Miss Heather White
Heather is a BBSRC funded PhD student in the Tucker lab. She previously completed a BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Space Physiology at King’s College London. Her PhD research is on the boundary between evolutionary and developmental biology. She is interested in suture development and complexity and whether this has an influence on overall cranial morphology. The project uses conditional knockout transgenic mouse lines to explore the role of bone remodelling in suture development, whilst also using ontogenetic mammal series from museum collections to investigate cranial and suture morphological differences across evolutionary taxa.
As well as her research, Heather is passionate about science outreach, from having featured on NatureLive shows at the Natural History Museum to hosting science stalls at festivals and to talking science with school children of all ages. She has recently become the student representative for the Museum of Life Sciences at King’s College London, where she will aim to promote the museum and its’ science to wider student community and general public. Outside of science, Heather has a passion for all things outdoors, including climbing, mountaineering, camping, backpacking, skiing and wildlife conservation.