Dr Helen Chatterjee


Personal Profile

Name: Helen Chatterjee Email: h.chatterjee@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Dr Tel: 020 31084104
Department: Genetics, Evolution & Environment Fax: 020 76797193
Position: Senior Lecturer Address: Darwin Building, Gower Street, University College London, London, WC1E 6BT
Research Domain: Basic Life Sciences Web Page:  


Research Description

My principal field of interest lies in primate phylogenetics and morphological adaptation. Specifically the phylogenetic, ontogenetic and functional significance of morphological and molecular variability, among various species of primate. I am particularly interested in using data generated from this type of study in biogeographic analyses in order to reconstruct patterns of speciation in SE Asian primates. More recently I have extended my biogeographic work to include conservation biogeography, with a focus on the role of environmental change, particularly climate change, on species diversity and success.

My museological research involves the role of touch in the heritage context, exploring the value of object handling for knowledge transfer, wellbeing and enjoyment.

Research Activities

Mammal evolution and Biogeography

Object-Based Learning

Education Description

I currently teach on BIOL1006 Evolution, Dvelopment and Biodiversity, BIOL2009 Animal Form and Function and BIOL2002 Fieldcourse in Environmental Biology. I also teach and organise BIOL3018 Vertebrate Life and Evolution.

UCL Collaborators

Dr Rosalind Duhs

External Collaborators

Professor Pam Meecham



    • Parr WCH, Soligo C, Smaers J, Chatterjee HJ, Ruto A, Cornish L, Wroe S (2014). Three-dimensional shape variation of talar surface morphology in hominoid primates. Journal of Anatomy, , - . doi:10.1111/joa.12195
    • Thomson L, Chatterjee H (2014). Assessing well-being outcomes for arts and heritage activities: Development of a Museum Well-being Measures toolkit. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 5(1), 29 - 50. doi:10.1386/jaah.5.1.29_1
    • Paddon HL, Thomson LJM, Menon U, Lanceley AE, Chatterjee HJ (2014). Mixed methods evaluation of well-being benefits derived from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients. Arts & Health, 6(1), 24 - 58. doi:10.1080/17533015.2013.800987


    • Chatterjee HJ, Noble G (2013). Museums, Health and Wellbeing.
    • Vogelpoel N, Lewis-Holmes B, Thomson L, Chatterjee HJ (2013). Touching Heritage: Community Health and Wellbeing Promotion through Sustainable and Inclusive Volunteer Programming in the Museums Sector. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 6(1), 109 - 119.
    • Ander E, Thomson L, Chatterjee HJ (2013). Culture‚Äôs place in well-being: measuring museum well-being interventions. In Coles R, Millman Z (Ed.), Landscape, Well-being and Envrionment (pp. - ). : Routledge.
    • Hannan L, Duhs R, Chatterjee HJ (2013). Object Based Learning: a powerful pedagogy for higher education. In Boddington A, Boys J, Speight C (Ed.), Museums and Higher Education Working Together Challenges and Opportunities (pp. - ). : Ashgate Publishing Limited.
    • Ander E, Thomson L, Chatterjee H, Noble G, Lanceley A, Menon U (2013). Heritage, health and well-being: Assessing the impact of a heritage focused intervention on health and well-being. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 19(3), 229 - 242. doi:10.1080/13527258.2011.651740
    • Ander EE, Thomson LJM, Lanceley A, Chatterjee HJ, Blair K, Noble G, Menon U (2013). Using museum objects to improve wellbeing in mental health service users and neurological rehabilitation clients. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(5), 208 - 216. doi:10.4276/030802213X13679275042645
    • Camic PM, Chatterjee HJ (2013). Museums and art galleries as partners for public health interventions. PERSPECTIVES IN PUBLIC HEALTH, 133(1), 66 - 71. doi:10.1177/1757913912468523


    • Lanceley A, Noble G, Johnson M, Balogun N, Chatterjee H, Menon U (2012). Investigating the therapeutic potential of a heritage-object focused intervention: a qualitative study.. Journal of Health Psychology, 17(6), 809 - 820.
    • Parr WCH, Chatterjee HJ, Soligo C (2012). Calculating the axes of rotation for the subtalar and talocrural joints using 3D bone reconstructions. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 45(6), 1103 - 1107. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.01.011
    • Chatterjee HJ, Tse JSY, Turvey S (2012). Using Ecological Niche Modelling to predict spatial and temporal distribution patterns in Chinese small apes (gibbons, Family Hylobatidae). Folia Primatologica: international journal of primatology, 83, 85 - 99. doi:10.1159/000342696
    • Thomson LJ, Ander EE, Menon U, Lanceley A, Chatterjee HJ (2012). Enhancing Cancer Patient Well-Being With a Nonpharmacological, Heritage-Focused Intervention.. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, , - .
    • Thomson LJM, Ander EE, Menon U, Lanceley A, Chatterjee HJ (2012). Quantitative evidence for wellbeing benefits from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients. International Journal of Art Therapy, 17(2), 63 - 79. doi:10.1080/17454832.2012.687750


