Assistant Professor – Clinical
Director of Undergraduate Anatomy Education


Dr. Kris Stover graduated in 2017 with her doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary from Brown University, where she trained in anatomy at the Warren Alpert Medical School with Drs. Elizabeth Brainerd and Tom Roberts. Her doctoral work on the effects of increased body mass on musculoskeletal structure and function in wild and domestic turkeys was awarded the Poultry Science Association Certificate of Excellence in 2015, the Aviagen Turkeys Inc. Communication Award in 2015, and the SICB Division of Vertebrate Morphology D. Dwight Davis Award in 2018. After graduating, she worked as a postdoctoral research scholar at University California, Irvine with Dr. Manny Azizi.

Dr. Stover spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, where she won two student selected teaching awards (OPP Integration Teaching Award in 2021, Atlas Club Golden Key Teaching Award in 2022). During this time, she also received infrastructure improvement funding from the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence grant (NIH, NIGMS).

Dr. Stover joined Ohio State in 2022 with a primary focus on undergraduate anatomy education, teaching courses including ANAT 2300, 4600, and 4700.

Dr. Stover currently serves on the Animals in Research Subcommittee as vice chair for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), representing the American Association for Anatomy (AAA), and Member Organization Delegate to the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). She is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A.

Research Interests

Dr. Stover studies the structure, physiology and biomechanics of musculoskeletal systems, utilizing changes in morphology to investigate how different levels of tissue complexity interact to produce a functioning system. She is particularly interested in the effects of growth, aging and environmental variations on locomotor performance in domesticated species and bipeds. Stover collaborates with Aviagen Turkeys Inc. to measure bone density and pneumaticity among turkey strains to inform selection practices for animal welfare purposes.

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Education and Training

Postdoc, University of California, Irvine CA
PhD, Brown University, Providence RI
MS, College of Charleston, Charleston SC
BS, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, Athens OH


Roberts, T.J., Eng, C.M., Sleboda, D.A., Holt, N.C., Brainerd, E.L., Stover, K.K., Marsh, R.L. and Azizi, E., 2019. The multi-scale, three-dimensional nature of skeletal muscle contraction. Physiology, 34(6), pp.402-408.

Sleboda, D.A., Stover, K.K. and Roberts, T.J., 2020. Diversity of extracellular matrix morphology in vertebrate skeletal muscle. Journal of morphology, 281(2), pp.160-169.

Stover, K.K., Brainerd, E.L. and Roberts, T.J., 2018. Waddle and shuffle: gait alterations associated with domestication in turkeys. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(15), p.jeb180687.

Stover, K.K., Weinreich, D.M., Roberts, T.J. and Brainerd, E.L., 2018. Patterns of musculoskeletal growth and dimensional changes associated with selection and developmental plasticity in domestic and wild strain turkeys. Ecology and evolution, 8(6), pp.3229-3239.

Stover, K.K., Burnett, K.G., McElroy, E.J. and Burnett, L.E., 2013. Locomotory fatigue during moderate and severe hypoxia and hypercapnia in the Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. The Biological Bulletin, 224(2), pp.68-78.

Stover, K.K. and Williams, S.H., 2011. Intraspecific scaling of chewing cycle duration in three species of domestic ungulates. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214(1), pp.104-112.