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Allison Clouthier

Postdoctoral Fellow
Supervised by Ryan 2018-2020

Allison completed a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering, Applied Mechanics option at Queen’s University. After taking undergraduate biomechanics courses, she decided to pursue a Master’s of Applied Science at Queen’s University in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department. She completed her thesis “Factors affecting the stability of reverse shoulder arthroplasty” under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Deluzio and Dr. Tim Bryant. Allison then went on to work as a research assistant at the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics at the University of Bern in Switzerland. There she worked with Dr. Philippe Zysset on experimental and finite element analysis of bone biomechanics. Allison returned to Queen’s University to complete her doctoral degree with Dr. Kevin Deluzio and Dr. Michael Rainbow. In her dissertation, she explored how sources of patient variability can affect musculoskeletal disorders and their treatment. She used statistical shape modelling to characterize variability in knee joint geometry. In collaboration with Dr. Darryl Thelen at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she combined the statistical shape model with a musculoskeletal model to assess the effect of knee geometry on function. Allison then used this framework to explore how knee joint geometry can affect the outcomes of orthopaedic surgery.

In December 2018, Allison began a post doctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Graham.


  • Statistical shape modelling

  • Patient specific models

  • Musculoskeletal simulation

Funding Sources

  • NSERC PDF (2018-2020)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016-2017)

  • Orthopaedic Research Society and Force and Motion Foundation Young Scientist Scholarship (2016)

  • NSERC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2017)

  • NSERC CGS D (2013-2016)

  • NSERC CGS M (2009-2010)

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