Sandra Assis

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Full members
Institutional subunit: NOVA FCSH
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Thematic line:
Research interests: Biological anthropology | Paleopathology | Paleohistology
Research contexts: Portugal
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Biographical note

Sandra Assis holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology (University of Coimbra, Portugal). She holds a Master degree in Human Evolution (2007) and a BA in Anthropology (2002) from the University of Coimbra. She is a research member of Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA/NOVA FCSH), and president of GEEvH – Group of Studies in Human Evolution. She possesses a significant training in anthropological fieldwork and laboratory analysis of skeletal human remains. Her research interests are focused on the study and diagnosis of pathological conditions through the application of histological techniques. She has published several scientific papers and co-organized numerous scientific meetings. During her graduation, she has successfully combined her studies with other commitments focused on science communication. On this scope, she has published a science book for children that explores the importance of the human skeleton. She has also developed pedagogical activities for children and for the general public in the field of human evolution.

Sandra Assispub398*2016ArticleASSIS, S.; KEENLEYSIDE, A, 2016, "Below the callus surface: applying paleohistological techniques to understand the biology of bone healing in skeletonized human remains", Pathobiology, 83 (4):
Sandra Assispub398*2015ArticleASSIS, Sandra; CASIMIRO, Sílvia, ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca, 2015, "A possible case of acquired syphilis at the former Royal Hospital of All-Saints (RHAS) in Lisbon, Portugal (18th century): a comparative methodological approach to differential diagnosis", Anthropologischer Anzeiger, 72 (4):
Sandra Assispub398*2016ArticleASSIS, Sandra; GARCIA, Joana, 2016, "Femoral bowing deformity: possible aetiologies in a 14th-19th century skeleton from Constância (Portugal)", Journal of Paleopathology, 26 (1):
Sandra Assispub398*2015ArticleASSIS, Sandra; KEENLEYSIDE, Anne; SANTOS, Ana Luísa; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves, 2015, "Bone diagenesis and its implication for disease diagnosis: the relevance of bone microstructure analysis for the study of past human remains", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 21 (4):
Sandra Assispub398*2016ArticleASSIS, Sandra; SANTOS, Ana Luísa; KEENLEYSIDE, Anne, 2016, "Paleohistology and the study of human remains: past, present and future approaches", Revista Argentina de Antropologia Biológica, 18 (2):
Sandra Assispub398*2016ArticleCARDOSO, Francisca Alves; ASSIS, Sandra; HENDERSON, Charlotte, 2016, "Exploring poverty: skeletal biology and documentary evidence in 19th-20th century Portugal", Annals of Human Biology, 43 (2):
Sandra Assispub398*2017Paper in proceedingsCASIMIRO, Sílvia; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves; SILVA, Rodrigo Banha da; ASSIS, Sandra, 2017, "¿Requiescat in pace? Abordagem transdisciplinar a possíveis casos de enterramentos atípicos identificados na necrópole Noroeste de Olisipo", in José Morais Arnaud; Andrea Martins (orgs.), Arqueologia em Portugal: 2017, Estado da Questão, Atas do II Congresso de Arqueologia, Lisboa, Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses, pp. 1229-1241, ISBN:
Sandra Assispub398*2015ArticleMILELLA, Marco; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves; ASSIS, Sandra; PERRÉARD-LOPRENO, Genevieve; SPEITH, Nivien, 2015, "Exploring the relationship between entheseal changes and physical activity: a multivariate study", American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156 (2):
Sandra Assispub398*2017Paper in proceedingsNORA, David; PEREIRA, Joana; MONTEIRO, Patrícia; PAIXÃO, Eduardo; ASSIS, Sandra; ÉVORA, Marina; DUARTE, Carlos; MARREIROS, João; CARVALHO, Vânia; HOLLIDAY, Treton; PEREIRA, Telmo, 2017, "Abrigo da Buraca da Moira, Leiria: resultados preliminares do projeto EcoPlis", in José Morais Arnaud; Andrea Martins (orgs.), Arqueologia em Portugal: 2017, Estado da Questão (II Congresso de Arqueologia), Lisboa, Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses, pp. 393-402, ISBN:
Sandra Assispub398*2015ArticleREI, Seara; ASSIS, Sandra, 2015, "Resgatando a memória de um lugar: dados preliminares da intervenção arqueológica na Capela de S. Sebastião, Ourém", Cadernos de Estudos Leirienses, 5:
Sandra Assispub398*2016ArticleVILLOTTE, Sébastien; ASSIS, Sandra; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves; HENDERSON, Charlotte Yvette; MARIOTTI, Valentina; MILELLA, Marco; PANY-KUCERA, Doris; SPEITH, Nivien; WILCZAK, Cynthia A.; JURMAIN, Robert, 2016, "In search of consensus: terminology for entheseal changes (EC)", International Journal of Paleopathology, 13:

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