Professor Amy Zavatsky studied Bioengineering as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. Having received a Thouron Award for postgraduate study in the UK, she enrolled at the University of Oxford and completed a doctorate in the area of orthopaedic biomechanics. She is currently a Reader and Associate Professor in Engineering Science and a Tutorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall. She teaches topics in mechanical, civil, and biomedical engineering and is a recipient of a University Teaching Award. A former Junior Proctor of the University of Oxford, she has also recently served as Associate Head of Department (Graduates) & Director of Graduate Studies (Engineering Science).
Amy is currently an external examiner at Imperial College London for the B.Eng. and M.Eng. programmes in Bioengineering and for the intercalated B.Sc. in Medical Sciences with Biomedical Engineering.
Prof Zavatsky’s research in orthopaedic biomechanics is based at the Botnar Research Centre, which houses the University of Oxford’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences. She collaborates with colleagues at the Oxford Gait Laboratory and at the University’s Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences on projects related to lower limb biomechanics. She has published articles on theoretical models of the knee and its associated ligaments and bones; comprehensive in vitro experimental data sets for knee model validation and knee replacement design; hip, knee, ankle, and foot kinematics; tendon mechanics; and recommendations for rehabilitation exercises. Her current work focuses mainly on the biomechanics of the foot and ankle, both in isolation and in relation to the rest of the lower limb. It has clinical applications in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy and of patients with flatfoot and other foot pathologies.
Multi-segment foot modelling: This project aims to develop a more advanced multi-segment foot model that incorporates the motion of the forefoot in a clinically useful and practical way.
Data visualization for the practice and teaching of clinical gait analysis: The aim of this project is to use recent advances in the theory and practice of data visualization to reduce the cognitive load and facilitate the treatment decisions of those involved in clinical gait analysis and to improve the experience of students learning about clinical gait analysis.
Row3D – Motion analysis for improved performance: The aim of this project, being carried out in collaboration with Run3D, is to apply the concepts and practices used to assess running gait analysis to ergometer rowing.
If you have an interest in the biomechanics of the lower limb and a strong background in mechanical or biomedical engineering or a related technical area and would like to apply for to Oxford for postgraduate study at the master’s or doctoral level, then please contact me to discuss possible projects and funding sources.