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))

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.