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Dr Alana Sharp
Anatomy Building
Gower Street
Tel: 02076790160
  • Research Associate
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

I completed a BSc in Zoology (Monash University, Australia) followed by a PhD in Vertebrate Palaeontology in 2015 (Monash University, Australia) on the cranial morphology and biomechanics of Diprotodon and other related extinct and extant marsupials. I then spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of New England, Australia, where I also lectured in human anatomy. I joined UCL in 2017 as a research associate on a BBSRC project with Prof. Susan Evans on the role of soft tissues in cranial biomechanics.

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My research interests include the comparative anatomy and function of vertebrates to understand the relationships between form, function and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in extinct and extant taxa. Specifically, I'm interested in cranial biomechanics, and the morphology, function and development of cranial sinuses. I use methods such as computed tomography (CT) based 3D biomechanical modelling, finite element analysis and virtual reconstruction to analyse the biomechanical function of the skull of reptiles and mammals.

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