Gross Anatomy Lab to Undergo Complete Overhaul

By | April 17, 2024

Gross anatomy lab renderingA major renovation project is underway on the gross anatomy lab at Daemen University, paving the way for a state-of-the-art facility for students in the health science professions. 

Construction crews have started work in the lab, which is located on the first floor of Schenk Hall. It opened in 1993 and is used by students in the physician assistant and physical therapy programs. 

“Daemen University is embarking on a groundbreaking venture – a cutting-edge gross anatomy lab,” said Dr. Greg Ford, the founding dean of the Scott Bieler College of Health Professions

“PA and PT students will benefit tremendously from a completely renovated lab that will not only inspire learning, but its innovative design will promote student academic success.”

The project includes new cadaver dissection tables with operatory LED lights above each, operating room-style epoxy flooring, an autopsy sink, and LED televisions on the walls that will project real-time video of dissection and structure demonstrations by instructors and students. A graduate study lounge will be constructed adjacent to the lab with all new anatomical models, whiteboard technology for student illustrations, an 85” LED monitor for projecting 3D anatomy software, and storage lockers.  

“The renovation of Schenck 110 to a state-of-the-art gross anatomy lab, merging today’s technology with the time-honored practice of anatomical dissection and study, will result in an exceptional multi-sensory learning experience for Daemen students,” said Dr. Gary Styn, the director of graduate anatomical sciences.

Dr. Styn took over management of the lab in 2005 and has expanded the educational opportunities to include various courses and tours. 

Gross anatomy lab renderingStyn, along with Dr. Matthew Kearns ‘10, a physical therapy alum, also uses the lab to host an annual fellowship course for the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT), which brings around 50 fellows to Daemen each year from all over the country. 

“Over the years, I’ve invited many other local groups including Villa Maria PT assistant students, ECC paramedic students, AP bio and anatomy classes from local high schools, and students from the New Visions program,” Dr. Styn added. “Since 2005, I’ve hosted more than 3000 guests to learn about human anatomy.”

The total cost of the project is estimated at $750,000 with approximately $125,000 still needing to be raised. 

“This opportunity, years in the making, is on the brink of realization thanks to the unwavering support of Daemen’s alumni and friends,” Dr. Ford said. “While we are approaching our goal, there remains a funding gap, and we are reaching out to dedicated supporters to help bring this vision of a state-of-the-art gross anatomy lab to life.” 

The work is expected to be finished in time for the fall 2024 semester. 

Anyone interested in supporting the gross anatomy lab project can donate by visiting Daemen’s website at