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Inês Varela-Silva

Senior Lecturer in Human Biology, Loughborough University

I am a Human Biologist with a keen interest in global health and well-being throughout the lifespan. My research focus on child growth and health in low-income countries, and among children suffering from poverty, and discrimination. I use a biocultural approach on my research, which puts in perspective the symbiotic effects biology and culture have on humans. I am passionate in disseminating my research through artistic outputs. Science and arts should mingle more. (see my CV here


  • 2014–present
    Senior lecturer in Human Biology, Loughborough University
  • 2007–2014
    Lecturer in Human Biology, Loughborough University
  • 2000–2006
    Assistant Research Scientist, University Michigan-Dearborn
  • 1996–2000
    Assistant Professor, University of Coimbra


  • 2006 
    University Michigan, PostDoc Biological Anthropology
  • 2005 
    University of Lisbon, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Quantifying Healthy birth, growth and development knowledge integration
    Co-Principal Imvestigator
    Funding Source:
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Human Biology Association (Executive Committee and Professional Membership)
  • Society for the Study of Human Biology (Professional Membership)