    • Parr WCH, Ruto A, Soligo C, Chatterjee HJ (2011). Allometric shape vector projection: A new method for the identification of allometric shape characters and trajectories applied to the human astragalus (talus). Journal of Theoretical Biology, 272, 64 - 71.
    • Parr WCH, Chatterjee HJ, Soligo C (2011). Inter- and intra-specific scaling of articular surface areas in the hominoid talus. J ANAT, 218(4), 386 - 401. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7580.2011.01347.x
    • Ander E, Thomson L, Noble G, Lanceley A, Menon U, Chatterjee H (2011). Generic well-being outcomes: towards a conceptual framework for well-being outcomes in museums. Museum Management and Curatorship, 26(3), 237 - 259. doi:10.1080/09647775.2011.585798
    • Chatterjee HJ, Thomson L, Ander E, Menon U, Lanceley A (2011). Evaluating the therapeutic effects of museum object handling with hospital patients: A review and initial trial of wellbeing measures. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 2(1), 37 - 56.


    • Chatterjee HJ, Duhs R (2010). Object Based Learning in Higher Education: Pedagogical perspectives on enhancing student learning through collections..
    • Chatterjee HJ (2010). The Funky Gibbon.


    • Chatterjee HJ, Root-Gutteridge HAJ (2009). Philippine Panay Island Bushy-Tailed Cloud Rat (Crateromys heaneyi): A Preliminary Behavioural Study of Captive Cloud Rats. International Journal of Biology, 1(2), 3 - 11.
    • Chatterjee HJ (2009). Staying Essential: Articulating the Value of Object Based Learning. University Museums and Collections Journal, , - .
    • Chatterjee HJ, Noble G (2009). Object Therapy: A Student-selected Component Exploring the Potential of Museum Object Handling as an Enrichment Activity for Patients in Hospital. Global Journal of Health Sciences, 1(2), 42 - 49.
    • CHATTERJEE H, Vreeland S, Noble G (2009). Museopathy: Exploring the Healing Potential of Handling Museum Objects.. Museum and Society, 7(3), 164 - 177.
    • Chatterjee HJ, Ho SYW, Barnes I, Groves C (2009). Estimating the phylogeny and divergence times of primates using a supermatrix approach. BMC EVOL BIOL, 9, - . doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-259


    • Chatterjee HJ (2008). Touch in Museums: Policy and Practice in Object Handling.
    • Chatterjee HJ, Noble G (2008). Enrichment programs in hospitals: Using museum loan boxes in University College London Hospital. In Chatterjee H, MacDonald S, Prytherch D, Noble G (Ed.), Touch in Museums (pp. 215 - 223). : Berg Publishers.


    • Chatterjee HJ, Barnes I, Upchurch P, Shore R (2006). Primate Evolution in South East Asia.
    • Chatterjee HJ (2006). Phylogeny and Biogeography of gibbons: A dispersal-vicariance analysis.. International Journal of Primatology, 27(3), 699 - 712.


    • Chatterjee HJ, Parr W (2004). Locomotor adaptations in primates and other mammals.


    • Chatterjee HJ (2002). Morphology versus Molecules: Compatibility or Conflict in Reconstructing Primate Evolution. General Anthropology, 8(2), 1 - 5.


    • Chatterjee H (2001). Phylogeny and Biogeography of Gibbons, Genus Hylobates..


    • Chatterjee HJ, Collard M, Aiello LCT, M (2000). Historical Biogeography of Gibbons.


    • Chatterjee HJ, Barnes I, Thomas M (1999). Hylobatid Systematics: An analysis based on morphological and molecular data.

    • Chatterjee H (). Evolutionary relationships among the gibbons, a biogeographic perspective. In Lappan SM, Whittaker DJ, Geissmann T (Ed.), The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology (pp. - ). : Springer.
    • CHATTERJEE H (). Object-Based Learning In Higher Education: The pedadogical power of museums.. University Museums and Collections Journal., Published online 17/02/2011, - .
    • Chatterjee HJ (). How many digits does a cetacean have? Developing a practical zoology Open Educational Resource for the Biosciences based around Museum specimens.