Dr. Nicole Ackermans

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Current position: Postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.

Bio: I am fascinated by vertebrate morphology, neuroscience, and 3D imaging various aspects of anatomy. My current postdoctoral project focuses on the anatomy and neuroscience of traumatic brain injury in headbutting animals.

My research profile combines evolutionary biology and vertebrate morphology. For my PhD I focused on the evolutionary aspects of diet in relation to vertebrate herbivory. More recently, my postdoc project explores the skull and brain anatomy of combative bovids, in order to better understand their relationship to traumatic brain injury, and how to translate our findings to humans.

I would be happy to identify that random bone you found in the forest.


PhD in evolutionary biology
- University of Zurich, Vetsuisse.

MSc in Comparative Vertebrate Morphology
- Joint European Masters Program between the University of Antwerp and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.

BSc Biology of Organisms, Populations and Ecosystems
- Université Toulouse III, Paul Sabatier.

in the morphology lab
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Speaker at Pint of Science 2019
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Sampling the zoological collection
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