Christina Lynne Nicholas

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    College: Dentistry Department: Orthodontics
    Title: Visiting Research Assistant Professor
    Office: COD N419A Phone: 355-3051
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My work investigates craniofacial growth and development, using complex phenotyping methods. The research conducted in my lab combines expertise in human anatomy and geometric morphometrics to tackle both clinical and anthropological research questions. We have current ongoing projects looking at: cleft palate repair; childhood obesity and malocclusion; variation in patterns of facial growth and dental development; genotype-phenotype correlation analyses; the evolution of human facial growth. Students who have a general interests in human paleontology and forensic anthropology are also welcome to contact me.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Preferred majors: Biology, Biological/Physical Anthropology, Kinesiology, Pre-Dentistry, other related life or health sciences

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    No prior research experience in this area is required. However, please note that this is not a wet lab - this research is computational. Students working in my lab might be expected to: use 3D scanning equipment to scan dental casts; take landmarks or measurements on CT scans or 3D models; use software to create or edit 3D models; do literature reviews; etc. Interested students may also have the opportunity to learn the basics of coding in R for statistical analyses.

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