Assistant Professor
Biology & Health Sciences

Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall 332
Troy Campus
[email protected]
518-244-3194

Biography

Dr. Kelli Tamvada is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Health Sciences. Dr. Tamvada completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her current research interests focus on comparative bone morphology between modern humans and fossils of extinct hominins, with a focus on Neanderthal functional anatomy.

“I like to work with Sage students because…

…they are eager to learn and have a strong desire to learn the skills they will need for future careers in various fields related to the health sciences. Because I teach students at all levels of their undergraduate career, I get to watch their academic growth; it’s really fulfilling to see their progress from beginning to end, and to know that I play a role in training them for their careers!”

“Courses I like to teach include…

Medical Terminology (SCI 110), Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 201-202), Exercise Physiology (SCI 310), and Research Methods (HSC 450).”

Publications

Tamvada, K. H. and Strait, D.S. in prep The Neanderthal femur is not more robust than the modern human femur: strength comparison of femora using finite element analysis.

Tamvada, K. H. Femoral mechanics, mobility, and finite element analysis. 2014 In: Marchi, D. and Carlson, K., editors. Reconstructing Mobility. Springer.

Smith, A.L., Benazzi, S., Tamvada, K., Ledogar, J.A., Smith, L., Weber, G.W., Spencer, M.A., Lucas, P.W., Dechow, P.C., Grosse, I.R., Ross, C.F., Richmond, B.G., Wright, B.W., Wang, Q., Byron, C., Slice, D.E., Wood, S., Dzialo, C., Berthaume, M., and Strait, D.S.2014 The feeding ecology and dietary ecology of Paranthropus boisei. Anatomical Record.

Smith, A.L., Benazzi, S., Ledogar, J.A., Tamvada, K. H., Pryor Smith, L.C., Weber, G.W., Spencer, M.A., Dechow, P.C., Grosse, I.R., Ross, C.F., Richmond, B.G., Wright, B.W., Wang, Q., Byron, C., Slice, D.E., Strait, D.S. 2014 Biomechanical implications of intraspecific shape variation in chimpanzee crania: moving towards an integration of geometric morphometrics and finite element analysis. Anatomical Record.

Jade, S., Tamvada, K. H., Strait, D.S., Grosse, I.R. Finite element analysis of a femur to deconstruct the design paradox of bone curvature. 2014 Journal of Theoretical Biology 341:53-63.

Brutsaert, T. D., Tamvada, K. H., Kiyamu, M., White, D. D., Gage, T. B. Low ponderal index is associated with decreased muscle strength and fatigue resistance in college-aged women.Early Human Development. 87: 663-669.

Presentations

Tamvada, K. H. and Strait, D. S. Comparisons of strength and predictability of Neanderthal and human femora under loading conditions simulating irregular steps. 2015 Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. Suppl. 156 S60: 301.

Ledogar, J. A., Benazzi, S., Smith, A. L., Weber, G. W., Spencer, M. A., Carlson, K. B., Dechow, P. C., Grosse, I. R., Ross, C. F., Richmond, B. G., Wright, B. W., Wang, Q., Byron, C., Slice, D. E., Carlson, K. J., de Ruiter, D. J., Berger, L. R., Tamvada, K. H., Pryor Smith, L. C. Berthaume, M. A., Chalk, J., and Strait, D. S. 2015 Bony facial buttressing in South African australopiths: a finite element analysis.Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. Suppl. 156 S60: 199-200.

Strait, D. S., Ross, C. F., Ledogar, J. A., Smith, A. L., Villmoare, B., Benazzi, S., Weber, G. W., Spencer, M. A., Dechow, P. C., Grosse, I. R., Richmond, B. R., Wright, B. W., Slice, D. E., Carlson, K. J., de Ruiter, D. J., Berger, L. R., Tamvada, K. H., Pryor Smith, L. C., Berthaume, M. A., Chalk, J. 2015 Principal strain orientations during biting in the faces of chimpanzees and australopiths. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. Suppl. 156 S60: 298.

Tamvada, K. H. and Strait, D. S. Comparisons of strength and predictability of Neanderthal and modern human femora using finite element analysis. 2012 Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. Suppl. 147 S54: 282-283.