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. [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

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

  • 2016 The Materialise FEA Challenge
  • 2014 Nominee for the Women in Technology Life Science Research Award
  • 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.

Teaching Awards

  • 2017 Teaching and Learning Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Faculty of Medicine
  • 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.

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)

 Invited & Keynote Talks

  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 2016 Invited Speaker
  2. Impact of feeding behavior on the deformations of the macaque mandible. 11th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Washington DC, 2016 Invited Speaker and Symposium Chair
  3. Form function of the mammalian feet. International Society of Vertebrate Morphology & American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting, Boston USA 2015 Invited Speaker
  4. All-round digital: Combining innovative learning resources and virtual technology for increased student engagement, EduTech National Congress and Expo, Brisbane, 2015 Invited Keynote Speaker
  5. X-ray moving morphology and functional mechanics. 3D Printing for medical application, Women in Technology 2014 Invited Speaker
  6. X-ray moving morphology and functional mechanics. Griffith University, Australia. 3D Printing Forum, Plenary speaker 2014 Plenary Keynote Speaker
  7. Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. Mimics Materialise International Conference, India, Delhi 2014 Plenary Keynote Speaker
  8. Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Barcelona, Spain 2013 Invited Symposium Speaker
  9. 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 2010 Invited Symposium Speaker
  10. How much anatomical precision is needed. A case study of the periodontal ligament. 9th International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), Punta del Este, Uruguay 2010 Invited Symposium Speaker

 

Scientific Presentations (Abstract Submission)

*Presenting Author

2017                                                                                    

 

  1. The effect of mandibular fracture bone plate repair on the mechanics of the lower jaw during chewing. Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Taylor AB , Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. UQ School of Biomedical Sciences 8th International Postgraduate Symposium, Brisbane (Oral Presentation)
  2. The effect of mandibular fracture bone plate repair on the mechanics of the lower jaw during chewing. Mehari Abraha H, Iriarte-Diaz J, Taylor AB , Ross CF, Panagiotopoulou O. UQ School of Biomedical Sciences 8th International Postgraduate Symposium, Brisbane (Oral Presentation)
  3. The impact of the periodontal ligament on the mechanics of the primate jaw during post-canine chewing. Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Ross CF, Taylor AB, Wilshin S, Dechow PC, Panagiotopoulou O. 31st Annual Conference of Australasian Society for Human Biology, Ballarat, Australia (Oral Presentation)
  4. The impact of the periodontal ligament on the mechanics of the primate jaw during post-canine chewing. Mehari Abraha H*, Iriarte-Diaz J, Ross CF, Taylor AB, Wilshin S, Dechow PC, Panagiotopoulou O. Australian Society for Medical Research QLD Postgraduate Student Conference, Brisbane (Poster Presentation)
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. Rhoetosaurus bronei and the evolution of sauropod hind foot pressures. Jannel A.*, Romilion A, Panagiotopoulou O, Nair JP, Salisbury SW. Conference of Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS), Queenstown, New Zealand. (Oral Presentation). Best Student Presentation Award

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

  1. 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

  1. From teeth to feet: Biomechanical and morphological determinants of the vertebrate masticatory and locomotor systems. School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, 2017
  2. Impact of feeding behavior on the deformations of the macaque mandible. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, 2016
  3. Biomechanics of mammalian feet during locomotion: an integrative 3D analysis. Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2015
  4. How to build an accurate and reliable Finite Element Model. Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2015
  5. Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. Department of Zoology, University of New England, Australia, 2014
  6. Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, 2013
  7. Functional anatomy and locomotor mechanics. Department of Anatomy, Monash University, Australia, 2013
  8. 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
  9. Comparative biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Brown, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. 2011
  10. Determinants of symphyseal form in the mandible: Biomechanical and spatial requirement models during ontogeny. Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College, University of London, UK. 2010
  11. 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
  12. Form-function relationship of the anterior mandible. Yorkshire Archaeology Postgraduate Conference, University of Sheffield. 2008