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Translational Anatomy Faculty

Eustathia Lela Giannaris, PhD - Division of Translational Anatomy - Radiology University of Massachuetts Medical SchoolEustathia Lela Giannaris, PhD

Assistant Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Co-Leader, Development Structure and Function Course (DSF)
Director, Summer Anatomy Enrichment Program
Faculty Profile

Lela Giannaris, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy in the Department of Radiology. She earned a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine and joined the UMMS faculty in 2010. Dr. Giannaris holds a number of educational leadership positions at UMMS. She serves as Co-Leader and Director of Anatomy of the Development, Structure and Function course (DSF) for first year medical students. In addition, Dr. Giannaris directs the Summer Anatomy Enrichment Program for rising second year medical students interested in receiving further training in anatomy and developing educational materials to enhance the anatomy curriculum. She is also a core faculty member in the Brain: Clinical Neuroanatomy course for second year medical students. She enjoys working with students and strives to create a positive and inclusive learning environment.  Dr. Giannaris has been honored for her teaching efforts with an Outstanding Medical Educator award.

Dr. Giannaris has conducted neuroscience research on various topics, such as gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and quantitative neuroanatomy in aging. Her scholarly interests include curriculum development, self-directed learning resources, and competencies for anatomy in medical education. She is inspired by the collaborative work and innovation that comes from engaging with colleagues on interprofessional teams.

In addition to her many service contributions at UMMS, Dr. Giannaris is also involved on the national level with anatomy professional organizations.  She serves as Chair of the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). Most recently, she was elected to the Professional Development Committee of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA).

Yasmin Carter, PhDYasmin Carter, PhD

Assistant Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director, Innovations Lab (iLab) in iCELS
Faculty Profile

Yasmin Carter Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Translational Anatomy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Founding Director of the Innovations Lab in the interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS). Dr. Carter completed her Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, her Master's at the University of Manitoba, Canada and her undergraduate studies at the University of Bristol England.Her interests focus on using anatomy as a keystone for teaching transgender healthcare content and best practices to medical students and professionals. More specifically, her work is largely focused on reducing prejudice and increasing access to healthcare for transgender people/patients. She also runs the 3D printing cluster in the Innovations Lab at UMASS Medical School, a ‘maker-space’ dedicated to creative and out-of-the-box thinking in medical pedagogy. Additionally, Dr. Carter conducts research in the fields of bone biology and human osteology, and personally, she believes they are the coolest part of anatomy.

Dr. Carter currently serves on the Committee for Early Career Anatomists (CECA) of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and the Career Development Committee (CDC) of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). Dr. Carter serves as a core anatomy faculty member in both the lab and lecture hall in the Development, Structure, and Function (DSF) course for first-year medical students. She also lectures in Anatomy for Forensic Anthropologists, at Boston University School of Medicine.

She lives with her giant Alaskan Malamute, in the Victorian home she is currently renovating - one YouTube video at a time. You can find her on twitter at @akhenisis.

Manas Das, MD, MS, Associate Professor Radiology, UMass Medical SchoolManas Das, MD, MS

Associate Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director, Clinical Anatomy
Faculty Profile


Dr. Manas Das is Director of Clinical Anatomy, Director of Embryology and Director of Histology. Dr. Das first earned his MD and later an MS [Anatomy] from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. His post-graduate training specialized in Clinical Anatomy and Neurology. After completing his medical training he initially practiced medicine full time, mostly ICU/Cardiology, then practiced and taught and eventually became a full time educator in 2005. Dr. Das finds working with students the most inspiring.

Dr. Das for previously was Associate Professor and Director of Anatomical Sciences Education and Director of Medical Foundations at Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota.

Manas Das - Histology and Embryology - Thieme Test PrepDas’ first book, Medical Histology and Embryology Q&A, was published in November of 2017 by Thieme Publishers, Inc., NY, USA. 

