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Robin Feeney

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Anatomy

School Of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166620
Email: robin.feeney@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Feeney received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from The Ohio State University (USA) in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany), where she also held a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Her specialisation is in dental anthropology with research interests in comparative human biology. Dr Feeney joined UCD in 2011 as a Lecturer in Human Anatomy, where she teaches anatomy to undergraduate and graduate-entry medicine and allied health students. Her broad training in health combined with her expertise in biological anthropology facilitates both novel interdisciplinary and translational research in the areas of evolutionary science, morphometric analysis and 3D imaging.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: ERC Consolidator. Ref 724046-SUCCESS: The earliest migration of Homo sapiens in Southern Europe: Understanding the biocultural processes that define our uniqueness (Role: Team Member). (1,993,811 EUR)
Year: 2016.
Title: Marie Skłodowska-Curie. Ref 703373-ANCIENT TEETH: An integrative analysis of shifting trends in dental traits in human populations from Neolithic to Iron Age (Co-Supervisor). (175,866 EUR)
Year: 2013.
Title: Irish Research Council Advanced Research Project Grant. Ref. RPG2013-2: From hunters to farmers: the evolution of human populations preceding the emergence of agriculture (Team Member). (343,814 EUR)
Year: 2010.
Title: Faculty Scholarship Grant. (750 USD)
Year: 2010.
Title: Faculty Research Development and Presentation Grant. (350 USD)
Year: 2007.
Title: European Union-funded Integrated Infrastructure Initiative Grant for access to the GB-TAF (access to the London Spitalfields archaeological collection, Natural History Museum, London, UK). (550 BPS)
Year: 2007.
Title: Beam-Time (12 shifts) on ID19 Synchrotron Beamline (Co-Principal Investigator). (660 EUR plus beamline costs of approximately 10,000 EUR per day)
Year: 2006.
Title: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. (2006-2009)
Year: 2005.
Title: Faculty Teaching Seed Grant (Co-Principle Investigator). (5,000 USD)
Year: 2005.
Title: Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research. (300 USD)

Associations

Association: The Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Physical Anthropology Women's Mentoring Network, Function/Role: Co-Founder and Member
Association: American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Function/Role: Member
Association: Dental Anthropology Association, Function/Role: Member
       

Committees

Committee : North American Regional Steering Group (subcommittee of the Global Engagement Group) (University)
Committee : Europe Regional Steering Group (subcommittee of the Global Engagement Group) (University)
Committee : Medicine Link Tutor for the International Foundation Programme (University)
Committee : Admissions Committee (School of Medicine)
Committee : Doctoral Studies Panel (DSP)
Committee : Member of Stage 2 Radiography Committee
Committee : James B. Coakley Dissection Competition
Committee : Human Anatomy Practicals and Medical Trainee Coordinator
Committee : Member of Medicine Systems 1 Committee
Committee : Member of Stage 1 Radiography Committee

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin, School of Medicine.
Position: Lecturer in Human Anatomy (2011-Present)
Employer: Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University, USA.
Position: Instructor of Anthropology (2010-2011)
Employer: Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE.
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow (2009-2010)
Employer: Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State University, USA.
Position: Instructor of Anthropology (2003-2006)
Employer: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP E Division Major Crime Section, Port Coquitlam, Canada.
Position: Forensic Search Technician for the Missing Women Task Force (2003)

Education

Year 2016 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Professional Certificate in University Teaching & Learning
Year 2009 Institution: Ohio State University
Qualification: PhD Subject: Physical Anthropology
Year 2003 Institution: University of Bradford
Qualification: MSc Subject: Forensic Anthropology
Year 2001 Institution: McGill University, PQ, Canada
Qualification: BA Subject: Honours Anthropology

Languages

English:
French:
German:
   

Journals Edited

Archaeological And Anthropological Sciences: Reviewer.
American Journal Of Physical Anthropology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Human Evolution: Reviewer.
Journal Of Dentistry (Jdr): Reviewer.

Other Activities

FORENSIC ASSISTANCE: 

(1) Forensic Osteological Consultant for the Lowndes County Sheriff Department, Valdosta, Georgia. June 2011.

(2) Forensic Osteological Consultant for the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory, Valdosta, Georgia. November 2010, May 2011.

(3) Student Consultant for the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT, Region V) mock mass fatality airplane disaster at Rickenbacker Airport, Columbus, Ohio. 2005.

(4) Forensic Search Technician for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Missing Women Task Force, May-September 2003. RCMP E Division Major Crime Section, Port Coquitlam, Canada.

