Meir Max Barak, PhD, DVM is a Veterinarian with a PhD in bone biomechanics. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA). His research is concerned with trabecular bone tissue and focuses on the relation between trabecular architecture and orientation, and the locomotion behavior (direction of loading) of living primates and ancient hominins. The major aim of his study is to understand the evolution of human bipedalism by deducing the directional of joint load, and the theoretical loading regime of the studied taxa from trabecular orientation.
Current research will use computed tomography scanning (CT), 3D image processing tools and new powerful approaches for measuring trabecular orientation together with controlled experimental studies of animal models that have been subjected to altered loading orientations. This project will be done in collaboration with Professor Daniel Lieberman in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology in Harvard University.
Meir obtained his DVM at the Koret veterinary school of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel in 2002. He received his PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel in 2009. His dissertation was on the mechanical behavior of whole rat bone: relative contributions of trabecular and cortical bone.
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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