Richard J. Sherwood, Ph.D., associate professor of community health and pediatrics, has been appointed director of the Lifespan Health Research Center (LHRC) within the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Community Health.
Sherwood came to the LHRC in 2003 as a visiting scientist from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He joined the center as a full-time faculty member two years later.
An accomplished teacher, prolific writer and passionate researcher, Sherwood is especially interested in craniofacial biology, quantitative genetics, phylogenetic reconstruction and hominin evolutionary biology. He has conducted research in Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania, and his current research includes three R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Sherwood is a member of 10 scientific and professional associations, including the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the American Society of Human Genetics, the International Bone and Mineral Society and the National Center for Science Education. He currently serves as president of both the American Association of Anthropological Genetics and the Society of Craniofacial Genetics.
In addition to presenting his work nationally through conferences and publications on a regular basis, Sherwood is a reviewer for several publishers, granting agencies, and journals, including the National Science Foundation, the National Environmental Research Council, Current Anthropology and Science.
Sherwood earned his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and an M.A. in anthropology from Kent State University and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Lifespan Health Research Center conducts research related to the changes that occur in individuals throughout their life span. Home of the Fels Longitudinal Study, the world's largest and longest running study on human growth and body composition, the center's major emphases involve growth, maturation and aging, body composition, risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the genetic epidemiology of complex traits.