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Dr. Olga Panagiotopoulou BA (Hons), MSc, Ph.D

Head of the Moving Morphology and Functional Mechanics Laboratory

Recipient of the 2015 SBMS Teaching and Learning Excellence Award

Lecturer in Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences

Research Affiliate, Rory Hensman Elephant Research Unit, South Africa

Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Room 433-Otto Hirschfeld Building (81)
University of Queensland
St Lucia 4072, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Tel: +61 7 3365 4443


I am an evolutionary morphologist, functional anatomist and biomechanist interested in assessing the links between form (morphology), function (mechanics) and pathology of the vertebrate musculoskeletal system during feeding and locomotion.

I received my BA at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2003, my MSc on Human Osteology and Palaeopathology from the University of Bradford, UK in 2006 and then I obtained my PhD at the University of York, UK in 2010. Straight after my PhD I joined the Structure and Motion Laboratory at the Royal Veterinary College as a 3 year BBSRC postdoc on comparative locomotor mechanics and pathology. The last two years of my postdoc appointment, I received a Marie Curie Reintegration Fellowship on chewing mechanics during which I rounded my training working closely with Callum Ross (University of Chicago) and Paul Dechow (Baylor School of Dentistry).

My team consists of passionate young researchers who share a love for science and challenging projects. We work with humans, non-human primates and impressive gigantic animals (elephants, rhinos, giraffes and more) from  safari parks across the globe. My research projects involve extensive field work and the application of ground-breaking experimental techniques, mathematical models and computer simulation to better understand how the musculoskeletal system works.

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Twitter: @uqopanagio