School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Liina Mansukoski

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PhD student


Liina completed her BSc (Hons) in Anthropology at Durham University in 2014. She continued her studies at Durham and finished her MSc by Research in Biological Anthropology in October 2015. Liina’s thesis focused on secular trends in both endochondral and appositional growth parameters in a Finnish skeletal population from late 19th and early 20th century. Her current research interests include human life history biology, growth and ageing.


Title: Reserve Capacity, Life History Biology and Human Senescence

This PhD study investigates human senescence and Reserve Capacity (RC). It is hypothesized that people with greater physiological RC at young adulthood will have generally slower rates of ageing and a greater resilience to adverse life events. The study population are former participants of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) Longitudinal Study of Child and Adolescent Development. This research will follow up on individuals who took part in the study as children and adolescents and are now 70 to 80 years old. The RC hypothesis has not been well investigated in lower income countries and never investigated using the combination of physical, bone health and cognitive data available from the UVG study.

The PhD project is funded by the Finnish Osk. Huttunen Foundation.

Keywords for Discipline and Research Area: 

senescence; human growth; reserve capacity; life history; Guatemala