Olga Panagiotopoulou | MENAFN.COM


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My research focuses on the mechanical, developmental and physiological determinants of the locomotor and masticatory systems in vertebrates from a fundamental clinical and scientific point of view.

I obtained my BA from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens in 2003, my MA in Human Osteology and Paleopathology from the University of Bradford, UK in 2006, and then I got my PhD at the University of York, United Kingdom in 2010, funded by Marie Curie and the Bakalas Institution. After my PhD, I joined the Structure and Motion Laboratory at the Royal Veterinary College as a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), where I worked on the comparative locomotor mechanics of large mammals. During the last two years of my postdoctoral appointment, I received an EU Marie Curie Reintegration Fellowship on Chewing Mechanics, during which I completed my training by working closely with the professors Callum Ross (University of Chicago). In March 2013 I moved to Australia to begin my first academic appointment as Lecturer in Anatomy at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland School of Medicine and in 2016 I graduated my mandate.

In February 2018, I moved to Monash University, where I currently hold a post of Senior Professor in Anatomy and lead the Morphology in Motion and Functional Mechanics laboratory.

Our laboratory focuses on two major programs a) jaw fracture repair and b) comparative functional mechanics of diet. Using a combination of in vivo experimental techniques, material testing, musculoskeletal simulations and mathematical models, we study the function of the musculoskeletal system under healthy conditions and the effect of trauma and degenerative joint disease on tissue function.


  • 2018 present Senior Lecturer, Monash University
  • 20132018 Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland
  • 20092012 Postdoctoral fellow appointed BBSRC, Royal Veterinary College
  • 20102012 Marie-Curie Research Fellow, Royal Veterinary College
  • 20062009 Marie-Curie Research Assistant, Royal Veterinary College


  • 2010 Doctorate, University of York
  • 2006 MSc, University of Bradford
  • 2003 BA (Hons), National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece


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