Grants, Fellowships, Awards

Research Grants & Fellowships

2018: Monash University, Project Start up Grant (CIA).

2016: Early Career research Travel Grant and School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland.

2016: Outreach Grant Society of Experimental Biology: co-CIA with Dr Jose Iriarte-Diaz. Determinants of the mammalian feeding system design.

2015: Research Collaboration Seeding Grant, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences & Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland: CI. [Smith M., Tucker K., Panagiotopoulou O., Hatton A.].. Lower limb kinematics and muscle control after lateral ankle sprains. $23,927

2014: University of Queensland (UQ) Major Equipment and Infrastructure (MEI) & National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Equipment Grant – 2014000089 CI. [Hug F., Tucker K., Hodges P., Lichtwark G., Panagiotopoulou O., Cresswell A., Carroll T., Emerick Salomoni S., Crossley K., Barber L., Claus A.]. Quantification of muscle mechanical properties by an innovative shear wave elastography technique for basic and clinical science . $69,000.00

2013: University of Queensland, School of Biomedical Sciences-Project Start up Grant – 606441

2010: EU Marie Curie FP7 Reintegration Fellowship (PI). MACACA project. Determinants of mandibular form during intra oral food processing. €30,000

2009: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Research Grant (Named Postdoc). Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. £433,077

Symposium Chair in International Conference

2017: Invited co-Editor with Dr. Iriarte-Diaz of a special issue on “Determinants of Mammalian Feeding System Design” in Zoology Volume 124

2016: The 11th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM). Determinants of the mammalian feeding system design (co-chair with Dr. Iriarte-Diaz)

Research Awards & International recognition

  • 2019: Nominee for the Eureka Prize-Outstanding Mentro for Young Researchers
  • 2018: Monash Graduate Education, Supervisor Accreditation, Certificate
  • 2016 The Materialise FEA Challenge
  • 2014 Nominee for the Women in Technology Queensland Life Science Research Award
  • 2011 Society of Biology certificate for satisfactorily completing accredited training for personnel working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986
  • 2009 Mildred Trotter Prize for the best paper on skeletal biology and adaptation at the 78th Annual International Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, Chicago Illinois.
  • 2005 Bakalas Institution of Greece (PI). Bone mechanics and anatomy €36,000.
  • 2005 The Leakey Trust Dissertation Award (PI)  £500
  • 2005 Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) Student Tuition Award, MSc Degree £3,500.

Teaching Awards/Nominations

  • 2019 Nominee for Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award, American Association of Anatomists
  • 2018 Nominee for Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award, American Association of Anatomists
  • 2017 Nominee for the 2017 Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award, American Association of Anatomists
  •  2017 Teaching and Learning Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland
  • 2016 Teaching and Learning Recognition Award for Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (COCSL), Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland
  • 2015 Teaching and Learning Excellence Award, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland.

 Invited & Keynote Talks

2019

  1. The effect of the power stroke at different times in the chewing cycle on mandibular strain and bending regimes of the primate jaw. Panagiotopoulou O, Iriarte Diaz J, Ross CF. Symposium on finite element analysis and skull mechanics, 12th International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology, Prague. (Oral Presentation)

2016

  1. Padding out pad pain: understanding locomotor foot mechanics in large mammals using a combination of experimental and modelling techniques. Australian Podiatry Association Victoria State Conference, Melbourne
  2. Impact of feeding behavior on the deformations of the macaque mandible. 11th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Washington DC

2015

  1. Form function of the mammalian feet. Experimental Biology & American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting, Boston USA

2014

  1. X-ray moving morphology and functional mechanics. 3D Printing for medical application, Queensland Women in Technology
  2. X-ray moving morphology and functional mechanics. Griffith University, Australia. 3D Printing Forum
  3. Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. Mimics Materialise International Conference, India, Delhi

2013

  1. Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Barcelona, Spain

2010

  1. What makes an accurate subject-specific FE model? A case study of a validated elephant femur using laser speckle interferometry. 9th International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Punta del Este, Uruguay
  2. How much anatomical precision is needed. A case study of the periodontal ligament. 9th International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Punta del Este, Uruguay

Scientific Presentations (Abstract Submission)

