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Dr Michael Buckley
University of Manchester
My research focuses on characterising the many different proteins within bone using cutting edge molecular techniques. I am particularly interested in measuring changes in proteins such as collagen to understand the ageing process reflected in bone tissue. This can improve our knowledge of age-related changes in bone as well as contributing to modern forensic science and understanding population changes in the past. My research also examines these bone proteins to understand the evolution of life on this planet and the importance of different proteins in the physical evolution of ancient animal species. I use the unique signatures of collagen to identity these animals from small pieces of bone from archaeological and palaeontological sites, which improves our understanding of how humans and animals interacted with their environment in the past.
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