Derek Pamukoff

Derek Pamukoff, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: KHS 222
Telephone: (657) 278-3433
Email: dpamukoff@fullerton.edu

Advising Area:

Exercise Science, Clinical Movement Science, Physical Performance Enhancement

Couse Taught:
KNES 361: Principles of Human Movement
KNES 461: Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement
KNES 561: Advanced Studies in Biomechanics

Dr. Derek Pamukoff is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with expertise in Biomechanics. He received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree from McMaster University in Kinesiology in 2009, and a Master of Science degree from Wake Forest University in Health and Exercise Science in 2011. During his undergraduate and master’s degrees, he was also a varsity cross-country and track and field athlete. He completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 in Interdisciplinary Human Movement Science (Specialization: Biomechanics). Dr. Pamukoff’s research has previously been funded by research grants from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He has also been recognized for his research with awards from the ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group, and is an active member of ACSM, ASB, and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International. He has published manuscripts in many peer-reviewed journals including Clinical Biomechanics, The Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, and Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.    

Interest Area:
Dr. Pamukoff’s research focuses on the prevention of knee osteoarthritis following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, and biomechanical contributors to overuse injuries such as stress fracture.

Current projects:
Dr. Pamukoff’s current research projects include:

  • Evaluating the effect of whole body vibration on running biomechanics in individuals with ACL reconstruction (Supported by the CSUF Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Incentive Grant) 
  • Examining the association between gait biomechanics and ultrasonographic measures of femoral cartilage in individuals with ACL reconstruction (Supported by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology New Investigator Grant)
  • Comparing reflexive and voluntary calf muscle activation between rearfoot and forefoot strike runners

**Interested undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Pamukoff directly via email: dpamukoff@fullerton.edu

Department of Kinesiology

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room KHS-121,
Phone: (657) 278-3316
Fax: (657) 278-5317

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