My team

My lab consists of passionate and highly motivated young scientists that share an insatiable desire for learning new skills in the field of functional anatomy. Integrating students into research is a necessity for enriching their academic experience beyond the classroom and for creating a vibrant laboratory atmosphere that provides learning opportunities for all.

I am always keen to work with positive students who love science and are open to exploring new experimental and simulation techniques. If this is you, contact me for further discussion.


Primary Advisor

(2017) Kirby Pitt, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

(2016) Manuel Wailan, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

(2016) Chi Ying Ho, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

(2015) Hyab Mehari Abraha, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

(2014) Maddie Day, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

(2014) Grace Jauristo, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

(2014) Adrian Malisano, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

Associate Advisor

(2017), Cruise Speck, School of Biological Sciences, UQ (50% supervision)

(2016), Sam Belina, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ (25% supervision)

(2015) Philippa Champerlain, School of Biological Sciences, UQ


Associate Advisor

(2015) Christina Quah School of Agricultural and Food Sciences, UQ


Primary Advisor

(2017-2020) Hyab Mehari Abraha The effect if mandibular fixations on bone mechanics during chewing (Co-supervision with Callum Ross (University of Chicago), Andrea Taylor (Touro University, California and Dr. Vera Weisbecker (UQ))

Outstanding Achievement of Hyab Mehari Abraha since joining my lab

Prizes, Distinctions, Awards and Scholarships

2017: Australian Postgraduate Award recipient for PhD project

2015: Michael F Hickey Prize for being the highest graded honours graduate in the fields of Anatomy and Physiology.

2015: University of Queensland Deans Commendation for Academic Excellence upon completion of Bachelor of Science (Honours)

2015: Poster Prize at the International Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Symposium

Student Conference Proceedings (* Presenting Author)

2016: Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Wilshin SM Dechow PF, Aljunid SF, Taylor A, Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. The impact of the periodontal ligament on the mechanics of the primate jaw during postcanine chewing. School of Biomedical Sciences International Postgraduate Conference, University of Queensland.

2016: Mehari Abraha H*, Weisbecker V, Terhune C.E, Morrison R.E, Wailan M.A, Mullins C.M, Sharp A, Johnston S, Panagiotopoulou O. Comparative shape analysis of koalas and wombat. International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Washington D.C. (Poster Presentation)

2015: Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Wilshin S, Dechow PF, Aljunid SF, Akrami M, Gross I, Taylor A, Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. The effect of subcortical geometry and material properties on deformation in the macaque mandible. School of Biomedical Science International Postgraduate Symposium, University of Queensland. (Poster Presentation)

Associate Advisor

(2015-2018) Tianyi Feng Spermatogenesis and Sperm Assessment in the Australian Giant TIger Prawn, Penaeus monodon (Fabricius, 1798) (C0-supervision with Steve Johnston, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, UQ.

(2015-2018) Andrea Jannel Palaeoecological and biomechanical inferences of sauropodan dinosaur tracks from the Lower Cretaceous Broome Sandstone of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia (Co-supervision with Steve Salisbury), School of Biological Sciences, UQ.

(2010-2014) Dr. Sharon Warner (Co-supervision with Prof. Hutchinson and Dr. Weller, The Royal Veterinary College. UK). Sharon’s PhD work looked into the scaling of foot impact mechanics with the aim of understanding why foot pathologies are so common in large captive mammals. I subsequently focused on mammals with extreme foot design, i.e. horses and elephants, to uncover how variation in foot morphology relates to mechanical function.