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Dr. Angelique Corthals

Bio & Curriculum Vitae

About Me

I am a biomedical researcher and forensic anthropologist. I am interested in biological processes, specifically in genotype to phenotype processes.

My biomedical research is specialized in the role of metabolism in autoimmune (with focus on neurodegeneration) and infectious diseases, as well as aging.

My biological/forensic anthropology research focuses on the histopathology of trauma and diseases, including computational solutions (machine-learning) to analyse and accurately render morphological features and linked them to their molecular mechanisms.

These two foci of research, as well as my experience building and developing Biobanks (biological repositories) for both medicine and natural history applications, have led me to be a consultant expert with Doctors without Borders on diagnostic technology and clinical guidelines for HIV/TB, neglected or emerging diseases (e.g. Chagas, COVID-19) for use in Low and Middle Income Countries or Communities (LMICs).

Experience

2009 - Present

City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Associate Professor (2018 - Present)

Assistant Professor (2009 - 2018)

Department of Sciences

Teaching and Research: Biomedical Research, Pathology, Forensic Pathology & Forensic Anthropology

Courses Taught can be found HERE and Research can be found HERE

2009 - Present

Doctors without Borders - Medecins sans Frontieres

Consultant

Campaign For Access to Essential Medicines

‣ Consultant on diagnostic technology (Dx), Point-of-Care (PoC) and clinical guidelines for HIV viral load, emergent (e.g. COVID-19) and neglected (e.g. Chagas) infectious diseases as well as non-infectious diseases

‣ Field: Southern Africa (Johannesburg, Maputo)

July 2012 - March 2016

SUNY Stony Brook Medicine

Scientific Director of the Biobank (2012 - 2016)

Research Assistant Professor (2014 - 2016)

Assistant Professor (2012 - 2014)

Department of Pathology

Developed the legacy tissue collection into the BioBank for the Department of Pathology and Cancer Center BioBank

‣ Developed and built the SBU BioBank facilities

‣ Set-up the policies and scientific protocols of the BioBank

‣ Identified and developed new bioinformatics solutions for data acquisition, aggregation and standardization, including e-Pathology, for tissue specimens with Dr. Joel Saltz’s team

‣ Clinical research: The Tangled Roots of Multiple Sclerosis: Epidemiology and Epigenetics of MS – The Role of Lipids in Neurodegeneration

April 2016 - Present

SUNY Stony Brook

Adjunct Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology and Biology

Department of Anthropology

Courses taught: ANP 391 and BIO 150

September 2006 - September 2008

University of Manchester, U.K.

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Biomedical and Forensic Studies

Department of Life Sciences

‣ Courses taught: BIOL60231 - Introduction to Biomedical Theory and Techniques; BIOL60262 - Human Imaging, Anatomical and Forensic Methods; BIOL60420 - Microscopy, Tissue Preparation and Image Analysis

‣ Subjects taught: ancient DNA methods, Forensic science, anatomy and osteology, Paleopathology, Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Biology

‣ Research: ecology of infectious diseases in ancient and modern times + databasing tissue collection

July 2000 - May 2006

American Museum of Natural History

Curatorial Associate ecturer (Director) - April 2003 to May 2006)

Collection Manager - July 2000 - April 2003

Ambrose Monell Collection for Molecular and Microbial Research (AMCC)

‣ Launched the Ambrose Monell Collection for Molecular and Microbial Research under the leadership of Drs. DeSalle and Hanner

‣ Developed research projects for the NSF-funded programs at the AMNH and other institutions

‣ Supervised all activities of the Monell collection from field collection expeditions and scientific protocols, to grant writing and fund raising

‣ Trained new technicians and interns

‣ Organized and established administrative and scientific protocols used at the laboratory

‣ Helped in the development the database system “Freezerworks” for use natural history collections. Built administrative database (Access). Helped develop the facilities web site and web database interface (including mysql database)

Education

2008

University of Manchester, U.K.

Certificate in Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Life Sciences

1999 - 2003

University of Oxford, U. K.

DPhil (Ph.D)

St Cross College (Link)

Department of Zoology

Oriental Institute

1997 - 1999

University of Oxford, U. K.

MPhil

Merton College (Link)

Department of Zoology

Oriental Institute

1993 - 1997

Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Licenciee (BA/MA summa)

Anthropology, Biological Anthropology & Archaeology

1996

Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Certificate in Anthropology and Human Paleontology

Anthropology, Biological Anthropology & Archaeology

1992 - 1993

Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Candidate in Slavonic Studies

Department of Linguistic

1992

University of St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Studies Program Certificate

Department of Russian Culture and Language

1992

Royal Academy of Music, Aywaille, Belgium

Diploma in Theory of Music and Violin

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