Keck School Faculty

Kristi L. Lewton, PhD
Kristi L. Lewton, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Integrative Anatomical Sciences
BMT 405A 1333 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Kristi Lewton is a biological anthropologist and evolutionary anatomist, and is an Assistant 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.

University of Southern California: Undergraduate Research Associates Program, 2017-2018

University of Southern California: Zumberge Individual Research Award, 2017-2018

American Association of Anatomists: Short-Term Visiting Scholarship, 2016

Keck School of Medicine of USC: Year I Faculty Teaching Award, 2016

Harvard University: Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 2013

American Association of Physical Anthropologists: Mildred Trotter Prize, 2010

Arizona State University: Dean's Advanced Scholarship, 2008-2010

School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University: Donald H. Morris Award, 2008

Arizona State University: NSF IGERT Fellowship in Neural and Musculoskeletal Adaptations in Form and Function, 2002-2006

Exercise-induced loading increases ilium cortical area in a selectively bred mouse model Am J Phys Anthropol. 2019 Jan 05. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of Articular Surface Similarity of Hemi-Hamate Grafts and Proximal Middle Phalanx Morphology: A 3D Geometric Morphometric Approach J Hand Surg Am. 2018 Jul 14. . View in PubMed

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. . View in PubMed

International Encyclopedia of PrimatologyEd: Fuentes, A. Bipedalism. 2017. . View in PubMed

The effects of captive versus wild rearing environments on long bone articular surfaces in common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) PeerJ. 2017; 5:e3668. . View in PubMed

Morphological convergence in the pubis of slow-moving primates and xenarthrans Am J Phys Anthropol. 2016 11; 161(3):381-397. . View in PubMed

In vitro bone strain distributions in a sample of primate pelves J Anat. 2015 May; 226(5):458-77. . View in PubMed

From the ground up: Integrative research in primate locomotion Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):495-7. . View in PubMed

Allometric scaling and locomotor function in the primate pelvis Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):511-30. . View in PubMed

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. . View in PubMed

A wider pelvis does not increase locomotor cost in humans, with implications for the evolution of childbirth PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0118903. . View in PubMed

Pelvic form and locomotor adaptation in strepsirrhine primates Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2015 Jan; 298(1):230-48. . View in PubMed

Evolvability of the primate pelvic girdle Evolutionary Biology. 2012; 39(1):126-139. . View in PubMed

American Anthropologist Complexity in biological anthropology in 2011: species, reproduction, and sociality. 2012; 114(2):196-202. . View in PubMed

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