Dr Alana Sharp

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biomechanics - School of Science & Technology

Alana Sharp

Phone: +61 2 6773 2138

Email: asharp6@une.edu.au

Twitter: @AlanaCSharp


Alana started a postdoc in biomechanics at the University of New England in 2015. She completed a PhD at Monash University on the functional morphology of marsupial skulls, using methods such as computed tomography (CT) based 3D biomechanical modelling, finite element analysis and virtual reconstruction. Alana’s current research focuses on human bipedal gait, stride-to-stride variability and the structure and function of the foot.


BSc (Hons), PhD Monash

Teaching Areas

ANAT110: Introduction to Human Anatomy
ANAT120: Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Research Interests

Comparative anatomy and biomechanics of vertebrates, including humans, and understanding the relationships between form, function and evolution of the musculoskeletal system using methods such as finite element analysis and geometric morphometrics.


Selected Recent Publications

Sharp, AC (2015) Comparative finite element analysis of the cranial performance of four herbivorous marsupials. Journal of Morphology 276(10): 1230-1243 DOI:10.1002/jmor.20414

Sharp, AC and Trusler, PW (2015) Morphology of the Jaw-Closing musculature in the Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) using Digital Dissection and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. PLOS ONE 10(2): e0117730.

Sharp, AC (in press) A quantitative comparative analysis of the size of the frontoparietal sinuses and brain in vombatiform marsupials.

Trusler, PW and Sharp, AC (in press) Description of new cranial material of Propalorchestes, (Marsupialia: Palorchestidae) from the Middle Miocene Camfield Beds, Northern Territory, Australia.

Sharp, AC (2014) Three dimensional digital reconstruction of the jaw adductor musculature of the extinct marsupial giant Diprotodon optatum. PeerJ 2:e514; DOI 10.7717/peerj.514.