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Art in Science

Part of Women In STEM Activities

Hi, I’m Dr Caroline Erolin and I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee. As part of my job, I do research and teach Medical Art. I teach students how to use art materials and computers to make images of the human body. These can be used to help patients understand their disease better and to teach doctors.

Learn more about Caroline’s job and career journey in her career profile in Dr Caroline Erolin in Women In STEM.

Watch the following video to see how I started drawing animals when I was a child and ended up doing the job I do today.

I am also involved in figuring out ways to create 3D digital models, just like the ones in the activity sheet! These 3D digital models can be interacted with, meaning they can be moved around. I look at how we might use these 3D models for learning the different parts of the human body, or the ‘human anatomy’. I am also interested in how we can look at these 3D models using virtual reality (VR).

Scan of Hippopotamus Skull (by Dr Caroline Erolin)

Now it is your turn to get drawing!

On the activity sheet you will find links to two ‘Sketchfab’ accounts. Sketchfab is an online platform for sharing 3D models. One of the accounts is for human anatomy and includes scans of real bones and 3D models of human anatomy created by Caroline and her students. The other account has scans of zoological (animal) specimens, such as an elephant skull and a rhinoceros beetle! These scans are from the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum based at the University of Dundee.

Dr Caroline Erolin
Dr Caroline Erolin Senior Lecturer, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, School of Science & Engineering, University of Dundee.
Digital Hand Model (by Dr Caroline Erolin)
Medical Illustration (PDF)

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