Roxanne Larsen, PhD

Associate Professor,

Roxanne Larsen

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-626-6859

Fax 612-625-0204

Office Address:
295J Animal Science Veterinary Medicine Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Associate Professor

PhD, Biology, Texas Tech University

MS, Biology, South Dakota State University

BS, Biology, South Dakota State University

Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University


Education and research are integral aspects of my professional life and are components of my long-term career path. I firmly believe that an educator must be aware of and attentive to how learners understand, integrate, and apply information. Not only do I have interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning, I also continue to be involved in basic science research. I have found that my diverse teaching interests (e.g., anatomy, microanatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology) profoundly inform my research, and that my research enhances my abilities to educate. My basic science research has broadly focused on structure and function relationships – sports biomechanics, mammalian genetics and species diversity, as well as molecular mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration. Current and ongoing research projects include studies of: limb mechanics and gaze; mitochondrial dysfunction; and educational interventions (e.g., radiological anatomy, quantifying anatomical variation).

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate in Health Professions Education and Teaching Program – Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development, 2017
  • UMN College of Veterinary Medicine Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award – for outstanding achievement and dedication in the field of Veterinary Medicine (2019)
  • UMN College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department Outstanding Veterinary Teacher Award (2018-19)


Research Summary/Interests

Research Interests: Human movement science; gait analysis; biomechanics of locomotion; functional morphology; structure and function of mammals; neurodegenerative disorders, genetics, evolution, and systematics of mammals.

Research Summary: Since joining the University, I have continued research in mammalian evolution and neurodegenerative disorders (including Alzheimer’s disease in humans and Chronic Wasting Disease in cervids). Additionally, I continue to investigate the biomechanics of running in humans and other mammals from a functional and evolutionary perspective via kinematic and kinetic data. This research primarily focuses on running across uneven terrain and the mechanical strategies bipeds and quadrupeds use to navigate such terrain. I also have experience in more generalized sports biomechanics, including the use of electromyography and gaze trackers.


Academic Interests and Focus

One Health education, Gross Anatomy, Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Radiological Anatomy, Embryology, Microanatomy/Histology, Biomechanics.

Teaching Areas



  • CVM 6008, Integrated Physiology
  • CVM 6900 Microscopic Anatomy I
  • CVM 6901 Physiology I
  • CVM 6903 Anatomy I
  • CVM 6908 Anatomy II


In The News

To learn more about Dr. Roxanne Larsen's Research and Teaching, please check out the VBS website write up, "Profile on VBS Assistant Professor Roxanne Larsen."