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Dr Monique Welten

Dr Monique Welten

Dr Monique Welten
PhD(Leiden), MSc(Leiden)

Research Fellow

Area of research

Evolution of jaws and teeth - new insights into key innovations and the origin of Gnathostomes

Office LS113
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41353



I am an interdisciplinary palaeobiologist / developmental biologist, interested in evolution and development of vertebrates, seeking to investigate evolution of skeletal elements and dentition by combining  biological, palaeontological, molecular and computational methods. I have a strong background in developmental biology, 3-D visualization and  computational analysis. I am proficient in 3 D imaging methods such as  X-ray tomography, CT scanning, Optical Projection Tomography (OPT) and Confocal Laser Scanning Mircoscopy (CLSM), and molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning, in situ hybridisation.

I obtained my MSci in Biology at Leiden University  (Leiden, the Nethrlands), and went on to pursue a PhD on Spatio-temporal Patterns of Gene Expression, at Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science,  under the supervision of Dr Fons Verbeek ( ). After obtaining my PhD in November 2007, I joined Prof. Susan Lindsay's lab (Institute of Human Genetics, Newcastle University) as a post doctoral researcher, to work on the 3D atlas of human brain development. After one year, I moved to the University of Bath to work in Prof. Cheryll Tickle's lab ( and contributed to the 3D Atlas of Gene Expression in the Developing Chick Embryo. In 2011 I joined Prof. Marty Cohn's lab at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida, USA)  ( where I studied gene expression in the mouse lower urinary tract, I returned to the UK in 2013 and worked at the Natural History Museum in London, as a research assistant - CT scanning ( project website: with Dr. Zerina Johanson. Currently I am a Marie Curie research fellow (Intra European fellowship), working on the evolution of teeth and jaws in the lab of Professor Philip Donoghue. I am a member of thePalaeobiology and Biodiversity Research Group, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.


At Leiden University and the University of Bath, I contributed to practicals and seminars in, respectively, Dr. Fons Verbeek, Prof. Michael Richardson's and Prof. Cheryll Tickle's lecture series. At the Natural History Museum I gave several workshops on Amira / Avizo 3D visualisation and analysis software. 


  • Palaeontology
  • Evolution
  • Developmental biology
  • Skeletal biology
  • Fish evolution



School of Earth Sciences

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