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.

Higher Degree Research

  1. PhD 2019-ongoing: Sarah Fung (Primary Advisor, Monash University). Thesis title: Jaw fracture mechanics in the juvenile mandible.

  2. PhD 2017- ongoing: Hyab Mehari Abraha (Primary Advisor, Monash University). Thesis title: The impact of implant fixations and surgical reconstructions on the mechanics of the jaw. 

Prizes, Distinctions, Awards and Scholarships

2019: Fulbright Future Fellowship

2018: Second Prize for Best Oral Presentation at the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology Postgraduate Symposium: Mehari Abraha H, Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. The effect of mandibular fracture bone plate repair on the mechanics of the lower jae during chewing.

2018: Mehari Abraha H. Jaw Fracture and the Bio-mechanics of Chewing. 3-Minute Thesis, Monash University, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Monash University Finalist

2017: Second Prize for Best Oral Presentation at the Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB) Meeting, Ballarat, VIC.

2017: Nominee for the Fulbright Fellowship

2017: Nominee for the Best Poster Presentation at the Australian Medical Research Postgraduate student award

2017: Australian Postgraduate Award recipient for PhD project with Dr Panagiotopoulou commenced January 2017

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

3. PhD 2015-2019: Andreas Jannel (Associate Advisor). Thesis title: Palaeoecological and biomechanical inferences of sauropodan dinosaur tracks from the Lower Cretaceous Broome Sandstone of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. Primary Advisor : Dr Steve Salisbury, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.

4. Silke Cleuren (Associate Advisor 15%). Primary Advisor: Associate Professor Alistair Evans, Monash University

ALUMNI

2015-2018: Dr. Tianyi Feng (Associate Advisor 10%). Thesis title: Spermatogenesis and Sperm Assessment in the Australian Giant Tiger Prawn, Penaeus monodon (Fabricius, 1798). Primary Advisor: Assoc. Professor Steve Johnston 50%, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.

Other Associate Advisors: Dr Brian Paterson (DAF QLD) (30%); Dr Gregory Coman 10% (CSIRO); Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou 10% (Monash University)

PhD 2010-2014: Dr. Sharon Warner (Associate Advisor 20%). Thesis title: Basic principles of foot design, locomotor impact mechanics and disease in large mammals (funded by the Royal Veterinary College and BBSRC). Primary Advisor: Professor John R Hutchinson (70%) & Professor Renate Weller (10%)  The Royal Veterinary College, UK.

MSc

MSc Veterinary Science 2015-2016: Christina Quah (Associate Advisor). Thesis title: 3D reconstructed computer models of bone pathology in a koala and bridled nail tail wallabies and their potential application to veterinary education. Primary Advisor: Assoc. Professor Chiara Palmieri, School of Veterinary Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia

Honours

  1. 2020: Nicholas Kong (Primary Advisor). Thesis title: Biomechanics of the mandible post fracture fixation.
  2. 2018: Sarah Fung (co-Advisor). Thesis title: A functional analysis of the carabelli train in Australian Aboriginal dentition. Primary Advisor: Dr Luca Fiorenza, Monash University
  3. 2017: Kirby Pitt (Primary Advisor). Thesis title: The effect of chewing on the deformations of the macaque craniofacial skeleton. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  4. 2017: Cruise Speck (co-Advisor). Thesis title: Mandibular shape variation in wombats (50-50% supervision with Dr Vera Weisbecker). School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  5. 2017: Laura Humphries (Associate Advisor). Thesis title: Reconstruction and biomechanics of the developing mammalian jaw joint and middle ear using 3D Imaging software in three marsupial species. Primary Advisor: Dr Vera Weisbecker, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  6. 2016: Chi Ying Ho (Primary Advisor): Thesis title: Distribution of locomotor foot pressures in Australian cows reared on natural substrates. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  7. 2015: Hyab Mehari Abraha (Primary Advisor): Thesis title: Determinants of bone properties on the mechanics of the primate jaw during chewing. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  8. 2015: Philippa Champerlain (Associate Advisor): Thesis title: Foot problems in captivity in mega-vertebrates. Primary Advisor: Dr Steven Salisbury, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  9. 2014: Grace Jauristo (Primary Advisor): Thesis title: Regional foot pressures during walking in Australian domestic dromedary camels. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  10. 2014: Madeleine Day (Primary Advisor): Thesis title: Foot pressure Locomotor mechanics in African elephants (Loxodonta africana). School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  11. 2014: Adrian Malisano (Primary Advisor): Thesis title: Foot distribution in domestic sheep during walking. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.

 2010-2012: BVet Med Hons students working on animal foot pressures during locomotion (Geekie Cameron, Murphy Joshua Ian, Phillipa Dobbs, Lisa Brown, Katherine Jones, Erin Carney); on subchondral bone density in horses (Amy Amelleney) and on material properties of mammalian foot tendons and ligaments (Gamston Timothy Allan) (Associate Advisor). Primary Advisor: Professor John R Hutchinson

Undergraduate research student advising     

2019: DEV3990 Summer Project: The function of the juvenile jaw during feeding. (Natalia Zivcic) Monash University

2019: Summer Scholarship, Monash University Department of Physiology. Applications of camera lucida in anatomy teaching (Nithya Thennakoon-Mudiyanselage; Shao Qin Lim; Shuang Joyce Xiao). Primary Supervisor Dr. David Reser; co-supervisors Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou; Dr. Margaret Simmons

2018: DEV3990 Winter Project: The effects of developing dentition on the mechanical function of the primate jaw. A preliminary analysis using 3D virtual reconstruction and computer modelling (Erin Jones) Monash University.

2017: Anatomy and Function of foot muscles (Michael Valdinocci) Recipient of the School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland. Winter Scholarship.

2015-2016: Sheep Foot Locomotor Pressures (Manuel Wailan); 3D reconstruction of the elephant foot (Rebecca Morrison); Investigation of the pathological and non-pathological Bilby hock (Xavier Jovellanos)

2014-2015: BioMed students working on 3D reconstructions and foot joint kinematics (Jan Janzekovic, Vyjayanthi Kinhal, Cameron Sunderland, Philip Janowicz).

2013-2014: BioMed students working on mammalian foot kinematics (Esther McElrea, Philip Janowicz (recipient of the School of Biomedical Sciences Student Award), Cameron Sunderland, Peter Steyn.

MENTORSHIP, MONASH UNIVERSITY EARLY CAREER RESEARCH PROGRAME

2019: Mentor of Dr Jia Jia Lim (Level A, Research Fellow, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

2018-2019: Mentor of Dr Anita Pinar (Level A, Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology).

2018: Mentor of Medical Students on 3D virtual reconstruction techniques of human feet MRIs (Timothy Thinh Quang Nguyenl; Simran Bhopal; Dinushi de Alwis)