Dr Rebecca Shepherd BSc (Hons)

Lecturer in Anatomy

Current Research

I am currently involved in the following projects:

What is the role of bone marrow adipocytes in bone health and disease?

This project explores the role of fat cells inside bone marrow tissue and investigates whether they influence the onset of osteoarthritis.

Can Raman spectroscopy distinguish between species using chemical signatures from ivory?

This research aims to use the non-destructive laser-based technique, Raman Spectroscopy, to identify the chemical differences between elephant and mammoth ivory, obtained from the Natural History Museum. It is hoped, on completion of this project, that we can demonstrate chemical differences between ivory samples, which could have applications in the prevention of ivory trade.

Never Explain
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Light Up Lancaster (November 2018) Inside My Body
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Bright Club (October 2019) Funny Bones
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Campus in the City (May 2019) Food to Faeces
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Morecambe Bay Medical Journal (Journal)
Editorial activity

Faculty of Health and Medicine (Organisational unit)
Membership of committee

Lancaster University (Organisational unit)
Membership of committee

Taylor and Francis (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Cave Young Investigator
Prize (including medals and awards)

Institute of Biomedical Science President's Prize
Prize (including medals and awards)

Neil Mackenzie Public Engagement Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

UK/Russia Bioinspired Materials Conference – Poster Prize Winner
Prize (including medals and awards)

Gregor Mendel Medal for Excellence in Biosciences
Prize (including medals and awards)