Athena received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing) from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2016. She was awarded NUS research scholarship. During her PhD, she extensively researched into biomechanics of the human body specifically human spine. Her PhD thesis was titled Computational Biomechanical Modeling of Scoliosis for Surgical Correction Prediction. In this project, Athena developed a novel dynamic model for the scoliosis and developed an in-house software for surgery planning and correction prediction. She published her novel kinematic model of scoliotic spine as well as the new methods and interesting findings about the scoliotic spine behavior. One of her papers on application of data mining methods in medicine won best paper award in ”Industrial Conference on Data Mining” New York 2016. After her PhD, Athena held a Research Fellow position in Keppel-NUS Corporate Lab at the same university for two years. She designed and developed a vision based system for automatic inspection of ship hulls. Athena then joined Deakin University in Australia as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently holding an Assistant Professor position in DPM at UT.
Athena's research interests are biomechanics of scoliotic spine, biomechanical modeling of scoliotic spine, and instruments design for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treatment.
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