Grants, Fellowships, Awards

Research Grants & Fellowships

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. 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). Quantification of muscle mechanical properties by an innovative shear wave elastography technique for basic and clinical science . $69,000.00

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

Awards & International recognition

  • 2016 The Materialise FEA Challenge
  • 2016 Nominee for the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MABS) Teaching Award for Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL), The University of Queensland
  • 2015 Teaching and Learning Excellence Award, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • 2014 Nominee for the Women in Technology Life Science Research Award
  • 2014 Elected member for the International Society of Vertebrate Morphology Nominating Committee
  • 2014 Invitation to join the Review Editorial Board of Frontier in Biomechanics Journal, Nature Publishers
  • 2011 Society of Biology Certificate for surgery on carnivores, large mammals and rodents.
  • 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.

Symposium Chair in international conferences

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

 Recent Invited & Keynote Talks

  • Padding out pad pain: understanding locomotor foot mechanics in large mammals using a combination of experimental and modelling techniques. Australia Podiatry Association, Victoria State Conference, Melbourne, 2016
  • Impact of feeding behaviour on the deformations of the macaque mandible. 11th International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology, Washington DC, 2016
  • All-round digital: Combining innovative learning resources and virtual technology for increased student engagement, EduTech National Congress and Expo, Brisbane, 2015
  • Biomechanics of mammalian feet during locomotion: an integrative 3D analysis. International Society of Vertebrate Morphology & American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting, Boston USA 2015
  • X-ray moving morphology and functional mechanics. 3D Printing for medical application, Women in Technology 2014
  • X-ray moving morphology and functional mechanics. Griffith University, Australia. 3D Printing Forum 2014 
  • Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. Mimics Materialise International Conference, India, Delhi 2014
  • Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Barcelona, Spain 2013

Scientific Presentations (Abstract Submissions)

*Presenting Author

2017                                                                                    

  1. Impact of feeding behavior on the deformations of the macaque mandible. Panagiotopoulou O* , Iriarte-Diaz J , Wilshin S , Dechow PC , Taylor AB , Mehari Abraha H, Ross CF. The 12th International Mammalogical Congress, Perth (Oral Presentation).
  2. Deep time to conservation: Quantifying shape variation within the last four vombatiform species through 3D Geometric Morphometrics. Weisbecker V*, Speck, C, Mehari Abraha H, Sharp A, Terhune CE, , Johnston S, Panagiotopoulou O. The 12th International Mammalogical Congress, Perth (Oral Presentation).

2016

  1. The impact of the periodontal ligament on the mechanics of the primate jaw during postcanine chewing. Mehary Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Wilshin SM Dechow PF, Aljunid SF, Taylor A, Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. International Postgraduate Conference in Biomedical Science, The University of Queensland (Poster Presentation)
  2. Simulated range of motion and hindfoot posture of Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926 (Sauropoda, Gravisauria). Jannel A*, Panagiotopoulou O, Romillo A, Nair J, Salisbury S. Palaeo down under 2. Adelaide (Oral Presentation)
  3. Reconstruction of the motion and hindfoot posture of Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926 (Sauropoda, Gravisauria). Jannel A*, Panagiotopoulou O, Romillo A, Nair J, Salisbury S. Lyon, France (Poster Presentation)
  4. Comparative shape analysis of koalas and wombats. Mehari Abraha H*, Weisbecker V, Terhune CE, Morrison RE, Wailan MA, Mullins CM, Sharp A, Johnston S, Panagiotopoulou O. 11th International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Washington DC (Poster Presentation)

2015

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

Recent Invited Seminar Talks

  • Impact of feeding behavior on the deformations of the macaque mandible. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, 2016
  • Biomechanics of mammalian feet during locomotion:an integrative 3D analysis. Department of Organismic Biology, Harvard University, 2015
  • How to build an accurate and reliable Finite Element Model. Department of Organismic Biology, Harvard University, 2015
  • Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. Department of Zoology, University of New England, Australia, 2014
  • Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, 2013
  • Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. Department of Anatomy, Monash University, Australia, 2013
  •  Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Brown, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. 2011
  • Study of the form-function-motion relationship of anatomical hard and soft tissues. Department of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor School of Dentistry, Dallas, USA. 2011