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Dr. Saija Kontulainen PhD Professor

Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies

PAC 300

Research Area(s)

  • Bone health
  • Growth and development
  • Musculoskeletal health
  • Biomechanics

Academic Background

B.Sc. (Exercise Physiology), University of Jyväskylä
M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics), University of Jyväskylä
Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics), University of Jyväskylä
PDF (Postdoctoral Fellowship), University of British Columbia

Research Areas

My research areas fall under the following College of Kinesiology research themes: Child and Youth Health and Development, Healthy Aging and Management of Chronic Conditions and Human Performance.

The overall goal of my collaborative, research is to develop evidence-based strategies to optimize musculoskeletal health across the lifespan and prevent bone fragility (osteoporosis) and fractures, and train future generation of musculoskeletal researchers.

Research Projects

Research lab


Current Staff and Trainees

  • Dr. Mahdi Rostami, Research Assistant (College of Kinesiology, KIN)
  • Dr. Malakeh MalekzadehPostdoctoral Fellow1,2 (KIN)
  • Zahra Ghafouri, PhD student (KIN)
  • Mohsen Karamati, PhD student (KIN)
  • Yuwen Zheng, PhD candidate (KIN)
  • Bill Duncan, MSc student (KIN)
  • Pablo Franco, MSc student2 (ENG)
  • Egeony Tiffany Imanma, MSc student2 (ENG)
  • Alex Sacher, MSc student2 (ENG)
  • Manpreet Kaur, MSc student3,4 (Health Sciences) 

Co-supervised with Drs. McWalter1, Johnston2Baerwald3 and Singh4

If you are interested in research training opportunities, please contact Dr. Kontulainen with the following information

  • A one-page letter outlining your research interests, experiences and goals
  • CV and unofficial transcripts
  • Names of two academic referees

Courses Taught

  • ACB 221.3 - Gross Anatomy
  • KIN 281.3 - Fitness for Life 
  • KIN 428.3 - Drugs, nutrition and physical activity
  • KIN 445.3 - Acquisition, analysis and interpretation of musculoskeletal imaging
  • KIN 807.3 - Research Methods
  • KIN 891.3 - Analysis and interpretation of advanced bone imaging