Dr James Charles

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Qualifications
 Ph.D., Royal Veterinary College, London.
 Comparative Biomechanics (2013-2016)
MSc Palaeoanthropology, University of Sheffield. Distinction. (2011-2012)
BSc Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Liverpool. 2:1. (2008-2011)
Previous experience
Postdoctoral Scholar. Biodynamics Lab, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh 2016-2018. My research here focused on investigating whether subject-specific musculoskeletal models are more effective at informing injury/ post-surgery rehabilitation than commonly used scaled-generic models.
What is your role in the EMB?
Postdoctoral Research Associate
What are you currently working on?
I currently use a combination of anatomical imaging, dynamic biplane video-radiography and musculoskeletal modelling techniques to investigate how the function of the human foot and the associated muscles vary depending on subject-specific anatomy during movement over different surfaces. This has potential implications for the interpretations of the hominin fossil record, specifically in discerning how efficient our ancestors would have been in moving across various terrains based on foot morphology.
 How and why did you get into your current research?
My current research allows me to build on my research from the University of Pittsburgh and apply it to my interest in the evolution of hominin bipedalism.
Using similar methods to those I employed when working in Orthopaedic biomechanics, this novel approach to investigating in vivo foot biomechanics promises to offer unique and exciting insights into foot function in both modern humans and fossil hominins.
 Likes:
 Tennis, Pizza, Sheffield Wednesday
 Dislikes:
Thinking of things which i like and dislike, lists, Sheffield Wednesday