Kelsey Kjosness, PhD | PCOM Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
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Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Dr. Kjosness studies the evolution and development of skeletal anatomy and variation in mammals, especially humans and non-human primates. She is interested in understanding how gene expression patterns during development influence skeletal growth and shape. Dr. Kjosness uses a combination of techniques in her research including gene expression data, histology, and 3D geometric morphometrics. One of her current projects focuses on investigating the role of Hox genes in the development of wrist and ankle morphology.

Dr. Kjosness teaches anatomy and embryology in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program and gross anatomy in the Biomedical Sciences Master’s (MS) program. She also mentors students in the research laboratory.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • PhD, Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University


  • Foundations of Research in Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Embryology


  • American Association for Anatomy
  • American Association of Biological Anthropologists


NSF: “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Evolutionary and developmental influences on skeletal maturation and internal structure.“ Philip Reno PI, Kelsey Kjosness Co-PI. BCS-1540418 ($30,140), 2015-2017.