Jennifer Hotzman, PhD

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Dr. Hotzman joins Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine as an Associate Professor primarily teaching neuroanatomy and gross anatomy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi and then completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Anthropology at the University of Florida.

After graduation she joined a small company called Anthrotech which specializes in anthropometric surveys. Once she realized how much she missed teaching, she obtained a postdoctorate position at Duke University where her main duties were teaching gross anatomy to medical students and residents. After her postdoctorate position she joined the faculty at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine where she taught for 6 years.

Dr. Hotzman's primary area of research specialization is craniofacial mechanics. She has investigated the influence of dietary consistency on palatal morphology including the morphology of the palatal sutures particularly in macaques, colobines, papionins, and hominoids. She has collected strain gage data from the palate in an effort to determine how this structure is loaded during incision and mastication in an effort to develop a better method of modeling this structure for comparative purposes. She has employed methods such as micro-computed tomography and microindentation techniques to determine the material properties of the macaque bony palate. Ultimately her research interests involve how bone and cranial sutures respond to mechanical forces. She has recently expanded her research interests to include biomechanics of long bones. She is currently working on a research project that involves using cross sectional geometry of long bones on juvenile remains from a Colonial Maya site to determine if they were developing along their expected trajectory.