Laura Castells Navarro is a former Cumberland Lodge Fellow. She is part of the Cranfield Recovery and Identification of Conflict Casualties team of Cranfield University. Laura studied Human Biology and Life Sciences at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona and went on to complete an MSc in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology at the University of Bradford, then a PhD analysing a potentially nutrition-related condition (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis) in English and Catalan populations stretching through the Roman Empire to the 19th century.
Laura's PhD aimed to find out more about the condition from archaeological human remains, in order to improve the diagnosis of the condition in modern-day medicine. Since finishing her PhD, she has been writing articles and applying for funding to continue her research.
Laura has also worked with older people who have autism to meet their needs, and to help them to increase their independency; and with university students with learning difficulties or disabilities, facilitating their study and providing opportunities equal to those of their peers. Her interest in health has also taken her to collaborate in the You Are What You Ate workshops at the University of Bradford, and in the creation of a workbook for the Young Archaeologist Club. Both projects aimed to increase the health awareness in children using archaeological examples of diet related diseases.