019, she received the Dean’s Faculty Impact Award. Since 2018, Dr. Granite has served as a Board Member on the Maryland State Anatomy Board. In 2021, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the Dean's Faculty Teaching Award. In 2021, she also received a Research Infrastructure & Services USU Intramural Research Award to enhance the traditional anatomy education method of cadaveric dissection to a blended education framework involving computer-based, virtual reality and augmented reality 3-D learning methods in addition to cadaveric dissection. She served as the Co-Chair for the Education Committee of the Faculty Senate in 2021 to 2022, as well as the Executive Curriculum Committee School of Medicine Chair Representative. In 2022, she was elected as Faculty Senate President Elect, received the Outstanding Pre-Clerkship Teaching Award from the USUHS School of Medicine Class of 2023, and received the Outstanding Civilian Teaching Award from the USUHS School of Medicine Class of 2022. In 2023, she received the Outstanding Pre-Clerkship Faculty Award from the USUHS School of Medicine Class of 2024. Her research interests include Human Anatomical Variations, Northern European Bog Bodies, and Advanced Surgical Skills Exposures for Trauma (ASSET) Study Research.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Outstanding Pre-Clerkship Faculty Award 2023 - Awarded By the School of Medicine Class of 2024

Outstanding Pre-Clerkship Faculty Award 2022 - Awarded by the School of Medicine Class of 2023

Outstanding Civilian Teaching Award 2022 - Awarded by the School of Medicine Class of 2022

Dean's Faculty Teaching Award 2021

Gold Humanism Honor Society Faculty Inductee 2021

Research Infrastructure & Services USU Intramural Research Award "Blended Learning in Clinical Anatomy Education Collaborative Research" 2021

Dean's Faculty Impact Award 2019

Innovation in Excellence Award, "The Application of Google Chromebooks and Articulate Presentations in the Advancement of Anatomical Education" 2017

"Blended Learning in Clinical Anatomy Education Collaborative Research", Principal Investigator 2021-present

Essential Anatomy for Medical Clerkships Survey Research Study, Co-Investigator 2018-present


Granite G, Maynes E, Leighton MX, Wind G, Nesti L, et al. 2022. Bilateral Agenesis of the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle of a 70 Year-Old White Male Donor. J Surg 7(2): 1470-1475. DOI: 10.29011/2575-9760.001470.

Granite G, Wind G, Leighton X. Palmaris Longus Inversus Muscle Present Bilaterally in an 82-Year-old Cadaver and Unilaterally in a 68 Year-old Cadaver. International Journal of Cadaveric Studies and Anatomical Variations. 2021. 2(1):18-23.

Mackenzie CF, Yang S, Garofalo E, Hu P F-M, Watts D, Patel R, Puche A, Hagegeorge G, Shalin V, Pugh K, Granite G, Stansbury LG, Shackelford S, Tisherman S. Enhanced Training Benefits of Video Recording Surgery with Automated Hand-Motion Analysis. World Journal of Surgery. 2021.

Granite G, Meshida K, Wind G. 2020. Frequency and clinical review of the aberrant obturator artery: A cadaveric study. Diagnostics. 10, 546:1-21. doi:10.3390/diagnostics10080546.

Granite G, Bauerochse A. 2019. The Research Applications of Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy on the Dental and Skeletal Remains of Bernuthsfeld Man. In: K. Püschel, E. Jopp-van Well, W. Jahn, H. Haβmann, M. Schultz, and A. Bauerochse editors. “Bernie” - Die Moorleiche von Bernuthsfeld. Ergebnisse der interdisziplinären Erforschung und Rekonstruktion eines frühmittelalterlichen Fundkomplexes aus Ostfriesland. Verlag M

Granite G, Meshida K, Jones S. 2018. Rare Case of a Five-Branched Aortic Arch Exhibiting a Retroesophageal Right Subclavian Artery and an Accessory Left Vertebral Artery. International Journal of Anatomical Variations. 11(4): 117-122.

Granite G, Palfrey R. 2018. The Analysis of Interred Pig Legs in a Bog on Dartmoor using Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy. Journal of Wetland Archaeology. doi: 10.1080/14732971.2018.1526241.

Granite G, Pugh K, Chen H, Longinaker N, Garofalo E, Shackelford S, Shalin V, Puche A, Pasley J, Sarani B, Henry S, Bowyer M, Mackenzie C. 2018. Assessment of Anatomical Knowledge and Core Trauma Competency Vascular Skills. Proceedings of the 2016 Military Health System Research Symposium. Military Medicine, International Journal of AMSUS. 183 (suppl_1):66-72.

Granite G. 2016. Understanding the Death and Burial of Northern European Bog Bodies. In: C Murray, PF Biehl, S Milisauskas, and SL Dyson, editors. Diversity of Sacrifice: Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond. IEMA Proceedings, Chapter 11, Volume 5. SUNY Series, The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Granite G. 2014. Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy: Its Research Applications to Northern European Bog Bodies. Scholar’s Press: Saarbrücken, Germany. 300 pages. ISBN: 978-3-639-70380-1.