Kristi L. Lewton, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressBMT 405A 1333 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089
Phone+1 323 442 1629
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    Title(s)Director, M.S. Program in Integrative Anatomical Sciences

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    University of Washington, SeattleBA06/2002Anthropology
    Arizona State University, TempeMA12/2004Anthropology
    Arizona State University, TempePhD12/2010Anthropology
    Harvard University, CambridgePreceptor/Postdoc12/2013Human Evolutionary Biology
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    Keck School of Medicine of USC2016Year I Faculty Teaching Award
    American Association of Anatomists2016Short-Term Visiting Scholarship
    Harvard University2013Certificate of Teaching Excellence
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists2010Mildred Trotter Prize
    Arizona State University2008  - 2010Dean's Advanced Scholarship
    School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University2008Donald H. Morris Award
    Arizona State University2002  - 2006NSF IGERT Fellowship in Neural and Musculoskeletal Adaptations in Form and Function
    University of Southern California2017  - 2018Undergraduate Research Associates Program
    University of Southern California2017  - 2018Zumberge Individual Research Award

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    Kristi Lewton is a biological anthropologist and evolutionary anatomist, and is an Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine. Kristi received her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, her master's and doctoral degrees from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, and a postdoctoral preceptorship at Harvard University.

    Kristi Lewton's research focuses on the evolution of primate locomotor systems. She studies the anatomy and biomechanics of human and non-human primate hindlimbs to understand the evolution of these structures, integrating both comparative morphometric and experimental approaches. Her current work focuses on identifying adaptations to locomotion in the pelvis; examining patterns of integration, modularity, and evolvability of the pelvic girdle in primates, carnivores, and mice; and investigating the relationship between pelvic anatomy and metabolic cost of locomotion in humans. In addition to museum and laboratory research, Kristi has conducted paleoanthropological fieldwork surveying for hominin fossils in South Africa and Ethiopia.

    At the Keck School of Medicine, Kristi teaches human gross anatomy to first and second year medical students and graduate students.

    Kristi maintains Adjunct Professor appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences in Dornsife College and in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy in the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. In addition, she is a Research Associate in Mammalogy at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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    Hindlimb cortical bone adaptation and locomotion in primates
    National Science Foundation BCS 1944571May 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2023
    Role: PI

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    1. Integrative approaches to dispersing science: A case study of March Mammal Madness. Am J Hum Biol. 2021 Aug 06; e23659. Amorim CEG, Dasari M, Durgavich L, Hinde K, Kissel M, Lewton KL, Loewen T. PMID: 34358377.
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    2. Hip Adduction during Running: Influence of Sex, Hip Abductor Strength and Activation, and Pelvis and Femur Morphology. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2021 Jun 07. Liu J, Lewton KL, Colletti PM, Powers CM. PMID: 34107513.
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    3. March Mammal Madness and the power of narrative in science outreach. Elife. 2021 Feb 22; 10. Hinde K, Amorim CEG, Brokaw AF, Burt N, Casillas MC, Chen A, Chestnut T, Connors PK, Dasari M, Ditelberg CF, Dietrick J, Drew J, Durgavich L, Easterling B, Henning C, Hilborn A, Karlsson EK, Kissel M, Kobylecky J, Krell J, Lee DN, Lesciotto KM, Lewton KL, Light JE, Martin J, Murphy A, Nickley W, Núñez-de la Mora A, Pellicer O, Pellicer V, Perry AM, Schuttler SG, Stone AC, Tanis B, Weber J, Wilson M, Willcocks E, Anderson CN. PMID: 33616530.
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    4. The effects of phylogeny, body size, and locomotor behavior on the three-dimensional shape of the pelvis in extant carnivorans. PeerJ. 2020; 8:e8574. Lewton KL, Brankovic R, Byrd WA, Cruz D, Morales J, Shin S. PMID: 32117630.
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    5. Calcaneal elongation and bone strength in leaping galagids. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2020 03; 171(3):430-438. Lewton KL, Patel BA. PMID: 31710709.
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    6. Exercise-induced loading increases ilium cortical area in a selectively bred mouse model. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2019 03; 168(3):543-551. Lewton KL, Ritzman T, Copes LE, Garland T, Capellini TD. PMID: 30613937.
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    7. Evaluation of Articular Surface Similarity of Hemi-Hamate Grafts and Proximal Middle Phalanx Morphology: A 3D Geometric Morphometric Approach. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Feb; 44(2):121-128. Sollaccio DR, Navo P, Ghiassi A, Orr CM, Patel BA, Lewton KL. PMID: 30017649.
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    8. The effects of captive versus wild rearing environments on long bone articular surfaces in common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PeerJ. 2017; 5:e3668. Lewton KL. PMID: 28828263; PMCID: PMC5560229.
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    9. Ischial Form as an Indicator of Bipedal Kinematics in Early Hominins: A Test Using Extant Anthropoids. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2017 05; 300(5):845-858. Lewton KL, Scott JE. PMID: 28406569.
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    10. International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Ed: Fuentes, A. Bipedalism. 2017. Lewton KL.
    11. Morphological convergence in the pubis of slow-moving primates and xenarthrans. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2016 11; 161(3):381-397. Lewton KL, Dingwall HL. PMID: 27377428.
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    12. In vitro bone strain distributions in a sample of primate pelves. J Anat. 2015 May; 226(5):458-77. Lewton KL, Lewton KL. PMID: 25846322; PMCID: PMC4450946.
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    13. A wider pelvis does not increase locomotor cost in humans, with implications for the evolution of childbirth. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0118903. Warrener AG, Lewton KL, Pontzer H, Lieberman DE, Warrener AG, Lewton KL, Pontzer H, Lieberman DE. PMID: 25760381; PMCID: PMC4356512.
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    14. From the ground up: Integrative research in primate locomotion. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):495-7. Nalley TK, Lewton KL, Nalley TK, Lewton KL. PMID: 25707761.
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    15. Allometric scaling and locomotor function in the primate pelvis. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):511-30. Hanna RF, Ward TJ, Chow DS, Lagana SM, Moreira RK, Emond JC, Weintraub JL, Prince MR, Lewton KL. PMID: 25684745.
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    16. Pelvic form and locomotor adaptation in strepsirrhine primates. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2015 Jan; 298(1):230-48. Lewton KL, Lewton KL. PMID: 25339080.
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    17. A partial hominoid innominate from the Miocene of Pakistan: description and preliminary analyses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jan 06; 112(1):82-7. Morgan ME, Lewton KL, Kelley J, Otárola-Castillo E, Barry JC, Flynn LJ, Pilbeam D, Morgan ME, Lewton KL, Kelley J, Otárola-Castillo E, Barry JC, Flynn LJ, Pilbeam D. PMID: 25489095; PMCID: PMC4291661.
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    18. Evolvability of the primate pelvic girdle. Evolutionary Biology. 2012; 39(1):126-139. Lewton KL.
    19. American Anthropologist. Complexity in biological anthropology in 2011: species, reproduction, and sociality. 2012; 114(2):196-202. Lewton KL.
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