(5) Internship at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, Gainesville, Florida. 2002.
VIRTUAL RESEARCH COLLECTIONS: 

(1) Construction of an extensive comparative collection of isolated modern human permanent and deciduous teeth (all tooth types and positions), from individuals of known sex, age and ethnicity. Approximately 300 of the 1400 teeth have been scanned using high-resolution micro-CT in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (2006-ongoing)

(2) Performed high-resolution micro-CT scans of the Krapina and Vindija Neandertal isolated dental collections at The Croatian Natural History Museum in Zagreb, under the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (2007)
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD WORK: 

(1) Excavation at Les Cottés, Vienne, France (Mousterian, Chatelperronian, Early Aurignacian). 2007. Principal investigator: Dr. Marie Soressi, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

(2) Excavation at San Marcos Pueblo, Galisteo Basin, New Mexico, USA. (architecture and occupational history of the Pueblo and Spanish Mission areas). 1999. Principal investigator: Dr. Ann Ramenofsky, The University of New Mexico

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Buti L, Le Cabec A, Panetta D, Tripodi M, Salvadori PA, Hublin J-J, Feeney RNM, Benazzi S (2017) '3D enamel thickness in Neandertal and modern human permanent canines'. Journal of Human Evolution, 113 :162-172. Available Online [Details]
Oxilia G, Fiorillo F, Boschin, F, Boaretto E, Apicella SA, Matteucci C, Panetta D, Pistocchi R, Guerrini F, Margherita C, Andretta M, Sorrentino R, Boschian G, Arrighi S, Dori I, Mancuso G, Crezzini J, Riga A, Serrangeli MC, Vazzana A, Salvadori PA, Vandini M, Tozzi C, Moroni A, Feeney RNM, Willman JC, Moggi-Cecchi J, Benazzi S. (2017) 'Letter to the Editor: Reply to Hardy and Buckley: Earliest evidence of bitumen from Homo sp. teeth is from El Sidrón'. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 164 (1):214-215. [DOI] [Details]
Oxilia G, Fiorillo F, Boschin, F, Boaretto E, Apicella SA, Matteucci C, Panetta D, Pistocchi R, Guerrini F, Margherita C, Andretta M, Sorrentino R, Boschian G, Arrighi S, Dori I, Mancuso G, Crezzini J, Riga A, Serrangeli MC, Vazzana A, Salvadori PA, Vandini M, Tozzi C, Moroni A, Feeney RNM, Willman JC, Moggi-Cecchi J, Benazzi S. (2017) 'The dawn of dentistry in the Late Upper Paleolithic: An early case of pathological intervention at Riparo Fredian'. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 163 (3):446-461. [DOI] [Details]
O'Reilly MK, Reese S, Herlihy T, Geoghegan T, Cantwell CP, Feeney RNM, Jones JFX (2015) 'Fabrication and assessment of 3D printed anatomical models of the lower limb for anatomical teaching and femoral vessel access training in medicine'. Anatomical Sciences Education, 9 (1):71-79. [DOI] [Details]
Feeney RNM, Zermeno JP, Reid DJ, Nakashima S, Sano H, Bahar A, Hublin J-J, Smith TS. (2010) 'Enamel thickness in Asian human canines and premolars'. Anthropological Science, 118 (3):191-198. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Nielsen-Marsh C, Stegemann C, Hoffman R, Smith T, Feeney R, Toussaint M, Harvati K, Panagopoulou E, Hublin J-J, Richards M. (2009) 'Extraction and sequencing of human and Neanderthal mature enamel proteins using MALDI-TOF/TOF MS'. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (8):1758-1763. [DOI] [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Tafforeau P, Feeney RNM, Martin LB. (2008) 'Three-dimensional primate molar enamel thickness'. Journal of Human Evolution, 54 (2):187-195. [DOI] [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Feeney RNM, Macchiarelli R, Mazurier A, Bondioli L, Rosas A, Fortea J, de la Rasilla M, Garcia-Tabernero A, Radovčić J, Skinner MM, Toussaint M, Hublin J-J. (2008) 'Dental tissue proportions and enamel thickness in Neandertal and modern human molars'. Journal of Human Evolution, 55 (1):12-23. [DOI] [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Skinner MM, Grine FE, Feeney RNM, Thackeray JF, Hublin J-JH. (2008) 'Three-dimensional molar enamel distribution and thickness in Australopithecus and Paranthropus'. Biology Letters, 4 (4):406-410. [DOI] [Details]
Newell EA, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Field M, Cooke C, Feeney RNM. (2006) 'Life history, crown formation, and linear enamel hypoplasia in the Ceboidea'. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 131 (2):252-260. [DOI] [Details]
