Jandy Hanna is a Professor and Associate Dean in the Research and Sponsored Programs department at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Hanna is a functional morphologist and comparative primate anatomist. She studies primate evolution, with a focus on the biomechanical features of primates during vertical climbing. The evolution of bipedalism in the human lineage is thought to be related to biomechanics found during vertical climbing; however, little is known about how parameters like size, limb length, and phylogenetic history affect the biomechanics. Her work seeks to determine how differentiation between the forelimb and hindlimb during climbing may have contributed to the evolution of obligate bipedalism in humans.