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Prof. Cheryl Quenneville

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Dr. Cheryl Quenneville is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and an Associate Member of the School of Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests include the development of enhanced injury tolerance criteria, translation of those to industry via Anthropomorphic Test Devices (ATDs), and the development of novel protective and orthopaedic techniques. She earned her MESc in Biomedical Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Western University, and has previously worked as a Survivability Specialist at General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada.

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Injury Criteria Development
Orthopaedic Device Design


Numerical Modeling of Fracture
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The goal of the McMaster Injury Biomechanics Lab is to define comprehensive injury limits for under-studied events, body regions, and people, and translate those to clinical and industry partners in a meaningful way that can facilitate the development of better protective measures.


We do this through a rigorous scientific testing and analysis approach, with an emphasis on supporting trainees to do their best possible research and gain skills for their future careers.



1. de Lange JE, Burrows L, Quenneville CE. (2024) Injury risk functions for the midsized male wrist and elbow as a result of behind shield blunt trauma. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.

2. Hamsayeh Abbasi Niasar E, Brenneman Wilson EC, Quenneville CE, Maly MR, Li LP. (2024) Region partitioning of articular cartilage with streaming-potential-based parameters and indentation maps. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 154:106534.

3. Brewer C, Shakib A, de Lange J, Quenneville CE. (2024) Estimation of injury limits at vulnerable impact locations along the forearm via THUMS AM50 finite element model from airbag loading rates. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 146:091002-1.

4. King A, Rovt J, Petel O, Yu B, Quenneville CE. (2024) Evaluation of a honeycomb bicycle helmet design to mitigate TBI risk in oblique impacts. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 146:031010-1.

5. Ammar A, Asadi N, Adachi JD, Gadsden SA, Quenneville CE. (2024) A CNN-based strategy to automate contour detection of the hip and proximal femur using DXA hip images from longitudinal databases (CLSA and CaMos). Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization 11(7):2965-2975.

6. de Lange JE, Burrows L, Wadera A, Quenneville CE. (2024) Injury risk for the hand and forearm under loading representative of behind shield blunt trauma loading. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 52:707-718.

7. Ammar A, Jazinizadeh F, Adachi JD, Quenneville CE. (2024) The effect of femur positioning on dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) measures and Statistical Shape and Appearance Modelling (SSAM) fracture risk assessments. Proceedings of the iMeche, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine 238(1):90-98.

8. Ammar A, Koshyk A, Kohut M, Alolabi B, Quenneville CE. (2023) The use of optical tracking to characterize fracture gap motions and estimate healing potential in comminuted biomechanical models of surgical repair. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 51:2258-2266

9. de Lange JE, Burrows LJ, Binette J-S, Quenneville CE. (2023) Behind shield blunt trauma: characterizing the back-face deformation of shields with a focus on upper limb loading. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 51:1331-1342

10. Brenneman Wilson EC, Quenneville CE, Maly MR. (2023) Integrating MR imaging with full-surface indentation mapping of femoral cartilage in an ex vivo porcine stifle. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 139:105651

11. Djuricic A, Gee A, Schemitsch E, Quenneville CE, Zdero R. (2022) Biomechanical design of a new percutaneous locked plate for comminuted proximal tibia fractures. Medical Engineering & Physics 104:103801

12. Schwarcz H, Thotakura A, Quenneville CE. (2022) Ashing of bone: errors due to loss of CO2 and their correction. Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism 40:594-601

13. Steinmann N, de Lange JE, Binette JS, Bourget D, Quenneville CE. (2022) Quantification of behind shield blunt impacts using a modified upper extremity Anthropomorphic Test Device. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 144(9):091010

14. DiCecco LA, D’Elia A, Quenneville CE, Soleymani L, Grandfield K. (2022) Ionic liquid treatment for efficient sample preparation of hydrated bone for scanning electron microscopy. Micron 153:103192

15. de Lange J and Quenneville CE. (2022) The axial impact response and plantar load distribution of the Hybrid III and MIL-Lx under altered ankle postures. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 144(1):011003

16. Mohammadi H, Pietruszczak S, Quenneville CE. (2021) Numerical analysis of hip fracture due to a sideways fall. Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials 115:104283

17. Thomas PJ, Newell EE, Eccles K, Holloway AC, Idowu I, Xia Z, Hassan E, Tomy G, Quenneville CE. (2021) Co-exposures to trace elements and polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) impacts North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) baculum. Chemosphere 265:128920

18. Jazinizadeh F and Quenneville CE. (2021) 3D reconstruction of the proximal femur from a DXA scan compared to 2D analysis for fracture risk prediction in a clinical population. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 49(4):1222-1232 

19. Gluek C, Zdero R, Quenneville CE. (2020) A Novel Synthetic Composite Femur Representing Osteoporotic Bone. Journal of Biomechanics 111(9):110018.

20. Jazinizadeh F, Adachi JD, Quenneville CE. (2020) Association of Two-Dimensional Geometry and Bone Mineral Density Distribution of Proximal Femur with the Hip Fractures in Older Adults. Osteoporosis International 31(10):1925-1933.

21. Jazinizadeh F and Quenneville CE. (2020) Enhancing Hip Fracture Risk Prediction by Statistical Modeling and Texture Analysis on DXA Images. Medical Engineering & Physics 78:14-20. Article of the month.

22. Cameron MW, Schemitsch EH, Zdero R, Quenneville CE. (2020) Biomechanical impact testing of synthetic versus human cadaveric tibias for predicting injury risk during pedestrian-vehicle collisions. Traffic Injury Prevention 21(2):163-168.

23. Jazinizadeh F, Mohammadi H, Quenneville CE. (2020) Comparing the Fracture Limits of the Proximal Femur Under Impact and Quasi-static Conditions in Simulation of a Sideways Fall. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 103:103593.

24. Acharya I, Van Tuyl JT, de Lange J, Quenneville CE. (2019) A Force-Sensing Insole to Quantify Impact Loading to the Foot. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 141:024501-1-6.

25. Martinez AA, Chakravarty AB, Quenneville CE. (2018) The Effect of Impulse on the Axial Fracture Tolerance of the Isolated Tibia During Automotive and Military Impacts. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 78:315-320.

26. Amuno S, Al-kaissi A, Jamwal A, Niyogi S, Quenneville CE. (2018) Chronic Arsenicosis in Wild Snowshoe Hares (Lepus Americanus) Breeding Near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Canada), Part 2: Manifestation of Bone Abnormalities and Osteoporosis.  Science of the Total Environment 612:1559-1567.


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