Dr. Adam Foster

Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Office Address:
Leon Levine Hall of Medicine
Room 411
Mailing Address:
PO Box 4280
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Dr. Adam Foster is an assistant professor of anatomy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. His doctoral work focused on using an animal model to explore links between bipedal locomotor behaviors and musculoskeletal morphology to test assumptions regarding traits linked with human bipedal anatomy.

Dr. Foster’s postdoctoral work at Northeast Ohio Medical University explored how allometric changes in mammalian musculoskeletal morphology and locomotor mechanics are linked with performance throughout growth and development. His research interests at CUSOM focus on how growth and development of the locomotor system can provide insight into the links between form and function in humans and other mammals to explore how these organisms adapt to environmental and ecological challenges.


  • University of Iowa - Anthropology (BA)
  • University of Wyoming - Anthropology (MA)
  • University of Arizona - Anthropology (PhD)

Awards, Recognition & Honors

  • (2012) Force and Motion Foundation: Biomechanical study of the evolution of bipedalism using multi-axis force measurement ($10,000)
  • (2012) National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Co-Primary Investigator, Ontogenetic development of postcranial adaptations to bipedalism in the rat
  • (2012) American Association of Anatomists Anthropological Anatomy Award: Ontogenetic development of postcranial adaptations to bipedalism in the rat


  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology


  • Raichlen DA, Gordon AD, Foster AD, Webber J, Sukhdeo SM, Scott RS, Gosman JH, Ryan T. 2015. An ontogenetic framework linking locomotion and trabecular bone architecture with applications for reconstructing hominin life history. J. Hum. Evol. 66: 64-82.
  • Foster AD, Raichlen DA, Pontzer H. 2013. Muscle force production during bent-knee, bent-hip walking in humans. J. Hum. Evol. 65: 294-302.
  • Raichlen DA, Foster AD, Seillier, A. Giuffrida A, Gerdeman GL. 2013. Exercised-induced endocannabinoid signaling is modulated by intensity. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 113: 869-875.
  • Raichlen DA, Foster AD, Gerdeman, GL. Seillier A. Giuffrida A. 2012. Wired to run: exercise-induced endocannabinoid signaling in humans and cursorial mammals with implications for the ‘runner’s high’. J. Exper. Biol. 215:1331-1336.
  • Raichlen DA, Gordon AD, Harcourt-Smith WEH, Foster AD, Haas WR, Jr. 2010. Laetoli footprints preserve earliest direct evidence of human-like bipedalism. PLoS ONE 5(3): e9769