Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Katja Oberhofer

Dr Katja Oberhofer

Alumna profile


Katja Oberhofer studied Human Movement Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and completed her MSc degree in Biomechanics at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA, where she investigated the influence of shear stress on bone re-modelling.

She joined the ABI in 2006, starting her PhD in 'Anatomically-Based, Subject-Specific Modelling of Lower Limb Motion During Gait'. The goal of her doctoral research, which was co-supervised by orthopaedic surgeon Susan Stott at Starship Children's Hospital, was to develop a computational tool to simulate and analyse walking for improved assessment of children with Cerebral Palsy.

Katja completed her PhD in May 2009. The outcome of her work has been published in several journal articles and presented at conferences within New Zealand and overseas. She continued with the ABI as a research fellow until 2012, when she returned to Switzerland and took up role with ETH Zurich as a research developer.

Research interests

Katja's research at the ABI was focused on anatomically-based, subject-specific modelling of the lower limbs for biomechanical and clinical gait research. Details about Katja's gait research project can be found in the Musculo-skeletal System Group section.

Selected publications

Refereed journal articles

Conference proceedings

Oral presentations

  • ESB Workshop on Movement Biomechanics and Sport. Anatomically-based modeling of soft tissue muscle deformations in the lower limbs during walking. Zurich, Switzerland, 7-9 June, 2009
  • 4th Asian Pacific Conference on Biomechanics. Comparison between two modeling techniques in predicting muscle-tendon lengths changes during walking. Christchurch, New Zealand, 14-17 April, 2009
  • Workshop on 3D Physiological Human. Anatomically-based musculoskeletal modeling: prediction and validation of muscle deformation during walking. Zermatt, Switzerland, 1-4 Dec, 2008
  • 10th Symposium on 3D Analysis of Human Movement. Anatomically-based finite element modeling of muscle structures during walking. Santpoort-Amsterdam, Holland, 29-31 Oct, 2008
  • 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society. Musculoskeletal modeling of the lower limbs to investigate gait of children with cerebral palsy. Auckland, New Zealand, 17-18 Oct, 2007
  • 6th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Movement Analysis for Adults and Children. Subject-specific musculoskeletal models for computation of muscle lengths during walking in children with cerebral palsy. Athens, Greece, 27-29 Sep, 2007
  • 16th International Conference on Applied Simulation and Modelling. A novel approach to compute muscle length during walking using subject-specific musculoskeletal models. Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 29-31 Aug, 2007