*Presenting Author

2019

  1. Sharp AC, Watson PJ, Panagiotopoulou O. Biomechanical factors on the evolution of unique cranial modifications in rabbits and hares (Leporids): a combined effect of locomotion and mastication. 12th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Prague Czech Republic, July 2019 (Oral Presentation)
  2. Mehari Abraha H, Ross CF, Prado FB, Perussi M, Panagiotopoulou O. Effect of implants on mechanics of the primate mandible during unilateral chewing. 12th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Prague Czech Republic, July 2019 (Oral Presentation)
  3. Mehari Abraha H, Ross CF, Prado FB, Perussi M,Panagiotopoulou O. Effect of mandibular fracture bone plate repair on mechanics of the mandible during chewing. XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics and 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Calgary Canada (Poster Presentation)
  4. Diaz SB, Qu X, De Veer M, Panagiotopoulou O, Rosello-Diez A. Bone Automated Segmentation and Interactive Length Interrogation in Standardized µCT scans (BASILISC). European Molecular Biology Workshop, Barcelona, Spain (Poster Presentation)
  5. Ross CF*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Taylor AB, Dechow PC, Wilshin S,  Mehari Abraha H, Panagiotopoulou O. Strain regimes in the ramus of Macaca mulatta estimated using finite element modeling. 88th International Meeting, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Cleveland, USA (Oral Presentation)

2018

  1. Mehari Abraha H*, Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. The effect of mandibular fracture bone plate repair on the mechanics of the lower jaw during chewing. Postgraduate Symposium, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, Monash University Australia (Oral Presentation)
  1. Panagiotopoulou O*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Mehari Abraha H, Taylor AB, Wilshin S, Dechow PC Ross CF. Determinants of feeding behavior and food material properties on the deformations of the macaque mandible. 87th International Meeting, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, Texas, USA (Oral Presentation)
  2. Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Wilshin S, Dechow PC, Aljunid SF, Taylor A, Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O.The effect of the periodontal ligament on the mechanics of the primate mandible during chewing. Monash Biomedical Sciences Discovery Institute, Monash University (Poster Presentation
  3. Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Taylor AB , Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. The effect of mandibular fracture bone plate repair on the mechanics of the lower jaw during chewing. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, 8th International Postgraduate Symposium, Brisbane, QLD (Oral Presentation)
  4. Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Taylor AB , Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. The impact of the periodontal ligament on the mechanics of the primate jaw during post-canine chewing. 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Human Biology, Ballarat, Victoria (Oral Presentation) Second Best Student Presentation Award
  5. Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Ross CF, Taylor AB, Wilshin S, Dechow PC, Panagiotopoulou O. The impact of the periodontal ligament on the mechanics of the primate jaw during post-canine chewing. Australian Society for Medical Research, QLD Postgraduate Student Conference, Brisbane (Poster Presentation)
  6. Panagiotopoulou O*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Wilshin S, Dechow PC, Taylor AB, Mehari Abraha H, Ross CF. Impact of feeding behavior on the deformations of the macaque mandible. The 12th International Mammalogical Congress, Perth (Oral Presentation).
  7. Weisbecker V*, Speck, C, Mehari Abraha H, Sharp A, Terhune CE, Johnston S, Panagiotopoulou O. Deep time to conservation: Quantifying shape variation within the last four vombatiform species through 3D Geometric Morphometrics. The 12th International Mammalogical Congress, Perth (Oral Presentation).
  8. Jannel A*, Romilion A, Panagiotopoulou O, Nair JP, Salisbury SW. Rhoetosaurus bronei and the evolution of sauropod hind foot pressures. Conference of Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS), Queenstown, New Zealand. (Oral Presentation). Best Student Presentation Award.

2016

  1. 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, The University of Queensland, 7th International Postgraduate Symposium, Brisbane, QLD (Poster Presentation)
  2. Jannel A*, Panagiotopoulou O, Romillo A, Nair J, Salisbury S. Simulated range of motion and hindfoot posture of Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926 (Sauropoda, Gravisauria). Palaeo down under 2. Adelaide (Oral Presentation)
  3. Jannel A*, Panagiotopoulou O, Romillo A, Nair J, Salisbury S. Reconstruction of the motion and hindfoot posture of Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926 (Sauropoda, Gravisauria). Lyon, France (Poster Presentation)
  4. Mehari Abraha H*, Weisbecker V, Terhune CE, Morrison RE, Wailan MA, Mullins CM, Sharp A, Johnston S, Panagiotopoulou O. Comparative shape analysis of koalas and wombats. 11th International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Washington DC (Poster Presentation)

2015

  1. Abraha Mehara H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Wilshin S, Dechow PF, Aljunid SF, Ilankovan A, Grosse I, Taylor A, Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. The effect of subcortical geometry and material properties on deformation in the macaque mandible during chewing. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, 6th International Postgraduate Symposium, Brisbane, QLD (Poster Presentation)

