Education and Background

I completed my BS in Industrial Engineering at Montana State University in 2009 and helped in the design and implementation of a new process line at the Idaho National Laboratory for four years prior to starting my PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Utah. My PhD research applied a number of computational and imaging methods to improve our understanding of the initiation and progression of hip diseases affecting young, active populations. I began my post-doctoral fellowship at ETH Zurich in Switzerland in 2018, where I quantified micro-structural fracture healing in patients using high-resolution imaging. I returned to Utah in 2020 to join the SCI Institute.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Statement

Bridge the fields of computational and clinical biomedical research to elucidate the relationship between shape and function with respect to biomechanics at both the joint and tissue level. Using a combination of experimental and computational approaches, including medical image analysis, statistical shape modeling, and machine learning, I aim to modernize the methods used to analyze human biomechanics.

Research Interests

  • Orthopaedics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computational Modeling
  • Longitudinal Imaging
  • Statistical Shape Modeling
  • Gait Analysis
  • Musculoskeletal Modeling

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • High Resolution Quantitative CT (HR-pQCT)



Teaching

  • University of Utah, BME 4250, Biomechanics I - Teaching Assistant (Fall 2014)
  • University of Utah, BME 4991, Biomedical Engineering Thesis Writing & Communication I - Instructor (Fall 2021)
  • University of Utah, BME 4992, Biomedical Engineering Thesis Writing & Communication II - Instructor (Spring 2022)
  • ETH Zurich, Orthopaedic Biomechanics - Lecturer (Spring 2019, 2020)



Community Engagment & Outreach

Diversity is the foundation of innovation and critical thinking. We must promote a culture of pride, support, and celebration of our differences, whether in age, race, gender, culture, educational background, or work experience. In parallel, we must recognize that many of these aspects lead to disparities throughout our society and work to promote fair treatment and distribution of resources. Towards helping kids find their inner love for science and engineering, I volunteer with Elementary Engineering Week, The University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair, and the Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. During my post-doctoral fellowship, I lead a women's peer mentoring group sponsored by Fix the Leaky Pipeline and currently serve on the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) and the subcommitte for mental health in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC).

Outside of my professional career, I am also involved in mentoring through Little Bellas and local mountain bike teams.



