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Dr Sandra Martelli
Anatomy Building
Gower Street
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Research Groups
Research Summary
I have been investigating how the hominoid vertebral column (and to some extent the sacrum and pelvis) varies throughout evolution in relation to different functional demands (e.g. bipedal gait and arboreal locomotion) as well as to variations within (sexual dimorphism) and between recent and fossil hominoids. Currently I am involved in investigating how the vertebral column covaries with pelvic and thoracic morphology in humans, modern great and lesser apes and fossil hominins. Another stream of projects concerns itself with the investigation of how the vertebral column reaches its adult configuration postnatally in both fossil and modern hominoidea.

The second line of investigations concerns the variation in larynx and vocal tract anatomy (both hard and soft tissues) observed in various recent hominoids (humans and great and lesser apes). I am investigating these variations in relation to the presence or absence of speech and language faculties and what this can tell us about speech abilities in relation to anatomical constraints of fossil taxa such as the Neanderthals. In relation with this I am also investigating the postnatal ontogeny of the hominoid cranial base and how this covaries with the morphology of the vocal tract and pharynx.
01-OCT-2020 Associate Professor (teaching) Cell and Developmental Biology UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2018 Principal Teaching Fellow Anatomy Cell and Developmental Biology SLMS, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2014 – 30-SEP-2018 Senior Teaching Fellow Anatomy Cell and Developmental Biology SLMS, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2010 – 01-DEC-2014 Teaching Fellow Anatomy Cell and Developmental Biology SLMS, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1995   Bachelor of Science Universitat Zurich
    ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector  
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2015   Master of Arts University College London
1999   Master of Science Universitat Zurich
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