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Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

2013-present

PhD Candidate, Department of Human Evolution, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (IMPRS The Leipzig School of Human Origins)

2011- 2012

MSc Human Evolution and Behaviour, University College London
Thesis title: Does internal bone structure of the hominoid hand reflect locomotor behaviour? Supervisor: Dr Matthew Skinner

2006 - 2009 MA Natural Sciences: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

 

Research Interests

  • Functional morphology of living and fossil hominoids (including hominins)

  • Bone functional adaptation

  • Trabecular and cortical bone morphology

  • Biomechanics of primate locomotion

  • Primate locomotor strategies

 

Research Experience

2012-2013

Research Assistant: Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK. Analysis of trabecular bone structure of extant and fossil primates. Training MSc students in use of software to process micro-computed tomography (CT) scans and analyse trabecular bone. Under supervision of Dr Matthew Skinner.

 

Publications

2013   Tsegai ZJ, Kivell TL, Gross T, Nguyen NH, Pahr DH, Smaers JB, Skinner MM. (2013) Trabecular Bone Structure Correlates with Hand Posture and Use in Hominoids. PLoS ONE 8(11): e78781. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078781

 

Conference Oral Presentations

2013    *Tsegai ZJ, Kivell TL, Gross T, Nguyen NH, Pahr DH, Skinner MM. Identifying behavioural signals in trabecular bone structure of the hominoid third metacarpal. European Federation for Primatology, Antwerp, Belgium. Sept. 2013.

*presenter

 

Conference Poster Presentations

2013    Tsegai ZJ, Kivell TL, Gross T, Nguyen NH, Pahr DH, Skinner MM. Trabecular bone distribution in the hominoid third metacarpal head reflects predicted loaded joint position. European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Vienna, Austria. Sept. 2013.

 

Grants and Awards

2013

Student Oral Presentation, 1st Prize, European Federation for Primatology, Antwerp, Belgium, Sept 2013 (€200)

2012 Masters Fieldwork Bursary, Department of Anthropology, University College London (£145)

 

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