Andrew R Lammers, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 322
 Phone: 216-687-3565
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 322, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
feeding, neuromechanics, cranial nerve, locomotion, biomechanics, mammal, force plate, kinetics, substrate reaction force, ground reaction force, impulse, angular impulse, torque
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Ohio University, 2004
M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, 1999
B.S., Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1996
Brief Bio:
Andrew Lammers teaches Human Gross Anatomy (HSC 475 & 457), Physiology for the Clinical Sciences (HSC 422), and Advanced Research and Writing in Health Sciences (HSC 484). His goal is to share his fascination for anatomy and physiology with students and to turn future clinicians and biologists into big anatomy nerds. Dr. Lammers has two research focuses, both pertaining to biomechanics. The first is the study of the biomechanics of locomotion, typically using small quadrupedal mammals as models. The main questions of interest are about maintaining stability and balance on narrow supports, such as tree branches. The second research focus examines the biomechanics and neuromechanics of suckling and swallowing in infants.

Outside of work, Dr. Lammers enjoys swing dancing, learning Spanish, running, martial arts, woodworking, and Legos. He is a member of the ManKind Project, an organization dedicated to helping men achieve personal integrity, accountability, emotional awareness, and meaning in their lives.
Research Interests:
Dr. Lammers has two research insterests:

1. He studies the neural control of suckling and swallowing in infants, using infant pigs as a model. Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing, often accompanied by movement of liquids or food into the windpipe and lungs) is a common disorder, and premature infants often suffer from various forms of dysphagia. One such disorder arises from a damaged recurrent laryngeal nerve, which controls several muscles in the larynx (the cartilage structure in the neck which controls where food, liquids, and air move into the body). When this nerve is damaged in these infants, milk is often moves into the lungs, which can cause serious issues. Dr. Lammers, and colleagues at Northeast Ohio Medical University, seek to understand how the brainstem controls swallowing and airway protection using the recurrent laryngeal nerves along with other nerves that control muscles and provide sensory information.

2. Effects of angular momentum on stability during locomotion on narrow supports in rats (Rattus norvegicus). This study will begin in Summer 2020. Please contact Dr. Lammers if you are interested in participating in this research.
Teaching Areas:
swing dancing
Professional Affiliations:
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
Dysphagia Research Society
University Service:
Director of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program
School of Health Sciences executive committee
BSHS faculty search committees
College of Science Nominating Committee
College of Sciences and Health Professions Curriculum Committee
Institutional Animal Care and Usage Committee