Dr. Leigh Gabel, PhD

Pronouns: she/her
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Assistant Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute


Educational Background

PhD Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2017

MSc Kinesiology, McMaster University, 2011

Bachelors Honours Kinesiology, Western University, 2008


My research examines the development of the musculoskeletal system across the lifespan using advanced medical imaging (HR-pQCT, pQCT, DXA). I examine sex- and maturity-related differences in bone and muscle development in children and adolescents, with a particular focus on the role of physical activity for musculoskeletal health. My research also focuses on understanding the impact of loading (physical activity, exercise) and unloading (sedentary time, microgravity) on skeletal adaptation.  


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
KNES 355 Human Growth and Development Winter 2023
KNES 503.83 Pediatric Exercise Science Winter 2023


  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, CIHR. 2021
  • T. Chen Fong Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Imaging Science, University of Calgary. 2017
  • Postgraduate Fellowship, Alberta Innovates. 2017
  • Endeavour Fellowship, Australian Government. 2014
  • Fredrick Banting and Charles Best CGS Doctoral Research Award, CIHR. 2012


  • Exercise and bone health across the lifespan. Macdonald HM, Gabel L, McKay HA. Clinical Sports Medicine: Exercise Medicine. (2019)
  • Exercise and the female skeleton. Gabel L and Macdonald HM. The Female Athlete Triad: A Clinical Guide. (2015)

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