Dr Alana Sharp PhD

Lecturer Musculoskeletal Biology II


Personal Statement

I completed a BSc, followed by a PhD in 2014 at Monash University, Australia, on the cranial morphology and biomechanics of extinct and extant marsupials. I use methods such as computed tomography (CT) based 3D biomechanical modelling, finite element analysis and virtual reconstruction to analyse the biomechanical function of the skull and cranial sinuses. I started a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of New England, Australia, in 2015 where I also lectured in human anatomy, and then moved to London in 2017 to work as a research associate at University College London on a BBSRC project with Prof. Susan Evans on the role of soft tissues in cranial biomechanics.

In September 2018, I joined the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in human anatomy.

My research interests include the comparative anatomy and function of vertebrates to understand the relationships between form, function and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in extinct and extant taxa. Specifically, cranial biomechanics of feeding, the function of sutures, craniosynostosis and cranial sinus structure and function.