Alexa Kelly

Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Office Location:
Leon Levine Hall of Medical Science
Room 414
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 4280
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Dr. Alexa Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Florida State University and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Before her Ph.D., she served as an archaeological conservator for the FL Bureau of Archaeological Research at the FL Department of State. During her Ph.D., she instructed Anatomy at the Texas College of Medicine (TCOM), Tarrant County College (TCC), and Texas A&M School of Dentistry.

Dr. Kelly’s current research focuses on climatic adaptation and human evolutionary anatomy. Her doctoral dissertation work investigated the extent to which human nasal anatomy is shaped by environmental (heat/humidity/cold) and metabolic (body size/metabolic demand) forces. Her data consists of human skeletal remains, both digital in the form of CT scans and physically collected, from around the world. She utilizes these data and 3D geometric morphometric methods to understand differences in craniofacial anatomy between groups and to estimate metabolic demand from body size measures.

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