Antonia Zaferiou

Assistant Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Biomedical Engineering

Building: McLean Hall

Room: 418

Phone: (201) 216-3662

Email: azaferio@stevens.edu

Website

Education
  • PhD (2015) University of Southern California (Biomedical Engineering)
  • MS (2011) University of Southern California (Biomedical Engineering)
  • BE (2010) The Cooper Union (Mechanical Engineering )
Research

Antonia Zaferiou’s research focuses on understanding and improving movement mechanics used during everyday mobility and athletic maneuvers. Specifically, Dr. Zaferiou is interested in (1) identifying strategies people use to achieve the mechanical objectives of turning maneuvers and (2) developing real-time sonified biofeedback (sound/music conveying biomechanics metrics) as movement training technology.

Dr. Zaferiou has studied a wide-spectrum of movements performed by individuals spanning across clinical populations (e.g., older adult fallers, pre-and-post-operative shoulder patients, etc.) to elite athletes (e.g., professional dancers, professional pitchers, etc.).

General Information

Dr. Zaferiou earned her B.E. in Mechanical Engineering at The Cooper Union and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. After her doctoral studies, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Stevens Institute of Technology, she was an Assistant Professor and director of a biomechanics lab in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Zaferiou is also a dedicated educator and mentor in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education activities.

Experience

Stevens Institute of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering
2019-Present: Assistant Professor

Rush University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery 2016-2018:
2018-Present: Visiting Assistant Professor
2016-2018: Director of Sports Medicine Motion Analysis
2017-2018: Assistant Professor
2016-2017: Instructor

University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical Engineering
2015-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow

Other:
2020: Course Leader, "Project Design: Biomechanics", Art Harper Saturday Program, Stevens Institute of Technology
2016: Course Leader, "Body Physics" Cooper Union Summer STEM Program

Institutional Service
  • BME Department Chair Search Committee Member
  • Provost Search Committee Member
  • Junior Faculty Board of Representatives Member
  • "CAREER Club" mentor and Internal Grant Reviewer Member
  • BME Lecturer Search Commtittee Member
Professional Service
  • Editorial Board Member, Medical Problems of Performing Artists Editorial Board Member
  • Movement and Computing Chair of session
  • American Society of Biomechanics Reviewer of conference proceedings
  • American Society of Biomechanics Conference proceeding reviewer
  • General Conference Chair, Seventh International Conference on Movement and Computing General Conference Chair
  • Scientific Chair, Seventh International Conference on Movement and Computing Scientific Chair
  • National Science Foundation NSF Review Panelist (ENG directorate)
Professional Societies
  • MOCO Steering Committee – International Conference on Movement and Computing, Steering Committee Member
  • IEEE EMBS – IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Member
  • AHA – American Heart Association Member
Grants, Contracts, and Funds

NSF CAREER Award titled “Adaptive Biofeedback to Improve Balance during Everyday Mobility” 9/20-8/25 (Role: PI)

IRE-K12 "Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development" (scholar of NIH Award #K12HD073945) 1/21-12/21 (Role: site PI)

Major League Baseball Research Grants
Title: Developing wearable technology to warn pitchers of change in mechanics due to fatigue (Role: PI)
Title: Lower and Upper Extremity Control Used During Batting at Different Pitch Speeds (Role: PI)

