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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.
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
Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement
As STEM Ambassador I frequently coordinate and take part in public engagement events about 3D modelling, Anatomy and musculoskeletal research.
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
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.