Publications

Google Scholar
NIH National Library of Medicine Bibliography
PhD Dissertation
  1. Lewis CL, Uemura K, Atkins PR, Lenz AL, Fiorentino NM, Aoki SK, Anderson AE. Patients with Cam-Type Femoroacetabular Impingement Demonstrate Increased Change in Bone-to-Bone Distance during Walking: A Dual Fluoroscopy Study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, In Press, 2022.
  2. Atkins PR, Agrawal P, Mozingo JD, Uemura K, Tokunaga K, Peters CL, Elhabian SY, Whitaker RT, Anderson AE. Prediction of Femoral Head Coverage from Articulated Statistical Shape Models of Patients with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, In Press, 2022.
  3. Atkins PR, Fiorentino NM, Anderson AE. In-vivo Quantification of Hip Arthrokinematics during Dynamic Weight-bearing Activities using Dual Fluoroscopy. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 173: e62792, 2021.
  4. Ohs N, Collins CJ, Tourolle né Betts DC, Atkins PR, Schroeder B, Blauth M, Christen P, Müller R. Automated Segmentation of Fractured Distal Radii by 3D Geodesic Active Contouring of in vivo HR-pQCT Images. Bone. 147:115930, 2021.
  5. Atkins PR, Stock K, Ohs N, Collins CJ, Horling L, Benedikt S, Degenhart G, Lippuner K, Blauth M, Christen P, Müller R. Formation Dominates Resorption with Increasing Mineralized Density and Time Post Fracture in Cortical but not Trabecular Bone: A Longitudinal HR-pQCT Imaging Study in the Distal Radius. JBMR Plus. 5(6): e10493, 2021.
  6. Atkins PR, Hananouchi T, Anderson AE, Aoki SK. Inclusion of the Acetabular Labrum Reduces Simulated Range of Hip Joint Motion. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2(6):e779-e787, 2020.
  7. Krähenbühl N, Lenz A, Lisonbee R, Peterson A, Atkins PR, Hintermann B, Saltzman C, Anderson AE, Barg A. Morphologic Analysis of the Subtalar Joint Using Statistical Shape Modeling. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 38(7):1477-1485, 2020.
  8. Ohs N, Collins CJ, Atkins PR. Validation of HR-pQCT against Micro-CT for Morphometric and Biomechanical Analyses: A Review. Bone Reports. 13:100711, 2020.
  9. Fiorentino NM, Atkins PR, Kutschke MJ, Foreman KB, Anderson AE. Soft Tissue Artifact Causes Underestimation of Hip Joint Kinematics and Kinetics in a Rigid-Body Musculoskeletal Model. Journal of Biomechanics. 108:109890, 2020.
  10. Van Houcke J, Audenaert EA, Atkins PR, Anderson AE. A Combined Geometric Morphometric and Discrete Element Modeling Approach for Hip Cartilage Contact Mechanics. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. 8:318, 2020.
  11. Uemura K, Atkins PR, Okamoto M, Kunihiko T, Anderson AE. Can Measurements from an Anteroposterior Radiograph Predict Pelvic Sagittal Inclination? Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 38(7):1477-1485, April 2020.
  12. Uemura K, Atkins PR, Peters CL, Anderson AE. The Effect of Pelvic Tilt on Three-dimensional Coverage of the Femoral Head: A Computational Simulation Study using Patient-specific Anatomy. Anatomical Record. 304(2):258-265, November 2019.
  13. Murphy MM, Atkins PR, Kobayashi EF, Anderson AE, Maak TG, Nechyporenko AV, Aoki SK. Assessment of Acetabular Morphology Using the Anterior Center Edge-Angle on Modified False-Profile Radiographs. Arthroscopy. 35(11):3060-3066, 2019. Featured in: Hartigan DE. Editorial Commentary: Modified False-Profile View-Two Birds With One Stone? Arthroscopy. 35(11):3067-3068, 2019.
  14. Atkins PR, Fiorentino NM, Hartle JA, Aoki SK, Peters CL, Foreman KB, Anderson AE. In-vivo Pelvic and Hip Joint Kinematics in Patients with Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome: A Dual Fluoroscopy Study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 38(4):823-833, 2019.
  15. Uemura K, Atkins PR, Anderson AE. The Effect of Using Different Coordinate Systems on In-vivo Hip Angles Can Be Estimated from Computed Tomography Images. Journal of Biomechanics. 95:109318, 2019.
  16. Uemura K, Atkins PR, Anderson AE, Aoki AE. Do Your Routine Radiographs to Diagnose Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement Visualize the Region of the Femoral Head-neck Junction You Intended? Arthroscopy. 35(6):1796-1806, 2019.
  17. Killian M, Locke RC, James MG, Atkins PR, Anderson AE, Clohisy JC. Novel Model for the Induction of Postnatal Murine Hip Deformity. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 37(1):151-160, 2019. Recipient of the JOR Early Career Award.
  18. Atkins PR, Shin Y, Agrawal P, Elhabian S, Whitaker RT, Weiss JA, Aoki SK, Peters CL, Anderson AE. Which Two-dimensional Radiographic Measurements of Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement Best Describe the Three-dimensional Shape of the Proximal Femur? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 477(1):242-253, 2019.
    Featured in: Rylander JH. CORR Insights®: Which Two-dimensional Radiographic Measurements of Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement Best Describe the Three-dimensional Shape of the Proximal Femur? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 477(1):254-256, 2019.
  19. Uemura K, Atkins PR, Maas SA, Peters CL, Anderson AE. Three-dimensional Femoral Head Coverage in the Standing Position Represents That Measured In-vivo During Gait. Clinical Anatomy. 31(8):1177-1183, 2018.
  20. Uemura K, Atkins PR, Fiorentino NM, Anderson AE. Hip Rotation During Standing and Dynamic Activities and the Compensatory Effect of Femoral Anteversion: An In-vivo Analysis of Asymptomatic Young Adults using Three-dimensional Computed Tomography Models and Dual Fluoroscopy. Gait and Posture. 61:276-81, 2018.
  21. Atkins PR, Kobayashi EF, Anderson AE, Aoki SK. Modified False-Profile Radiograph of the Hip Provides Better Visualization of the Anterosuperior Femoral Head-neck Junction. Arthroscopy. 34(4):1236-43, 2018.
  22. Atkins PR, Fiorentino NM, Fauver SJ, Aoki SK, Peters CL, Maak TG, Anderson AE. In-vivo Measurements of Ischiofemoral Space in Recreationally Active Subjects during Dynamic Activities: A High-speed Dual-fluoroscopy Study. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 45(12):2901-10, 2017.
  23. Fiorentino NM, Atkins PR, Kutschke MJ, Goebel JM, Foreman KB, Anderson AE. Soft Tissue Artifact Causes Significant Errors in the Calculation of Joint Angles and Range of Motion at the Hip. Gait and Posture. 55:184-90, 2017.
  24. Atkins PR, Aoki SK, Elhabian SY, Agrawal P, Whitaker RT, Weiss JA, Peters CL, Anderson AE. Does Removal of Subchondral Cortical Bone Provide Sufficient Resection Depth for Treatment of Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 475(8):1977-86, 2017.
  25. Atkins PR, Elhabian S, Agrawal P, Harris MD, Whitaker RT, Weiss JA, Peters CL, Anderson AE. Quantitative Comparison of Cortical Bone Thickness using Correspondence-based Shape Modeling in Patients with Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 35(8):1743-53, 2017.
  26. Fiorentino NM, Atkins PR, Kutschke MJ, Foreman KB, Anderson AE. In-vivo Quantification of Dynamic Hip Joint Center Errors and Soft Tissue Artifact. Gait and Posture. 50:246-51, 2016.
  27. Fiorentino NM, Kutschke M, Atkins PR, Foreman KB, Kapron AL, Anderson AE. Accuracy of Functional and Predictive Methods to Calculate the Hip Joint Center in Young Non-pathologic Asymptomatic Adults with Dual Fluoroscopy as a Reference Standard. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44(7):2168-80, 2016.