Barbara Grant


MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution, Hull York Medical School, 2014-2015
BA Archaeology, University of York, 2011-2014
Medical laboratory assistant, Royal Liverpool Hospital, 2016-2018
Postgraduate representative, Hull York Medical School, 2014-2015
Committee member, University of York Brass Band, 2013-2015
Committee member, Alcuin College, University of York, 2012-2014
What’s your role in EMB?
I am a first year PhD student.
What are you currently working on?
I am interested in human evolution. The how, when and why we are the way we are. My PhD project investigates the evolution of bipedalism and using fossil footprints and foot anatomy to infer past locomotor behaviour. My research focuses on how small differences in substrate properties can alter foot motion and footprint morphology. Basically, I’m going to get people to walk over different materials.
How and why did you get into your current research?
I have always been curious about the past and during my undergraduate in archaeology, I mostly enjoyed studying about human evolution. I went on to study a masters in human anatomy and evolution and then worked in a hospital laboratory for 18months. When I saw this PhD advertised, I knew I had to apply as it combines my various interests. I’m really enjoying the PhD so far and would love to continue working in locomotor biomechanics after finishing (hopefully) my PhD in a few years.
90s music, eating out, travelling
Mint, big spiders, horror films