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Laura Beatriz Porro

by Callum Ross last modified Dec 20, 2012 01:08 PM

Laura now has a folding bicycle.

She no longer works in the lab.



Laura Porro

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Room 407, Anatomy Building (1027 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA)

E-mail: lporro(at)

Feeding and Biomechanics of Living and Fossil Reptiles, 3D visualization, Finite-Element Analysis, Early Dinosaur Evolution


I am a postdoctoral scholar working in the Ross Lab, interested in the biomechanics of feeding in living and fossil archosaurs. After completing degrees in Biological Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and pursued a PhD in Palaeobiology in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Cambridge.

Current Courses

The Human Body - 1st year anatomy course at the Pritzker School of Medicine

Research Interests

Mandibular mechanics of crocodilians


Feeding strategies and cranial biomechanics in ornithischian dinosaurs


Diversity, taxonomy and evolution of heterodontosaurids

Although my work centers around biomechanics, I have also described a number of dinosaur specimens, specifically focusing on heterodontosaurids.

I am currently describing the remains of a new species of heterodontosaurid from South Africa.



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