Sharon Kuo

Assistant Professor

Teaching Summary

I am an anatomist, functional morphologist, and paleoanthropologist interested in primate locomotion. Specifically, I focus on hindlimb form-function relationships in extant and fossil primates, including humans and hominins, in order to better understand movement in living organisms as well as how fossil taxa interacted with their environment. I investigate how both external bony morphology and internal trabecular bone structure relate to movement. Since 2019 I have been affiliated with the Koobi Fora Research and Training Program (KFRTP) where I work with an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers in Kenya in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya to find additional evidence of our hominin ancestors as well as reconstruct the environment in which they lived and the resources they had available to them.


MS, Mercyhurst University, PA
Major: Forensic and Biological Anthropology
PhD, University of Missouri, MO
Major: Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, Integrative Anatomy
BA, Boston University, MA
Major: Biological Anthropology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Postdoctoral Scholar,
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Anthropology
Pennsylvania, United States

Honors and Recognition

Outstanding Research Poster Award: Innovations session, University of Missouri Life Sciences
Anthropology Excellence in Research Award, Boston University

Professional Memberships

American Association of Biological Anthropologists



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