Deputy Director of UCL Museums & Collections
Museums and Collections
University College London
London WC1E 6BT
+44 (0)20 7679 4113
Helen Chatterjee is Deputy Director of UCL Museums & Collections and a Lecturer in Biology at University College London. After completing a BSc in Natural Environmental Science and an MSc in Palaeoanthropology at the University of Sheffield, Helen moved to UCL to undertake a PhD and took up the role of Curator at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Helen stayed at the Grant Museum for 10 years and took up the post of Deputy Director of UCL Museums & Collections in 2006. In UCL Biology she teaches mammalian evolution, field biology and comparative anatomy and has research interests in primates and bats.
Her museological research interests include touch and value of object handling, the role of ‘object therapy’ in healthcare and the integration of museum object handling in university teaching and research. Externally, Helen is a council member on the London Museums Group and is a mentor for the Museums Association’s continuing professional development scheme AMA+
- 1996-2001 - PhD Phylogeny and biogeography of gibbons, Genus Hylobates. University College London
- 1994-1996 - MSc. (with Distinction) Palaeoanthropology. University of Sheffield
- 1991-1994 - BSc. Natural Environmental Science. University of Sheffield
- 2006-Present – Lecturer in Biology and Deputy Director, UCL Museums & Collections
- 1995-2006 - Research Fellow and Curator, Grant Museum of Zoology
- Mammal evolution (phylogeny and biogeography, particularly Southeast Asian mammals)
- Touch and value of object handling (particularly ‘object therapy’ in hospitals and Object Based Learning at tertiary level)
- Chatterjee, H.J., Ho, S.Y.W., Barnes, I., Shore, R. & Groves, C. (In review). A New Combined Molecular Phylogeny for the Order Primates, with Relaxed-Clock Estimates of Divergence Times using Multiple Fossil Calibrations. Molecular Biology and Evolution.
- Chatterjee, H. J. (2008). Touch in Museums: Policy and Practice in Object Handling. Berg Publications.
- Chatterjee, H. J. (2008) Evolutionary relationships among the gibbons, a biogeographic perspective. In: The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology, Lappan, S. M., Whittaker, D. J. and Geissmann, T. (eds) Springer Press.
- Chatterjee, H. J. (2007). Staying Essential: Articulating the Value of Object Based Learning. UMAC Conference Paper 2007. http://publicus.culture.hu-berlin.de/umac/2007/Chatterjee_07.pdf
- Chatterjee, H. J. (2006). Phylogeny and Biogeography of gibbons: A dispersal-vicariance analysis. International Journal of Primatology. 27 (3). 699-712.
- Chatterjee, H. J. Barnes I, Upchurch P, & Shore, R (2006). Primate Evolution in South East Asia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 129 [S42], 74-75.
- Parker, S. E (2006). Robert Edmond Grant (1793-1874) and his Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. Edited by H. J. Chatterjee and J. Cain. Grant Museum Special Publication Series, UCL. London.
- Chatterjee H. J, Barnes I, Upchurch P, & Shore, R (2005). Biogeographic Evolution of South East Asian Primates. Primate Eye. 87, 22.
- Levey, S. & Chatterjee, H. J. (2005). Virtual Education Resources for the Biosciences. Centre for Bioscience Bulletin, HE Academy. Edition 16 Autumn.
- Chatterjee, H. J. & Parr, W. (2004). Locomotor adaptations in primates and other mammals. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 38, 74.
- Chatterjee, H. J. (2002) Biogeography of Gibbons: Congruence testing with other South East Asian Primates. The Proceedings of the 19th Congress of the International Primatological Society. 115
- Chatterjee, H. J. (2002) Morphology versus Molecules: Compatibility or Conflict in Reconstructing Primate Evolution. General Anthropology. 8 (2), 1-5.
- Chatterjee, H. J. (2001) Phylogeny and Biogeography of Gibbons, Genus Hylobates. Unpubl. PhD Thesis, University of London.
- Chatterjee, H. J., Collard, M, Aiello, L. C. & Thomas, M. (2000). Historical Biogeography of Gibbons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 30, 122.
- Chatterjee, H. J., Barnes, I., & Thomas, M. (1999). Hylobatid Systematics: An analysis based on morphological and molecular data. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 28, 105.
- Associate of the Museums Association
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