2013

  1. Warner SE*, Henry V, Roskilly K., Panagiotopoulou O, Hutchinson JR. Limb loading causes variable increases in internal digital cushion pressure in horses. Int’l Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, USA (Oral presentation)

2012

  1. Warner SE*, Pickering , Panagiotopoulou O, Pfau T, Ren L, Hutchinson Size-related biomechanical constraints on foot impacts in ungulate mammals. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) USA (Oral presentation)

2011

  1. Warner SE*, Pickering P, Panagiotopoulou O, Pfau T, Ren L, Hutchinson JR. Frequency content of impact force signals in ungulates.  Society of Experimental Biology (SEB), UK (Oral presentation)
  2. Panagiotopoulou O*, Pataky TC, Hutchinson JR. Pressure patterns on the feet of large mammals during walking. Society of Experimental Biology, Glasgow, UK (Oral presentation)

2010

  1. Panagiotopoulou O*, Cobb S. Is the functional adaptation of the mandibular symphysis during ontogeny constrained by the presence of the developing permanent incisors? American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA (Oral presentation)
  2. Warner SE*, Pickering P, Panagiotopoulou O, Pfau T, Ren L, Hutchinson JR. Scaling of foot impact mechanics in ungulate mammals. Society of Experimental Biology (SEB), Czech Republic (Oral presentation)

2009

  1. Panagiotopoulou O*, Cobb S. Testing the adaptive significance of the catarrhine symphysis using Finite Element Analysis. 78th Annual International Conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Chicago, Illinois (Poster presentation)
  2. Cobb S*, Panagiotopoulou O. Anterior mandibular morphology, masticatory biomechanics and dietary reconstructions of fossil hominoids. Society of the Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Bristol (Poster presentation)

2008

  1. Panagiotopoulou O*, Cobb S. What determines the shape of the mandibular symphysis? Society for the Study of Human Biology (SSHB), Oxford (Oral presentation)
  2. Panagiotopoulou O*, Cobb S. Biomechanical adaptation in the mandibular symphysis of European Miocene hominoids. Colloquium on European Fossil Primates, Part of the VII Simposio della Società Paleontologica Italiana, Siena and Grosseto, Italy (Oral presentation)
  3. Panagiotopoulou O*, Cobb S. Determinants of the symphyseal form in the Catarrhine mandibles: models of biomechanical and spatial requirements during ontogeny. Inaugural Northern England Primate Meeting, University of York (Oral presentation)
  4. Panagiotopoulou O*, Cobb S. Modelling trabecular and cortical bone in the macaque mandible: Do internal geometry and material properties matter? Approaches to Functional Morphology Workshop, Natural History Museum of London (Poster presentation)

Recent Invited Seminar Talks

  1. How to fix a broken jaw: A biomechanical insight into faster healing of mandible fractures. Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, 2019
  2. Biomechanics of the Primate Mandible in Health and Post Fracture Fixation. Biological Anthropology Research Seminars, Australian National University, 2019
  3. The stories bones tell: Insight into bone mechanics & pathologies. Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Monash University, 2018
  4. Form-function relationship of the anterior mandible. Yorkshire Archaeology Postgraduate Conference, University of Sheffield. 2008
  5. Bone mechanics during dynamic activities: Pitfalls and problem solving. Bioinformatics Monash Platform, Monash University, 2018
  6. From teeth to feet: Biomechanical and morphological determinants of the vertebrate masticatory and locomotor systems. School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, 2017
  7. Impact of feeding behavior on the deformations of the macaque mandible. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, 2016
  8. Biomechanics of mammalian feet during locomotion: an integrative 3D analysis. Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2015
  9. How to build an accurate and reliable Finite Element Model. Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2015
  10. Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. Department of Zoology, University of New England, Australia, 2014
  11. Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, 2013
  12. Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. Department of Anatomy, Monash University, Australia, 2013
  13. Study of the form-function-motion relationship of hard and soft tissues during ontogeny using Experimental techniques and computer simulations. Department of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor School of Dentistry, Dallas, USA. 2011
  14. Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Brown, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. 2011
  15. Determinants of symphyseal form in the mandible: Biomechanical and spatial requirement models during ontogeny. Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College, University of London, UK. 2010
  16. The mechanical function of the periodontal ligament in the macaque mandible: a validation and sensitivity study using finite element analysis. Craniofacial Biomechanics Workshop: in vivo to in silico, University of York. 2009
  17. Form-function relationship of the anterior mandible. Yorkshire Archaeology Postgraduate Conference, University of Sheffield. 2008