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Kristina Gruevski

Postdoctoral Fellow
Supervised by Ryan 2019-2020

Kristina completed her MSc and PhD from the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Jack Callaghan.  Her doctoral work focused on the role of the intervertebral disc as a contributor to increased passive stiffness in the spine with aging using in-vitro (porcine model) and in-vivo approaches, and age-related differences in the performance of material handling and prolonged sitting tasks.  Kristina’s research interests include how age modifies injury risk, mechanisms of injury and the performance of occupational tasks.  Kristina is currently co-supervised by Dr. Ryan Graham and Dr. Thomas Karakolis (Defence Research and Development Canada).  Her postdoctoral work focuses on preventing injury and optimizing performance among Canadian Armed Forces members.  Specifically, she is using wearable sensors and statistical approaches to explore the effect of load and load distribution on the performance of assault and operational tasks completed by military members.


  • Spine Biomechanics

  • Ergonomics

  • Aging

Funding Sources

  • Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

  • CRE-MSD Seed Grant (2016-2017)

  • NSERC PGS D (2015-2017)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2011-2012)