Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue - Room 130E
Dallas, TX 75246
Education and Post-Graduate Training
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX (2016-2017)
- PhD, Biological Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2016)
- MA, Biological Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (2008)
- BA, Biological and Cultural Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (2003)
- Instructional Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry (2018-present)
- Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry (2016-2017)
- Teaching Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh (2012-2016)
- Albany County Coroner’s Office, Laramie, WY (2007-2010)
Teaching responsibilities include: Human Gross Anatomy, Human Growth and Development, Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy, Evidence-based Dentistry, Human Craniofacial Development and Anomalies
Prior to joining the teaching faculty at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, Dr. Kesterke spent nearly a decade as a coroner and anthropologist excavating and investigating human remains in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. During this time, his research focused on skeletal features used in identifying individuals and the role of climate, disease, and/or genetics in shaping human variation and methods for quantifying and evaluating this variation.
This trajectory led him to his Ph.D. topic investigating the role of maternal thyroid hormone levels on offspring craniofacial variation using geometric morphometric (GM) analysis and Euclidean Distance Matrix Analysis (EDMA) to look at both size and shape changes during growth and development. This research continues in identifying causes of variation, ranging from histological and anthropometric studies of bone samples excavated in the Middle East and China to quantifying and identifying sexually dimorphic craniofacial features in early childhood.
Currently, Dr. Kesterke is also working to develop 3D facial imaging techniques and facial tracking methods for assessing impacts of trauma, disease, and dysfunction on craniofacial variation, surgical interventions, and therapeutic outcomes.
Selected Publications and Profile
- Kesterke, MJ, Z Raffensperger, CL Heike, ML Cunningham, JT Hecht, CH Kau, NL Nidey, LM Moreno, GL Wehby, ML Marazita, SM Weinberg. Using the 3D Facial Norms Database to investigate craniofacial sexual dimorphism in healthy children, Biol Sex Diff 7:23, 2016.
- Kesterke, MJ. The effects of in-utero thyroxine exposure on mandibular shape in mice. University of Pittsburgh, D-Scholarship, Nov 2016.
- Weinberg, SM, ZD Raffensperger, MJ Kesterke, CL Heike, ML Cunningham, JT Hecht, CH Kau, JC Murray, GL Wehby, LM Moreno, MZ Marazita. The 3D Facial Norms Database: Part 1. Cleft Palate Cran J, 56(3): e185-e197, 2016.
- Kesterke, MJ, JCM Ahern. Is the late Neanderthal mandibular sample from Vindija Cave (Croatia) biased? Coll Antropol 31: 315-319, 2007.