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Professor Katharine Robson Brown

Professor Katharine Robson Brown

Professor Katharine Robson Brown
B.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Jean Golding Institute
Professor of Biological Anthropology

Senate House,
Tyndall Avenue, Clifton BS8 1TH
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6081

Research summary

My research explores the microstructure of living tissues and their response to changing and extreme environments; innovating methodologies for the capture, computational modelling, analysis and interpretation of data describing complex material and structural characterisation.

Biological anthropological applications of these methods include forensic identification, the regulation of hard tissue growth and development, and the study of biomechanical systems in extinct species. This includes exploring human evolution, and functional anatomy at the level of microstructur, osteoarchaeology, and the African diaspora, postcranial morphological variation within modern human populations, biomechanics of the spine in humans and other animal models, 

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Biography

I am Professor of Biological Anthropology and Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Anthropology Micro CT Imaging Laboratory and Research Group. I am also the Director of the Jean Golding Institute for Data Science and Data Intensive Research, and the Turing University Lead for University of Bristol membership of the national Alan Turing Institute.

Following my first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, and PhD in phylogenetics at the University of Cambridge, I joined the University of Bristol in 1997. My research seeks to understand how the hard tissues of the human body hold a signature of life history, innovating methodologies for ...

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