Derek Pamukoff, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 4178, TH
519 661-2111 x84681
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  • PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • MS (Wake Forest University)
  • BSc (McMaster University)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Integrative Biosciences MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Pamukoff's research program examines biomechanical and neuromuscular function following joint injury and in obesity. He specifically examines modifiable characteristics that contribute to accelerated knee osteoarthritis incidence and progression, and develop novel intervention strategies that improve mobility and physical function. He has secondary interests in running-related performance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Interested undergraduate, MSc and PhD students are encouraged to contact professor Pamukoff to discuss training opportunities.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Pamukoff DN, Holmes SC, Garcia SA, Shumski EJ, Vakula MN, Moffit TJ. Influence of body mass index and ACL reconstruction on gait biomechanics. Journal of Orthopedic Research. 2022. In press.
  • Pamukoff DN, Holmes SC, Garcia SA, Shumski EJ, Rubin DA. Lower Extremity Coordination and Joint Kinetic Distribution During Gait in Adults with and without Prader-Willi Syndrome. Journal of Biomechanics. 2022. Aug; 141: 111213.
  • Pamukoff DN, Holmes SC, Heredia CE, Gonzales CE, Shumski EJ, Montgomery MM. Association between Functional Movement Screen and Landing Biomechanics in individuals with and without ACL Reconstruction. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2022. April; 31(7): 842-848.
  • Vakula MN, Holmes SC, Garcia SG, Pamukoff DN. Association between quadriceps function, joint kinetics and spatiotemporal gait parameters in adults with and without obesity. Gait and Posture. 2022. Feb; 92: 421-427.
  • Mitchell PK, Moffit TJ, Montgomery MM, Pamukoff DN. Running kinetics and femoral trochlea cartilage characteristics in recreational and collegiate distance runners. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2021. Sept; 8: 1-7.
  • Shumski EJ, Kasamatsu TK, Wilson KS, Pamukoff DN. Drop landing biomechanics in individuals with and without a history of concussion. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 2021. Sept; 37(5): 450-457.
  • Garcia SA, Vakula MN, Holmes SC, Pamukoff DN. The influence of body mass index and sex on frontal and sagittal plane knee mechanics during walking in young adults. Gait & Posture. 2021. Jan; 83: 217-222.

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Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Pamukoff, D.N. (2022 – 2027). The influence of mechanical loading on articular cartilage adaptation. National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. $140,000.
  • Pamukoff, D.N. (2022 – 2024). Compositional cartilage assessments using ultrasound imaging. Western Bone and Joint Institute. $30,000.
  • Pamukoff, D.N. (2022 – 2024). Walking patterns and regional knee cartilage thickness mapping using ultrasound imaging. Western Strategic Support for NSERC. $25,000.
  • Pamukoff, D.N. (2022 – 2027). Movement and applied imaging laboratory for osteoarthritis research. Canadian Foundation for Innovation / Ontario Research Fund. $532,747.
  • Pamukoff, D.N. (2022 – 2023). Semi-automated measurement methods for cartilage segmentation. Faculty Research Development Fund. $6,000.

Featured Graduate Student Projects

Influence of high intensity interval running on knee cartilage deformation in competitive runners

  • Evans, Ryan (In progress). MSc, Kinesiology.

Influence of sex and anthropometrics on the validity of the Microsoft Kinect to measure drop landing biomechanics

  • Neufeld, Jillian (In progress). MSc, Kinesiology.

Mapping femoral cartilage thickness using ultrasound imaging

  • Battersby, Harry (In progress). MSc, Kinesiology.

Impact of biomechanics and physical activity behaviours on post-traumatic osteoarthritis after ACL reconstruction (Co-supervised with J. Thornton)

  • Magony, Richard (In progress). PhD, Kinesiology.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Wolf Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory (WOBL) – Associate Scientist since 2021
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – Member since 2009
  • American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) – Member since 2011
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics (CSB) – Member since 2015

Media Highlights


  • American College of Sports Medicine Biomechanics Interest Group: Young Scientist Research Award (2019)
  • California State University Fullerton Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities Excellence Award (2018)
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Graduate Education Advancement Board Award for Research Impact (2016)

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Clinical Investigations (CB2), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2022-2025)
  • Scientific Officer, Canadian Arthritis Society Innovations Grants (2022)
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine (Since 2009)
  • Member, American Society of Biomechanics (Since 2011)
  • Member, Canadian Society of Biomechanics (Since 2015)