Ron Zernicke is Professor in the UM Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Kinesiology, and Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Co-Director (with Dr. Ellen Arruda) of the University of Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative.
Prior to coming to UM, he was the John and Christine Wood Professor in Joint Injury Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, and Professor in the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary.
His baccalaureate was from Concordia University Chicago, and his MSc and PhD were from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received an honorary DSc from the University of Waterloo and was Professor and Chair of the UCLA Department of Kinesiology when he was recruited to Calgary.
He was elected President of the Canadian, American, and International Societies of Biomechanics, and he is an elected Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics, Canadian Society of Biomechanics, American Society of Biomechanics, American College of Sports Medicine, and National Academy of Kinesiology.
He has received research awards from: NASA (Cosmos Achievement Award), Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine (Yasuda Award for Outstanding Research Paper), American and International Societies of Biomechanics (Delsys Award), Canadian Society for Biomechanics (Career Award), Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (Founder’s Medal for Best Research), and Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Partnership Award).
His research (>$40M as PI or Co-Inv) focuses on: (1) adaptation of bone to exercise, disuse, and diet, (2) human movement dynamics and performance, and (3) joint injury and osteoarthritis, and he has produced more than 570 peer-reviewed research publications and abstracts, 1 patent, and 2 books.