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 ( http://bio-imaging.liacs.nl/index.html ). 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 ( http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/contacts/academics/cheryll_tickle/) 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) (http://www.evodevo.net/) 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: http://chondrichthyes.myspecies.info/) 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.
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