I studied anthropology and medicine at the University of Zürich with a PhD thesis on the evolution of bipedalism in Australopithecus africanus and a MD thesis on pathologies of the spine during human evolution. After a post-doctoral position at the Anthropological Department of the University of California, Davis, I lectured at the Anthropological Institute, University of Zürich, and was senior researcher at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Zürich. It followed a training in orthopaedics, surgery, general and internal medicine. Since 2013 I lead the Evolutionary Morphology and Adaptation Group at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zürich, and I lecture at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Zürich.
Main research interest and goal
- Evolution of musculoskeletal disorders of the human vertebral column and limb skeleton as possible trade-offs of bipedal locomotion
- Low back pain
- Evolution of childbirth
- Hominid body proportions