Caroline Erolin (Needham)

Erolin (Needham)

Senior Lecturer, MSc Medical Art
Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee

Lecturer in Medical Art (Teaching and Scholarship). Programme Leader MSc Medical Art

Dr Caroline Erolin joined the University in 2005 and began lecturing in 2007, leading a variety of modules on the MSc’s Medical Art and Forensic Art & Facial Identification. In 2014 she became the course leader for the MSc in Medical Art and led the restructure of course ensuring it was up to date and fit for purpose. Caroline remains actively involved in consultation and service work both within the department and with external clients.

Her research interests focus on the future of medical art and artists, particularly in relation to new and developing technologies. She obtained her PhD in 2016 with her research into the development and use of the virtual reality haptic dissection of anatomical models.  Caroline is also involved in research projects and collaborations with many other members of staff and students.
Caroline Erolin holds a PhD in Medical Visualisation, an MPhil in Medical Art, and PGCert in Higher Education. She is member of numerous professional bodies including the Medical Artists Association (MAA), the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI), the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 
Caroline is course coordinator for the MSc in Medical Art and also runs a number of modules across both the MSc’s in Medical and Forensic Art & Facial Identification. Having been involved with the courses since their inception in 2007 she has helped develop and refine them over this time. Caroline has supervised a number of Masters research projects on topics including; developing a patient communication iPad application, Medical Illiteracy and the development of e-learning tutorials for medical and anatomy students.  
At the end of each academic year Caroline helps the students put on an exhibition of their artwork as part of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design's ‘Masters Show’:
  • Erolin, C, Lamb, C, Soames, R & Wilkinson, C. 2016, 'Does virtual haptic dissection improve student learning? A multi-year comparative study'. in JD Westwood, SW Westwood, L Fellander-Tsai, CM Fidopiastis, A Liu, S Senger & KG Vosburgh (eds), Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 22. Los Angeles. IOS Press. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 220, pp. 110-117. ISBN print: 978-1-61499-624-8
  • Short, LJ, Khambay, B, Ayoub, A, Erolin, C, Rynn, C & Wilkinson, C. 2014, 'Validation of a computer modelled forensic facial reconstruction technique using CT data from live subjects: a pilot study' Forensic Science International, vol 237, pp. 147. ISSN (Print): 0379-0738
  • Erolin, C, Shoja, MM, Loukas, M, Shokouhi, G, Rashidi, MR, Khalili, M & Tubbs, RS. 2013, 'What did Avicenna (Ibn Sina, 980-1037A.D.) look like?' International Journal of Cardiology, vol 167, no. 5, pp. 1660-1663. ISSN (Print): 0167-5273
  • Strong, J & Erolin, C. 2013, 'Preference for detail in medical illustrations amongst professionals and laypersons' Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, vol 36, no. 1-2, pp. 38-43. ISSN (Print): 1745-30
  • Hyde, L, Erolin, C, & Ker, J 2012, 'Creation of abdominal palpation model prototype for training of medical students in detection and diagnosis of liver disease' Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, vol 35, no. 3, pp. 104-14.
  • Erolin, C, Wilkinson, C & Soames, R. 2011, 'Virtual reality haptic dissection' Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, vol 34, no. 4, pp. 193-199. ISSN (Print): 1745-3054


Caroline is actively involved in many community and educational outreach projects and was a member of the human identification research group who were awarded the Stephan Fry Award for Public Engagement in 2012.
Selected exhibits