John Matyas

Professor (Microscopic Anatomy)


McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health


Cumming School of Medicine

Full Member

Pain and Animal Welfare Research Group

MSc, PhD

Contact information


Office : HMRB400


VETM320        Anatomy & Histology
VETM300        Professional Skills
VETM305        Clinical Skills (Microscopy)
VETM601        Professional Skills (graduate students)

Research and teaching

Research Interests

  • Bone and Joint Health
  • Comparative Pathobiology
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Research / Scholarly Activities

Dr. Matyas’ research focuses on joint tissue biomechanics and the causes and treatments of degenerative joint disease.  This includes comparative animal models of joint injury and repair, contribution of stem cells to skeletal healing, functional imaging of connective tissues (cartilage, bone, intervertebral disc) and stereology of connective tissues.  Dr. Matyas also has an interest in chronic joint pain.


Dr. Matyas came to UCVM from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He graduated from Cornell University in 1978 with an A.B. in biology. Dr. Matyas went on to study for his M.Sc. at Cornell before coming to the U of C for his Ph.D. under Dr. Cy Frank.