Steven Boyd

Steven Boyd, PhD, PEng



Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Radiology

Scientific Director

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Professor, Joint Appointment

Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Professor, Joint Appointment

Faculty of Kinesiology

Contact information


Educational Background

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, 1994

Masters of Science (MSc) Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical), University of Calgary, 1997

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical), University of Calgary, 2001

Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) Biomedical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich, 2002


Dr. Steve Boyd holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Mechancial Engineering). He is a Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine in the Department of Radiology at the University of Calgary, and holds a joint position at the Schulich School of Engineering and Faculty of Kinesiology. He is Director of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health.

More details can be found at his homepage.


Areas of Research

Medical imaging

Our research group uses state-of-the-art medical imaging technologies to provide an understanding of the mechanisms related to bone loss, often by performing longitudinal analyses. In addition to our research goals, we have developed several custom analysis tools and techniques. These tools are applied in our preclinical (animal) and clinical laboratories, enabling our research group to draw strength from the controlled settings of our preclinical studies and translate that knowledge effectively into a clinical setting.

Bone degeneration mechanisms

Our research focus is on understanding mechanisms and improving therapies for bone degenerative conditions, including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. We study the role of bone mineralization and bone microarchitectural development contributing to bone quality and providing bone strength.


Course number Course title Semester
MDSC 689.03 Advanced Medical Image Processing Winter Term


  • Students Union 2010-2011 Teaching Excellence Award, 2011
  • Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS), Senior Scholar (2010-2017), 2010
  • 2008-2009 Third and Fourth Year Teaching Excellence Award, 2009
  • Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Scholar (2005-2010), 2009
  • Graduate Students' Association 2008-09 Supervisor Excellence Award, 2009
  • 2007-2008 First and Second Year Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  • European Society of Biomechanics SM Perren Award, 2008
  • Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2008, 2008
  • Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness Faculty Member of the Year, 2007
  • Schulich School of Engineering's Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Departmental Teaching Award, 2007
  • Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Scholar, 2005
  • Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 2005
  • Outstanding Teaching Excellence in 2nd Year Engineering, 2005
  • Outstanding Teaching Excellence in 2nd Year Engineering, 2004