Dr Patrick Mahoney is a human skeletal biologist who specialises in reconstructing the cell mechanisms underlying the morphology of hard tissues, especially deciduous teeth and long bones. This allows Patrick to address questions related to growth and development, bioarchaeology and human evolution.
Dr Mahoney was awarded a first class BSc degree in Archaeology from University College London in 1999, and a distinction for an MSc in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology from the University of Sheffield in 2000. With Research Council funding, he gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2004. Before joining the School of Anthropology and Conservation at Kent in 2008 as a Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, Patrick was employed as a postdoctoral researcher on AHRC and NSF-funded projects researching dental development in humans and fossil primates.
Funded by The Leverhulme Trust (2019-2022). Examining the ways cell mechanisms relate to biorhythms and somatic growth rates across human populations. Collaborating with Professor Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg (Ohio State University), Dr Carolina Loch and Sophie White (University of Otago), Dr Priscilla Bayle (University of Bordeaux), Dr Bruce Floyd (University of Auckland), Dr Gina McFarlane and Rosie Pitfield (University of Kent)
Deciduous tooth growth in modern humans
Producing population-specific tooth growth charts in a global sample of children. The charts can be used to estimate juvenile age-at-death and to identify the timing of surface enamel defects. Funded by a Royal Society equipment grant.
Comparisons of great ape and modern human deciduous teeth
Identifying differences in the cell mechanisms that lead to tooth morphology, to contribute towards our understanding of human evolution
Deciduous tooth growth in the Krapina Neanderthals
Analysing the microstructure of Neandertal fossil deciduous teeth (130 ka BP), via synchrotron radiation microtomography, to characterise the prenatal and early post-natal phases of Neanderthal ontogeny. Collaborating with Dr Alessia Nava (PI on the project; University of Rome, University of Kent), Dr Davorka Radovčič (Croatian Natural History Museum), Luca Bondioli (Museo delle Civiltà, Rome), Alfredo Coppa (University of Rome), Professor David Frayer (University of Kansas).
Dr Mahoney is not teaching this academic year as he is working full-time on a research project.
Dr Mahoney can supervise research projects in human skeletal biology, especially histology projects that aim to understand microstructural growth mechanisms, and is happy to discuss potential projects,