Imperial College London

Dr Michael Anthony Berthaume

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Research Associate



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I am an anthroengineer, using theories and methods from both engineering and anthropology to address questions both within and across the fields.

I studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I obtained a masters in anthropology, investigating spear use in neandertals, and a BS/PhD in mechanical engineering, investigating the biomechanics of molar cusp sharpness in primates, with a focus on hominoids. Afterwards, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher, first at the University of Hull working to better understand the biomechanics of Legg-Calve-Perthes' disease, and later at the Max Planck Weizmann Center, where I 1) investigated hominoid dental form and function, 2) researched new methods for performing statistical analyses on finite element models of biological systems, and 3) used finite element analysis to investigate the biomechanics of tooth wear.

At Imperial College London, I will be working under Prof Anthony Bull on the Sri Lanka project, where we will be building computational, patient specific multibody dynamic and finite element models of individuals who have had lower limb amputations, and will work with surgeons to maximize the quality of life for these individuals.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Berthaume MA, Schroer K, 2017, Extant ape dental topography and its implications for reconstructing the emergence of early Homo, Journal of Human Evolution, Vol:112, ISSN:0047-2484, Pages:15-29

Berthaume MA, 2016, On the Relationship Between Tooth Shape and Masticatory Efficiency: A Finite Element Study, Anatomical Record-Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, Vol:299, ISSN:1932-8486, Pages:679-687

Ledogar JA, Smith AL, Benazzi S, et al., 2016, Mechanical evidence that Australopithecus sediba was limited in its ability to eat hard foods, Nature Communications, Vol:7

Berthaume MA, 2016, Food mechanical properties and dietary ecology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol:159, ISSN:0002-9483, Pages:79-104

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