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Prof Christopher Dean
Anatomy Building, UCL
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professorial Research Associate
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Emeritus Professor of Anatomy
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary
My principal research aim is to determine where, when and why modern humans evolved an extended ~20 year period of growth and development. To research this problem I have pioneered ways of studying incremental markings in fossil primate tooth tissues. Teeth are abundant in the fossil record and contain incremental markings that allow us to retrieve information about the rates of and direction of cell movement during tooth development. Some of the mechanisms of morphological change during human evolution have been described in this way and it has been possible to determine the timing of key events during the period of growth and development in certain fossil primates. This research theme drives an extensive international interdisciplinary research effort with collaborations that draw on clinical science, comparative anatomy and palaeoanthropology.
Teaching Summary
Anatomy in the context of clinical medicine and dentistry. Anatomy in the context of human and evolutionary biology. Anatomy in the context of the visual arts and humanities.
Academic Background
1993 Dip. Diploma in General Dental Practice – Clinical Dentistry Royal College of Surgeons of England
1983 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Anatomy University of London
1977 Dip. Diploma in Human Biology – Human Biology University of Oxford
1975 BDS Bachelor of Dental Surgery – Clinical Dentistry University College London
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