Dr. Adam Foster is an Associate 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. His 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.
Dr. Foster’s current research utilizes quantitative motion analysis, force platforms, ultrasonography, and histomorphology to explore how lower limb anatomy modulates elastic energy storage in tendons, the scaling of motor unit density in skeletal muscle, how lower limb injuries impacts hindlimb force production in rodent models, and the efficacy of clinical interventions on joint range of motion and gait parameters. Dr. Foster also works with the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Research Fellows exploring the mechanisms of dextrose prolotherapy treatments on osteoarthritis using animal and cell models.