I am the programme coordinator for the BSc 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, tendon and ligaments) and the application of 3D modelling to biomechanics and musculoskeletal research with the ultimate aim of developing 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 the 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.
As a STEM Abassador I frequently coordinate and take part in public engagement events about 3D modelling, Anatomy and musculoskeletal research.
Some recent newsworthy activities:
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 the early human fossil from Kent’s Cavern in Torquay, 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)
My core interests include structure-function relationships in connective tissues such as bone, tendons and ligaments, the application of 3D modelling to the field of musculoskeletal research with the ultimate aim of developing new tools for patient-specific modelling and the development and evaluation of new interactive 3D learning tools for Anatomy.
Roland Sutton Academic Trust Grant 2017-2020
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 Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) degree and course coordinator for BM2009 (Human Anatomy A)
In addition, I contribute to the following courses:
- Human Anatomy for MBChB Years 1-3 and Physician Associate Studies
- AN2505 Biological Imaging
- AN3009 Architecture of Life
- AY1502 Archaeology in Action
- BM2509 Human Anatomy B
- BM3803 Neuroscience Research Topics
- BM4501 Biomedical Sciences Honours Project
- ME33HA Medical Humanities
- ME40M7 BSc Medical Sciences
- SM3002 Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences
- 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 our fantastic Learners' Toolkit team):
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- Honorary Curatorial Fellow of the University Museums
- STEM Ambassador
- Member of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team of the Institute of Education in Medical and Dental Sciences
- Member of the Anatomical Society and European Society of Biomechanics
- Reviewer for the Austrian Science Fund, Leakey Foundation, Scottish Universities Insight Institute and the following journals: Anthropologischer Anzeiger, Archives of Oral Biology, Comptes Rendus Palevol, Folia Primatologica, Journal of Comparative Human Biology HOMO, Journal of Anatomy, Journal of Morphology, Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Journal of Biomechanics, Medical Engineering and Physics, PeerJ, PLoS ONE and Quartär: International Yearbook of Ice Age and Stone Age Research