Faculty Members’ Research

Brendon Gurd, PhD (Muscle Physiology, University of Western Ontario)

Dr. Gurd seeks to understand the mechanisms by which both different intensities and different types of exercise improve mitochondrial function; and the impact that these improvements in mitochondrial function have in both health and disease


Chris McGlory, PhD (Molecular Physiology, University of Stirling UK)

The aim of my research program is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning the adaptive response of skeletal muscle to nutrition, exercise training, and immobilization.  I specialize in the use of stable isotopic tracers to track skeletal muscle protein turnover combined with a variety of molecular biology techniques for measurement of enzyme activity, protein expression, and post-translational modification.


Kyra Pyke, PhD (Exercise Physiology, Queen’s University)

Dr. Pyke studies human vascular control in exercise including the function and dysfunction of the vascular endothelium


Robert M. Ross, PhD (Exercise Physiology, Universite’ de Montreal)

Dr. Ross examines the effects of various treatments on lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, and adipose tissue distribution; acute and chronic effects of caloric restriction and exercise on human obesity.


Michael Tschakovsky, PhD (Physiology, University of Waterloo)

Dr. Tschakovsky explores the mechanisms determining the matching of oxygen delivery to skeletal muscle demand in exercise; cardiovascular dysfunction in type 2 diabetes and its contribution to exercise intolerance; novel interventions for improving cardiovascular support of exercising skeletal muscle leading to improved exercise tolerance; and the impact of exercise on brain health and function.