Dave Gutekunst, Ph.D., joined NIBIB in June 2022 as a Program Director in the Division of Interdisciplinary Training following a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) at the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR). Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Gutekunst was an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Saint Louis University. His research explores lower extremity musculoskeletal injury mechanisms, with a focus on connections between biomechanical loading and estimates of tissue strength derived from biomedical imaging.
Dr. Gutekunst received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, his master’s degree in health and exercise science from Wake Forest University, and his doctoral degree in movement science/biomechanics from Washington University. He also completed postdoctoral research training in the Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic, where he was a non-tenure track assistant professor of biomedical engineering.