Maureen J. Devlin

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Maureen Devlin

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

101 West Hall, 1085 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107

Office Location(s): 222-B West Hall
Phone: 734.615.3293
Fax: 734.763.6077
mjdevlin@umich.edu
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  • About

    I am a skeletal biologist studying the effect of environmental factors, such as nutrition, physical activity, and climate, on human bone health. Modern humans live in diverse environments, eat a wide range of diets, and do varying amounts of exercise. How do these differences in lifestyle affect bone growth, maintenance, and loss? This is an important question for maximizing bone health and reducing osteoporosis risk in living populations, and for making behavioral inferences from the skeletal phenotypes we observe in the fossil record.

    Research in my laboratory incorporates experimental and comparative approaches in humans and in model organisms. We use dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to measure bone mass and body composition,microcomputed tomography (mCT) to quantify cortical and trabecular bone morphology, and histomorphometry to assess bone cell number and bone growth rates. Current research projects include the effects of early onset Type 2 diabetes on skeletal acquisition; interactions between brown fat and bone mass; and a study of macronutrient fractionation to various body tissues.

  • Education
    • PhD, Anthropology, Harvard University, 2007
    • MA, Anthropology, George Washington University, 2000
    • AB, cum laude, Anthropology, Harvard College, 1996
  • Awards
    • 2004 Juan Comas Student Prize, American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    • 2003-2005 Certificates of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University
    • 2009 Young Investigator Award, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
    • 2009-2012 National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • human biology
    • skeletal biology
    • image analysis
    • bone histology
    • experimental methods
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