Date:July

Rodger Kram

Rodger Kram (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)Fellow Since: 2011

Current Affiliation: University of Colorado

Rodger Kram , Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Integrative Physiology Dept. at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned a B.A. in Biology at Northwestern University, M.S. at Penn State, Ph.D.  in Biology from Harvard in 1991 and was a post-doc then assistant professor at Berkeley until 2000. His primary research interest is the biomechanical basis for the energetic cost of locomotion. He studies basic scientific aspects of walking and running in healthy, young people, and how obesity, aging and prosthetics affect locomotion energetics and mechanics.

Dr. Kram has published over 60 peer-reviewed research articles and has studied more than 40 animal species ranging from ants to antelopes to elephants. Although he mostly studies human locomotion now, he still gets to study some pretty cool animals (e.g. turtles and crocodiles). One of his greatest prides is that all of Ph.D. students and post-docs are gainfully employed in science and most are tenure track faculty at major research universities. Dr. Kram was elected and served as president of the American Society of Biomechanics in 2008.