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Dr Laura Porro
G23
Anatomy Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 02076794316
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Biography

I attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where I completed BSc degrees in Biological Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences, supervised by Roy Plotnick. In 2004, I received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship allowing me to pursue my PhD in Earth Sciences under the supervision of David Norman and Emily Rayfield. I used anatomy, biomechanical modelling, and tooth wear to understand feeding mechanism and diet in the earliest dinosaurs. From 2008 - 2012, I conducted research and taught human anatomy at the University of Chicago, working with Callum Ross to understand feeding in lizards and crocodilians using in vivo experiments and finite element modelling. I returned to the UK as Marie Curie Fellow, working at the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge with Jennifer Clack to model function in the tetrapod lower jaw across the water-land transition. I then worked for three years with Chris Richards at the Royal Veterinary College looking at the evolution of locomotion in frogs before briefly returning to Bristol as a Senior Research Associate. I joined UCL and the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as a lecturer in anatomy in 2018.

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Research Themes
Research Summary

I am interested in evolution biomechanics and functional morphology. My research investigates the link between animal form, function, and large-scale evolutionary events such as mass extinctions, the radiation and diversification of groups, and environmental changes.


I use a combination of techniques, including medical imaging (especially micro-CT scanning), 3D visualization, and biomechanical modelling techniques such as finite element analysis and musculoskeletal/dynamic modelling. Additionally, I collect data from living animals including high-speed and x-ray video, XROMM, bite and footfall forces, muscle activity, and bone strain. I am also interested in the properties of biological materials, including bone and soft tissues.

I work across a range of vertebrates, including fish, early tetrapods, amphibians, reptiles and birds, my work encompassing both living and fossil animals.

In addition to a wide network of collaborators in the United Kingdom, I also work with colleagues in the USA, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and across Europe. In recent years, my work has been supported by NERC, Marie Curie, and Wellcome.

Teaching Summary

I am lecturer for the UCL Medical School, primarily for the second year Movement and Musculoskeletal Biology module. I teach in additional anatomy courses within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, such as ANAT0001 and ANAT0004.

Appointments
SEP-2018 Lecturer Cell and Developmental Biology University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2017 – AUG-2018 Senior Research Associate School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol, United Kingdom
OCT-2014 – SEP-2017 Postdoctoral Researcher Structure and Motion Laboratory Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom
OCT-2012 – SEP-2014 Marie Curie Fellow School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol, United Kingdom
AUG-2008 – SEP-2012 Postdoctoral Scholar Organismal Biology and Anatomy University of Chicago, United States
Academic Background
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Palaeobiology University of Cambridge
2004 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biological Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago
2004 BSc Bachelor of Science – Earth Science University of Illinois at Chicago
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