Derek Pamukoff, PhD

Derek Pamukoff

Assistant Professor


  • PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • MS (Wake Forest)
  • BSc (McMaster)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Integrative Biosciences

Research Interests

  • Biomechanical and neuromuscular function after joint injury and in obesity
  • Post-traumatic osteoarthritis development
  • Running-related performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation

Additional Information

Research Opportunities

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

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

  • 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 and Posture. In Press (Accepted 10/11/20).
  • Moffit TJ, Lockie RG, Montgomery MM, Pamukoff DN. Association between Knee- and Hip- Extensor Strength and Running-Related Injury Biomechanics in Collegiate Distance Runners. Journal of Athletic Training. In press (Accepted 4/10/20).
  • Pamukoff DN, Garcia SA, Holmes SC, Post BK, Shumski E, Vakula MN. Body mass index moderates the association between gait kinetics, body composition, and femoral cartilage characteristics. Journal of Orthopedic Research. 2020. Dec; 38(12): 2685-2695.
  • Gonzales JM, Montgomery MM, Galpin AJ, Pamukoff DN. Comparison of lower limb muscle architecture and geometry in distance runners with rearfoot and forefoot strike pattern. Journal of Sport Sciences. 2019. Oct; 37(19): 2184-2190.
  • Pamukoff DN, Montgomery MM, Choe KH, Moffit TJ, Garcia SA, Vakula MN. Bilateral alterations in running mechanics and quadriceps function after unilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2018; Dec; 48(12): 960-967.
  • Pamukoff DN, Montgomery MM, Moffit TJ, Garcia SA, Holmes SC, Vakula MN. Association between gait mechanics and femoral cartilage thickness in individuals with ACL reconstruction. Gait & Posture. 2018; Sept; 65: 221-227.
  • Pamukoff DN, Montgomery MM, Moffit TJ, Vakula MN. Quadriceps function and knee joint ultrasonography after ACL reconstruction. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2018; Feb; 50(20): 211-217.
  • Pamukoff DN, Pietrosimone B, Ryan ED, Lee DR*, Blackburn JT. Quadriceps function and hamstring co-activation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Journal of Athletic Training. 2017; 52(5): 422-428.

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

Teaching Areas

  • Principles of biomechanics
  • Biomechanical analysis of human movement


  • 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