Roshna Wunderlich


Associate Professor of Biology

B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Department of Biology MSC 7801
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Phone: 540-568-6930
Fax: 540-568-3333


Research Interests:

I am interested in the functional morphology and biomechanics of the primate hindlimb and the processes by which animals use and adapt to different locomotor regimes and substrates. I investigate the evolution of bipedalism by studying the relationship between form and function in modern primate feet in order to reconstruct behavior in fossil specimens.  I am currently also studying the ontogeny of locomotion in living primates, especially Malagasy Strepsirrhines, in order to understand how juvenile primates adapt to their mechanical environment. 

I also have clinical interests in overuse injuries in female athletes and athletic footwear.  We are currently investigating the interaction of hormones, fatigue and biomechanics on ligament laxity, plantar pressure, and the potential for injury in female athletes.