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Jaap Saers

Jaap  Saers

PhD Student

Biological Anthropology
Pembroke Street

Cambridge CB2 3QG


2011-2012: Msc Osteology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, Leiden University, the Netherlands

2007-2011: BA Archaeology, Leiden University, the Netherlands


Research Interests

My research interests include skeletal biology, biomechanics, developmental plasticity, and functional morphology. My research focuses on the interaction between ontogeny, physical activity, and the structural organization of trabecular bone in humans. I use high resolution µCT imaging to study the three-dimensional trabecular bone structure. The aim of my project is to determine the effects of habitual physical activity on trabecular bone structure, to provide a novel way of reconstructing activity patterns in past human populations and hominins.


Research Supervision

Principle Supervisor: Dr Jay Stock


Other Professional Activities

Member of Downing college

Key Publications

Saers, J.P.P., Cazorla-Bak, Y., Shaw, C., Stock. J.T., Ryan, T.M. (2016) Trabecular bone structural variation in the human lower limb.  Journal of Human Evolution. 97:97-108.