Dr.  Mason  Dean
Dr. Mason Dean
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Dr. Mason Dean

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Dr. Mason Dean

Education & Professional positions

Independent Researcher
Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Grant, Principal Investigator (since 2013)
MPIKG, Department Biomaterials

Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellow;
Advisor: Dr. Peter Fratzl
MPIKG, Department Biomaterials

Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology;
Advisor: Dr. Adam Summers
University of California Irvine (UCI), California, USA

M.S. in Zoology;
Advisor: Dr. Philip J. Motta
Department of Biology, University of South Florida (USF), Florida, USA

A.B. w/ Distinction in Biology, concentration Marine Biology
Department of Biology, Duke University

Selected publications

(See here for a full list:

  1. Liu, X, MN Dean, H Youssefpour, AP Summers & JC Earthman (2014) Stress relaxation behavior of tessellated cartilage from the jaws of blue sharks. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 29: 68-80. (
  2. Habegger, ML, PJ Motta, DR Huber & MN Dean (2012) Feeding biomechanics in bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) during ontogeny. Zoology. 115(6): 354-364. (
  3. Dean, MN & R Shahar (2012) The structure-mechanics relationship and the response to load of the acellular bone of neoteleost fish: a review. Journal of Applied Fisheries – ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches in Fish Skeletal Biology’ volume. 28: 320-329. (
  4. Dean, MN, AP Summers & LA Ferry (2012) Very low pressures drive ventilatory flow in chimaeroid fishes. Journal of Morphology. 273(5): 461-479. (
  5. Dean, MN, LF Hale, CG Mull, SN Gorb & AP Summers (2009) Ontogeny of the tessellated skeleton: Insight from the skeletal growth of the round stingray Urobatis halleri. Journal of Anatomy. 215(3): 227-239. (
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