Laura B Porro
I attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with degrees in Biological Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2004. I then completed my PhD in Palaeobiology (funded by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship) in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2009, investigating anatomy and cranial biomechanics in heterodontosaurid dinosaurs.
I subsequently initiated a postdoctoral project in the Department of Organismal Biology at the University of Chicago, using in vivo experimental methods and computer modeling to understand skull mechanics in crocodilians, lizards and primates. From 2012 - 2014, I was a Marie Curie Research Fellow based in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol and the Zoology Department at the University of Cambridge, exploring changes in morphology and function in the early tetrapod lower jaw across the water-land transition.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Structure and Motion Laboratory working with Dr. Chris Richards on an ERC-funded project looking at the evolution of locomotion in amphibians that will incorporate data from in vivo and in vitro experiments, computer modelling and paleo-robotics.