Alongside his academic post, Michael Berthaume serves as treasurer of LSBU’s LGBTQ+ organisation, and sits on the School of Engineering’s EDI committee. He studied mechanical engineering and anthropology at UMass, Amherst before moving to Europe in 2013 and completing postdoctoral researcher positions in bioengineering and anthropology at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology and Imperial College London.
Michael believes that transdisciplinary research is the future, providing a holistic view of problems and enabling them to be solved in new ways. He is working to establish the independent, transdisciplinary field of anthroengineering, which combines anthropology and engineering to address questions within and beyond both disciplines. The three main pillars of his research are human evolutionary biomechanics, the mechanics of human biological variation, and medical devices (prosthetics) for LMICs.