Derek Pamukoff, PhD Derek Pamukoff, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: KHS 222
Telephone: (657) 278-3433


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Dr. Derek Pamukoff is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology) 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 cross-country and track and field student-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 grants from the   American College of Sports Medicine   (ACSM) and the   California Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. He has also been recognized for his research with awards from the   ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group , and is an active member of the ACSM,   American Society of Biomechanics , and the   Osteoarthritis Research Society International . Dr. Pamukoff also serves on the board of directors for the   Prader-Willi California Foundation.

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Dr. Pamukoff examines biomechanical and neuromuscular impairment in individuals with ACL reconstruction and obesity, which may contribute to an early onset of knee osteoarthritis. He has also examined the utility of vibratory stimuli as an adjunctive therapeutic technique to augment neuromuscular function. Lastly, Dr. Pamukoff examines biomechanical contributors to running-related injuries. Common analytical techniques in Dr. Pamukoff’s research include 3-dimensional motion capture, force plate analyses, electromyography, strength and dynamometry assessments, ultrasound imaging, and peripheral nerve and muscle stimulation techniques.

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