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Photo of Rodger Kram RODGER KRAM

Rodger Kram is Assistant Professor in the Human Biodynamics Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Rodger's major research goals are:
  1. To understand how biomechanical factors determine the metabolic cost of locomotion.
  2. To understand how the mechanics of locomotion are determined by speed, animal size and fundamental forces such as gravity, inertia.
Kram earned his Ph.D. in 1991 from Harvard University, where he was also a lecturer in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department. He has an M.S. (biomechanics) from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A in (biology) from Northwestern University. He was a post-doctoral research associate in the Integrative Biology the University of California, Berkeley from 1992 to 1995

You can read detailed information about Kram's research goals and current projects by visiting his home page at

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