Prof Anna Oettlé is an Associate professor at the Department of Anatomy and Histology, at Sefao Makgatho University and an extraordinary lecturer at the Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria. She is also an NRF-rated researcher at level C2 (Established researcher). Prof Anna Oettlé holds the following qualifications: MBBCh (Wits), DTE (Pret), MSc (Anat) cum laude (Pret), PhD (Pret).
Prof Anna Oettlé qualified as medical doctor from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988. While completing the primary Anatomy exams towards specialisation, she was offered a position in the Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria (UP). The experience as medical practitioner sensitized her to the possible clinical applications of her research findings, a connection which is not often made in physical anthropology.
In 2009, she directed her focus to three dimensional (3D) analysis of structure, attended a workshop in France and initiated the first human studies in South Africa on cone beam computer tomography (CBCT) enabling 3D visualisation and detailed measurements of inner structures. As the structure of the mandible is particularly sensitive to tooth loss, she designed her PhD study to describe these changes and their clinical implications.
She has since supervised three BSc (hons), an MSc student, three PhD students and four postdoctorate fellows utilizing CBCT and its newer version, Micro-Focus X-ray tomography. She was involved in the motivation for the acquisition of this apparatus at Necsa (South African Nuclear Energy Corporation), Pelindaba. A PhD student: Charlotte Theye: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Charlotte_Theye: is continuing with detailed descriptions of the structure of the mandible with tooth loss as well as dimensions of dental tissues applicable for implantations. She has attracted the attention of international researchers from Kent, Ghent and New York and is partly being funded by the implantation company, Southern Implants.
She is supervising and preparing, current and prospective MSc and PhD students on the facial approximation process. Three of these students have already received training at the Facial laboratory of Prof Caroline Wilkinson, Liverpool John Moores University. Extraordinary appointed Dr. Demeter from the Facial Reconstruction unit in Paris, as well as Prof. Vandermeulen from the Medical Imaging Research Centre in Leuven, Belgium are actively involved in her research and have visited our department bi-annually in 2016 and 2017.
- Oettlé AC, Pretorius E and Steyn M. Geometric morphometric analysis of the use of mandibular gonial eversion in sex determination. HOMO 2009; 60: 29-43.
- Oettlé AC, Fourie J, Human-Baron R and van Zyl AW. The midline mandibular lingual canal: importance in implant surgery. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2015: 17: 93–101.
- Oettlé AC, Demeter F and L’Abbé EN. Ancestral variations in the shape and size of the Zygoma. Anatomical Record 300.1 2017: 196-208. cited by 1
- Pan L, Thackeray JF, Dumoncel J, Zanolli C, Oettlé A, de Beer F, Hoffman J, Duployer B, Tenailleau C, and Braga J. Intra-individual metameric variation expressed at the enamel-dentine junction of lower post-canine dentition of South African fossil hominins and modern humans. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2017 Aug;163(4):806-815.
- Cazenave M, Braga J, Oettlé A, Thackeray JF, de Beer F, Hoffman J, Endalamaw M, Redae BE, Puymerail L and Macchiarelli R. Inner structural organization of the distal humerus in Paranthropus and Homo. Comptes Rendus Palevol. 2017: 16: 521-532.
- de Jager E, du Plessis A, Hoffman J, Oettle A, Bosman M – Visualization of the ventricles of the brain: A Micro-Focus X-ray study. Anatomical Record. Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23726
- Beaudet A, Dumoncel J, de Beer F, Durrleman S, Gilisseng E, Oettlé A, Subsol G, Thackeray JF, and Braga J. The endocranial shape of Australopithecus africanus: surface analysis of the endocasts of Sts 5 and Sts 60. Journal of Anatomy. Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue. doi:10.1111/joa.12745