Dr Flora Gröning
I am the programme coordinator for the BSc/MSci Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) degree and course coordinator for BM2009 (Human Anatomy A). I am also leading the development of digital 3D Anatomy learning tools at the University of Aberdeen.
In my research, I am interested in structure-function relationships in connective tissues (such as bone and tendon) and the application of 3D modelling to biomechanics and musculoskeletal research with the ultimate aim to develop new tools for patient-specific modelling. For my PhD at the University of York I studied the mechanics of the human lower jaw using a combination of virtual 3D reconstruction techniques, 3D mechanical modelling and experiments.
As Honorary Curatorial Fellow of the University Museums at the University of Aberdeen I have coordinated the 3D digitisation of specimens to promote our museum collections. This work builds on my previous experience as project manager at the Neanderthal Museum near Düsseldorf in Germany, where I contributed to the development of NESPOS, an interactive online archive for palaeoanthropologists and archaeologists.
Some recent newsworthy activities:
My video projects to support Anatomy students: Top tips for effective Anatomy revision, How to make the most of Anatomy practical classes & Dissection Safety
3D Anatomy tools applied to a cat mummy (covered by STV, The Scotsman and the Science website)
Development of a new digital Anatomy learning tool (covered by e.g. The Scotsman and Evening Press)
Computer models to cut down on animal experiments (BBSRC blog)
Blasts from the past:
Our work on an early human fossil from Kent’s Cavern in Devon (published in Nature in 2011) made it into the Guardian's 2011 list of the year's 10 biggest science stories.
The mystery of the human chin (BBC Earth)
Full member of the Anatomical Society and European Society of Biomechanics
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
My core interests include structure-function relationships in connective tissues (such as bone and tendon), the application of 3D modelling to the field of musculoskeletal research with the ultimate aim to develop new tools for patient-specific modelling and the development and evaluation of new interactive 3D learning tools for Anatomy.
Current PhD students: Laura Pérez-Pachón & Ronald Coutts
As STEM Ambassador I frequently coordinate and take part in public engagement events about 3D modelling, Anatomy and musculoskeletal research.
Funding and Grants
Wellcome ISSF Public Engagement Grant 2020-2021
Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship 2020
Roland Sutton Academic Trust Grant 2017-2021
TENOVUS Scotland 2017-2018
BBSRC Research Grant 2015-2018
IKEC Award from the University of Aberdeen 2017
Roland Sutton Academic Trust Grant 2015-2016
Anatomical Society Summer Research Scholarship 2015
BBSRC Research Grant 2011-2014
Marie Curie Integration Grant 2011-2014
Programme coordinator for the BSc/MSci Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) degree & course coordinator for BM2009 (Human Anatomy A)
In addition, I contribute to the following courses:
- Human Anatomy for MBChB Years 1-3
- AN3504 Human Movement Dissected
- AN3009 Architecture of Life
- AY1502 Archaeology in Action
- BM2509 Human Anatomy B
- BM4010 Advanced Molecules Membranes and Cells
- BM4501 Biomedical Sciences Honours Project (incl. project skills workshops)
- ME33HA Medical Humanities
- SR3508 Clinical Exercise Physiology
- SR4301 Exercise Physiology
- MSc Medical Physics and Medical Imaging
- PGCert in Clinical Education
My video projects to support Anatomy students (in collaboration with Zee Allison and Colm Sheenan): Top tips for effective Anatomy revision, How to make the most of Anatomy practical classes & Dissection Safety
My projects to develop new 3D learning resources for Anatomy teaching have been supported by Curriculum Development Summer Studentships from the Development Trust of the University of Aberdeen and the Roland Sutton Academic Trust. My key partner in many of these project has been my former research assistant and current PhD student Laura Pérez-Pachón.
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Computational biomechanical modelling of the rabbit cranium during masticationScientific Reports, vol. 11, 13196Contributions to Journals: Articles
Effect of marker position and size on the registration accuracy of HoloLens in a non-clinical setting with implications for high-precision surgical tasksInternational Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery , vol. 16, pp. 955-966Contributions to Journals: Articles
Comparative cranial biomechanics in two lizard species: impact of variation in cranial designJournal of Experimental Biology, vol. 224, no. Pt 5, jeb.234831Contributions to Journals: Articles
Image overlay surgery based on augmented reality: a systematic reviewBiomedical Visualisation. Rea, P. M. (ed.). Springer, pp. 175-195, 21 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The biomechanical role of the chondrocranium and the material properties of cartilageVertebrate Zoology, vol. 70, no. 4, pp. 699-715Contributions to Journals: Articles
Enhancing soft tissue contrast for microCT imaging of human Achilles tendon enthesisThe Scottish Microscopy Society’s SymposiumContributions to Conferences: Abstracts
Application of Photogrammetry in Biomedical ScienceBiomedical Visualisation. Rea, P. M. (ed.). Springer, pp. 121-130, 10 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
An assessment of the role of the falx cerebri and tentorium cerebelli in the cranium of the cat (Felis silvestris catus)Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 15, no. 147, 20180278Contributions to Journals: Articles
Mechanical adaptation of trabecular bone morphology in the mammalian mandibleScientific Reports, vol. 8, 7277Contributions to Journals: Articles
The biomechanical role of the chondrocranium and sutures in a lizard craniumJournal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 14, no. 137, 20170637Contributions to Journals: Articles