He is a founding member of a community within the American Association of Anatomists titled ‘Task Force in Anatomical Sciences’. Dr. Das led a national group of educators from within the community to develop standards for competencies in Medical Histology and Human Embryology. Their paper A Guide to Competencies, Educational Goals, and Learning Objectives for Teaching Human Embryology in an Undergraduate Medical Education Setting was published in the Medical Science Educator in March 2018.

Alexandra Wink, PhD Assistant Professor Radiology, UMass Medical SchoolAlexandra Wink, PhD

Assistant Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Faculty Profile

Alexandra Wink, PhD recently joined the Division of Translational Anatomy where she will be teaching in the DSF course for the first year medical students and assisting in the anatomy labs. Dr. Wink's education includes a BS, Physiology and Developmental Biology (Brigham Young University – Provo,); MS, Forensic Anthropology (Boston University SoM); PhD, Anatomy and Neurobiology (Boston University School of Medicine). She was a graduate teaching fellow at Boston University School of Medicine where she assisted in Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience courses for Medical, Dental, and Graduate Students. Prior to that, she worked as a forensic anthropologist at the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, where she focused on identifying skeletal remains of unaccounted-for US service members and aided in a mass identification effort for Korean War Unknowns.

Dr. Wink's first forays into anatomy were as a small child surrounded by Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia of the Human Body and her mom’s copy of Taber’s Medical Dictionary, but her current position in medical education was a bit of a happy accident. She pursued an anatomy PhD with the original intention of returning to forensic anthropology, but after completing her department’s extensive teaching requirement, she fell in love with teaching and developing new ways to get students excited about anatomy. In addition, she completed a dissertation in clinical epidemiology and developed a skill set that can easily translate to medical education research.

Alexandra is very interested in developing ways to make the dissection experience more meaningful for students. This includes using anatomy laboratory time to foreshadow the human aspects of clinical practice and to develop peer communication skills, but it also means teaching students that proper dissection technique and a solid understanding of anatomical relationships go hand-in-hand.

Amanda Collins, MPH, Instructor Radiology, UMass Medical SchoolAmanda Collins, MPH

Instructor Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director Anatomical Services
Faculty Profile

Amanda Collins, MPH is an Instructor for the Division of Translational Anatomy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is the Director of Anatomical Services. Ms. Collins completed her Master's of Public Health at the University of Vermont and her undergraduate studies in Mortuary Science and Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Following her undergraduate studies, Ms. Collins worked as a mortician, specializing in embalming and restorative art techniques. Her technical skills led her to a position at the University of Vermont as an anatomical embalmer. She joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2016 as the Director of Anatomical Services.  As the Director, she oversees the operations of the Anatomical Gift Program and manages the Anatomy Resource Center. Her interests include preservation techniques, environmental health and safety in the anatomy labs, and improving educational efforts in the anatomy lab. 

Ms. Collins joined the faculty for the first-year medical student course - Development, Structure, and Function in 2018.  Her educational interests include lecturing in embryology and instructing students in the anatomy labs.

Ms. Collins sits on the Anatomical Gift Program Oversight Committee, the Pine Hill Cemetery Board of Directors, and is active in the Anatomical Services special interest group of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).

Anne Gilroy, Translational Anatomy - Radiology UMass Medical School

Anne Gilroy

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Anatomy, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Faculty Profile

Anne Gilroy, Retired Professor of Clinical Anatomy, over her 25 years as a UMass employee, she created and directed a variety of 4th year electives and residency anatomy programs, and was co-director of the Development, Structure and Function course for 1st year medical students. In 2008 Anne co-authored the Thieme’s Atlas of Anatomy (now in its 2nd edition) and in 2012 authored Thieme’s Anatomy-An Essential Textbook, both of which were designed for use in medical gross anatomy programs. Her interests focus on curriculum development, especially as it pertains to the integration of clinical medicine with basic anatomy. As the Director of Anatomy and Imaging Resources for iCels, Anne was responsible for creating innovative teaching strategies through the use of simulation technology. Since 2012 Anne has been part of the collaborative revitalization of the anatomy program at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine of the University of Liberia, West Africa.