Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou heads the moving morphology and functional mechanics lab.

Researcher biography

I am an evolutionary morphologist, functional anatomist and biomechanist interested in assessing the mechanical and physiological determinants of the locomotor and the masticatory systems in mammalian vertebrates from clinical and evolutionary perspectives.

I received my BA at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2003, my MSc on Human Osteology and Palaeopathology from the University of Bradford, UK in 2006 and then I obtained my PhD at the University of York, UK in 2010. Straight after my PhD I joined John Hutchinson's team at the Structure and Motion Laboratory at the Royal Veterinary College as a 3 year BBSRC postdoc on comparative locomotor mechanics and pathology. The last two years of my postdoc appointment, I received a Marie Curie Reintegration Fellowship on chewing mechanics during which I rounded my training working closely with Callum Ross (University of Chicago) and Paul Dechow (Baylor School of Dentistry). Currently I am a lecturer in Anatomy and Head of the Moving Morphology & Functional Mechanics Laboratory at the School of Biomedical Sciences.

My team consists of passionate young researchers who share a love for science and challenging projects. We work with humans, non-human primates and impressive gigantic animals (elephants, rhinos, giraffes and more) from safari parks across the globe. My research projects involve extensive field work and the application of ground-breaking experimental techniques, mathematical models and computer simulations to better understand how the musculoskeletal system works.

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