Feeney RNM. (2005) 'Investigation of ultrasound methods for the assessment of sex and age from human intact teeth'. Dental Anthropology, 18 (1):2-11. Link to full text [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Oxilia G, Fiorillo F, Boschin, F, Boaretto E, Apicella SA, Matteucci C, Panetta D, Pistocchi R, Guerrini F, Margherita C, Andretta M, Sorrentino R, Boschian G, Arrighi S, Dori I, Mancuso G, Crezzini J, Riga A, Serrangeli MC, Vazzana A, Salvadori PA, Vandini M, Tozzi C, Moroni A, Feeney RNM, Willman JC, Moggi-Cecchi J, Benazzi S. (2017) The dawn of dentistry in the Late Upper Paleolithic: A deeper antiquity of biomedical care and surgical intervention 7th Annual Meeting of the ESHE (European Society for the Study of Human Evolution) Leiden, Netherlands, , 21-SEP-17 - 23-SEP-17 , pp.141-141 Available Online [Details]
Oxilia G, Fiorillo F, Boschin, F, Boaretto E, Apicella SA, Matteucci C, Panetta D, Pistocchi R, Guerrini F, Margherita C, Andretta M, Sorrentino R, Boschian G, Arrighi S, Dori I, Mancuso G, Crezzini J, Riga A, Serrangeli MC, Vazzana A, Salvadori PA, Vandini M, Tozzi C, Moroni A, Feeney RNM, Willman JC, Moggi-Cecchi J, Benazzi S. (2017) The dawn of dentistry in the Late Upper Paleolithic 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists New Orleans, LA, USA, , 19-APR-17 - 22-APR-17 , pp.307-307 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Buti L, Le Cabec A, Panetta D, Tripodi M, Salvadori P, Hublin J-J, Feeney RNM, Benazzi S. (2016) 3D enamel thickness in Neandertal and modern human permanent canines 6th Annual Meeting of the ESHE (European Society for the Study of Human Evolution) Madrid, Spain, , 14-SEP-16 - 18-SEP-16 , pp.60-60 Available Online [Details]
Collin TC, Pinhasi R, Feeney RNM. (2016) Optimisation of metagenomic next generation sequencing shotgun techniques for the study of ancient anthropogenic sediments American Association of Physical Anthropologists Atlanta, Georgia, USA, , 13-APR-16 - 16-APR-16 [DOI] [Details]
Collin TC, Pinhasi R, Feeney RNM (2016) Ancient metagenomics from anthropogenic substrates: Reconstructing and redefining the human past The Annual Meeting of the IAI (Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland) Galway, , 29-APR-16 - 30-APR-16 , pp.5-5 Available Online [Details]
Buti L, LeCabec A, Feeney RNM, Hublin J-J, Benazzi S. (2015) 3D enamel thickness in Neandertal and Homo sapiens permanent lower canines 5th ESHE (European Society for the Study of Human Evolution) Meeting London, United Kingdom, , 10-SEP-15 - 12-SEP-15 , pp.64-64 Available Online [Details]
O'Reilly MK, Glacken L, O'Connor JE, Feeney RNM, Jones JFX. (2014) 3D printing in the anatomical sciences 7th INMED (Irish Network of Medical Educators) Annual Scientific Meeting Belfast, United Kingdom, , 19-FEB-14 - 21-FEB-14 [Details]
Feeney RNM, Sylvester AD, Hublin J-J. (2011) Dental tissue allometry in modern human males and females American Association of Physical Anthropologists [DOI] [Details]
Feeney RNM, Olejniczak AJ, Hublin J-J. (2010) Three-dimensional microtomographic analysis of sexual dimorphism in human molar-crown tissues American Association of Physical Anthropologists [DOI] [Details]
Feeney RNM, Olejniczak AJ, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Hublin J-J. (2009) Variation in dental tissue distribution in molar crowns of human males and females American Association of Physical Anthropologists [DOI] [Details]
Feeney RNM. ; (2008) Sexual dimorphism and tissue distribution in modern human molars 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology Greifswald, Germany, , pp.53 [Details]
Feeney RNM, Olejniczak AJ. (2007) Quantification of inter-observer error in 3D dental tissue measurements American Association of Physical Anthropologists American Journal of Physical Anthropology S44:107, [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Skinner MM, Grine FE, Feeney RNM, Thackeray JF, Hublin J-JH.; (2007) Molar tissue volumes and enamel thickness in South African fossil hominins The Paleoanthropology Association Paleoanthropology A21-22, [Details]
Kupczik K, Olejniczak AJ, Feeney RNM, Skinner MM, Smith TM, Hublin J-J.; (2007) On the relative size of crowns and roots in hominoid molars Proceedings of the 7th Congress of the German Anthropological Association Freiburg, Germany, , pp.141 [DOI] [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Macchiarelli R, Mazurier A, Bondioli L, Rosas A, Fortea J, de la Rasilla M, García-Tabernero A, Skinner MM, Feeney RNM, Hublin J-J.; (2006) Enamel volume and thickness in Neandertal molars: a microtomographic investigation 2D and 3D Insights into Human Evolution Max Planck Institute-EVA, Leipzig, Germany, , pp.35 [Details]
Feeney RNM.; (2005) Investigation of ultrasound methods for the assessment of sex and age from human intact teeth American Association of Physical Anthropologists American Journal of Physical Anthropology S40:102, [DOI] [Details]
                                                                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

