Researcher biography

I am a Polish-Australian biological anthropologist who joined the UQ School of Social Science as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in July 2021. I specialise in hard tissue histology. Over the last ~10 years I've worked with anthropological and archaeological collections of human skeletal remains, and post-mortem samples, to investigate skeletal plasticity (bone remodelling) in a variety of lifestyle contexts. I also collaborate with zooarchaeologists, palaeontologists, biomedical scientists, epidemiologists, and forensic scientists whenever bone/tooth histology is required for analyses.

In 2018, I was awarded an ARC DECRA fellowship (2019-2022) at the Australian National University (ANU). I was previously (2016-2021) a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Between 2015 and 2016 I was a Research Assistant in medicine at Imperial College London. I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014. Until 2014, I had spent about eight years at the University of Kent School of Anthropology and Conservation (UK) completing a BSc (2010) and a PhD (2014) in Biological Anthropology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE, 2014), and working in various teaching roles, including tutoring, lab demonstration, sessional lecturing, and lecturing. Outside of academia, since 2008, I have held consultancy roles as an Assistant Osteologist, and Osteologist, for Kent Osteological Research and Analysis in the UK, and in a pro bono role for medical schools. These roles have ranged from assessing human remains from archaeological excavations for bioarchaeological projects, and those held in teaching/research collections supporting repatriation efforts.

I currently (2019-2021) serve on the executive committe of the Australasian Society for Human Biology as Treasurer. I have 43 peer reviewed publications as of Oct 2021. I have so far secured >$560k in research grants as a PI, and >$13k towards research travel. Including collaborative grants (as a CI/AI), I have featured on >$1.8 million worth of research grants.