Selected Publications
Book Chapter
  1. Zaferiou, A.; Gustafson, J. A.; Pourzal, R. (2020). Chapter 8: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 13. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
    https://shop.lww.com/Orthopaedic-Knowledge-Update--13--Print---Ebook-with-Multimedia/p/9781975129521.
  2. Zaferiou, A. (2020). Subject-Specific Muscle Activation Patterns in Athletic and Orthopedic Populations: Considerations for using Surface Electromyography in Assistive and Biofeedback Device Applications. Advances in Motor Neuroprosthesis. Springer.
    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-38740-2_2.
Conference Proceeding
  1. Zaferiou, A. (2020). Seventh International Conference on Movement and Computing .
  2. Ribeiro, L. B.; Zaferiou, A.; Da Silva Filho, M. (2020). Evaluation of Movement and Motor Skills for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.
  3. Tillman, M.; Dahl, L.; Knowlton, C. B.; Zaferiou, A. (2020). Real-Time Optical Motion Capture Balance Sonification System. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.
  4. Dahl, L.; Knowlton, C.; Zaferiou, A. (2019). Developing real-time sonification with optical motion capture to convey balance-related metrics to dancers. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.
  5. Zaferiou, A. (2019). Scapular and Humeral Elevation Patterns used before vs. after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Computational Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering.
  6. Joseph, C.; Zaferiou, A.; Ojeda, L.; Perkins, N.; Stirling, L. (2018). An optimal control model for assessing human agility trajectories. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings (vol. 2018-March, pp. 1-10).
  7. Liu, J.; Knowlton, C.; Gauthier, M.; Tropp, Z.; Verma, N.; Nicholson, G.; Romeo, A.; Zaferiou, A.. The roles and mechanisms of linear and angular impulse generation for both legs in baseball pitching: a whole-body perspective. In Proceedings of the International Society of Biomechanics of Sport. Virtual. *Finalist for New Investigator Award competition.
Journal Article
  1. Zaferiou, A.; Knowlton, C. B.; Jang, S. H.; Saltzman, B. M.; Verma, N. N.; Forsythe, B.; Nicholson, G. P.; Romeo, A. A. (2021). Scapular and humeral elevation coordination patterns used before vs. after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Journal of Biomechanics (vol. 125).
  2. Davidson, S. P.; Cain, S. M.; Ojeda, L.; Zaferiou, A.; Vitali, R. V.; Stirling, L. A.; Perkins, N. C. (2021). Quantifying warfighter performance during a bounding rush (prone-sprinting-prone) maneuver. Applied Ergonomics (vol. 94).
  3. Engen, P.; Zaferiou, A.; Rasmussen, H.; Naqib, A.; Green, S.; Fogg, L.; Forsyth, C.; Hamaker, B.; Keshavarzian, A. (2020). A Single-Arm, Non-Randomized, Time Series, Single-Subject Study of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Multiple Sclerosis. Frontiers in Neurology, section Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology .
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fneur.2020.00978/full.
  4. Vitali, R. V.; Cain, S. M.; Ojeda, L. V.; Potter, M. V.; Zaferiou, A.; Davidson, S. P.; Coyne, M. E.; Hancock, C. L.; Mendoza, A.; Stirling, L. A.; Perkins, N. C. (2019). Body-worn IMU array reveals effects of load on performance in an outdoor obstacle course. PLoS ONE (3 ed., vol. 14).
  5. Ojeda, L. V.; Zaferiou, A.; Cain, S. M.; Vitali, R. V.; Davidson, S. P.; Stirling, L. A.; Perkins, N. C. (2017). Estimating stair running performance using inertial sensors. Sensors (Switzerland) (11 ed., vol. 17).
  6. Erickson, B. J.; Zaferiou, A.; Chalmers, P. N.; Ruby, D.; Malloy, P.; Luchetti, T. J.; Verma, N. N.; Romeo, A. A. (2017). Are the hamstrings from the drive leg or landing leg more active in baseball pitchers? An electromyographic study. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (11 ed., vol. 26, pp. 2010-2016).
  7. Zaferiou, A.; Ojeda, L.; Cain, S. M.; Vitali, R. V.; Davidson, S. P.; Stirling, L.; Perkins, N. C. (2017). Quantifying performance on an outdoor agility drill using foot-mounted inertial measurement units. PLoS ONE (11 ed., vol. 12).
  8. Vitali, R. V.; Cain, S. M.; McGinnis, R. S.; Zaferiou, A.; Ojeda, L. V.; Davidson, S. P.; Perkins, N. C. (2017). Method for estimating three-dimensional knee rotations using two inertial measurement units: Validation with a coordinate measurement machine. Sensors (Switzerland) (9 ed., vol. 17).
  9. Zaferiou, A.; Flashner, H.; Wilcox, R. R.; McNitt-Gray, J. L. (2017). Lower extremity control during turns initiated with and without hip external rotation. Journal of Biomechanics (vol. 52, pp. 130-139).
  10. Zaferiou, A.; Wilcox, R. R.; McNitt-Gray, J. L. (2016). Modification of impulse generation during pirouette turns with increased rotational demands. Journal of Applied Biomechanics (5 ed., vol. 32, pp. 425-432).
  11. Zaferiou, A.; Wilcox, R. R.; McNitt-Gray, J. L. (2016). Modification of impulse generation during piqué turns with increased rotational demands. Human Movement Science (vol. 47, pp. 220-230).
  12. Zaferiou, A.; Wilcox, R.; McNitt-Gray, J. L. (2016). Whole-body balance regulation during the turn phase of piqué and pirouette turns with varied rotational demands. Medical Problems of Performing Artists (2 ed., vol. 31, pp. 110-116).
Courses

Coming Spring '22: BME 561 Biofeedback Innovations for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

BME 482L Engineering Physiology Lab

BME 701 Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering

BME 800 Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering (MS/ME)

BME 960 Research in Biomedical Engineering

BME 801 Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)