My research centres on biological variation and evolution in humans, other living primates and our ancient ancestors from skeletal material. My expertise is in Dental Anthropology, with research interests in comparative biology.
Using cutting-edge imaging technology to examine size and shape variation in hard tissues, my research aims to understand the sources of variation in skeletal and dental morphology and the associated evolutionary changes in the human lineage. I further aim to extend this knowledge for biomedical applications to human health.


UCD Medicine Research Individual Investigator.

 

Recent Postgraduates

Postdoctoral Supervisor for Dr. Beatriz Gamarra, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MC ref: 703373-ANCIENT TEETH), An integrative analysis of shifting trends in dental traits in human populations from Neolithic to Iron Age, June 2016-May 2018.

Postdoctoral Supervisor for Dr. Daniel Gaudio, Irish Research Council Fellowship (IRC ref: GOIPD/2016/89), Identification of unknown migrant victims: A project to improve identification methodologies for sex estimation on subadult human remains and the determination of their geographic origin using isotopes and aDNA, June 2017-May 2019. 

MSc Supervisor for Kevin Reilly, Enamel thickness variation in human molars and its importance for the practice of interproximal reduction, MSc Anatomy, 2014.

 
PhD Co-Supervisor for Kellie Sara Duffett Carlson, Irish Research Council Fellowship (IRC ref: GOIPG/2015/3507): A biomechanical perspective on understanding facial variation and dietary transitions: Trabecular architecture of the Pleistocene and Holocene human mandible, PhD Archaeology, expected 2019. 

Current Postgraduate Students

Thomas Collin, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Maria Cristina Serrangeli, Master of Science (MSc)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

       

Developing as a Teacher

UCD Professional Certificate in University Teaching and Learning: (1) UTL40200-Designing Modules for Engaging and Effective Learning (2015), (2) UTL40140-Assessing for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2016). .............................................................................................................................................................................................. Certificate in Cranial Juvenile Osteology for Medical, Forensic and Archaeological Practitioners (embryology, developmental osteology and morphology of cranial bones), Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Scotland, September 2011. .............................................................................................................................................................................................. UCD Modules Coordinated: Clinical Human Anatomy III (2016-Present) Introduction to Physical and Forensic Anthropology (2015-Present) Gastrointestinal Tract and Liver Biology (2011-2016) Clinical Human Anatomy I (2011-2015) ............................................................................................................................................................................................... UCD Contributed Teaching: Cross-Sectional Anatomy (postgraduate module) (2014) Clinical Human Anatomy III (2012-Present) Renal Biology (2012-Present) Clinical Human Anatomy II (2012-2013) Gastrointestinal Tract and Liver Biology (2011-2016) Introduction to Physical and Forensic Anthropology (2011-Present) Basic Tissues and Early Development (2011-2012, 2015) Clinical Human Anatomy I (2011-2015) Endocrine Biology (2011-2013) Endocrine in Health and Disease (postgraduate module) (2011-2013) Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Structure (postgraduate module) (2011-2013)
 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

School of Archaeology (Prof. Ron Pinhasi).
 
School of Medicine and Medical Science, Anatomy Section (Prof. James Jones).

External Collaborators

University of Bologna, Ravenna, IT (Drs. Stefano Benazzi and Laura Butti).

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, DE / European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, FR (Dr. Adeline LeCabec). 

University of Vienna, Vienna, AT (Dr. Ron Pinhasi).

Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE)/Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, AU (Dr. Tanya Smith).
  
Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA (Dr. Adam Sylvester).