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: Zumberge Individual Research Award, 2017-2018
University of Southern California: Undergraduate Research Associates Program, 2017-2018
Keck School of Medicine of USC: Year I Faculty Teaching Award, 2016
American Association of Anatomists: Short-Term Visiting Scholarship, 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