Janet Lawson MSc(C)
Janet is a first year Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Currently, Janet’s research focuses on the use of narrative in teaching transformational leadership skills to parasport coaches in order to facilitate quality participation. Janet is also interested in exploring quality participation as it relates to parasport coaches and sport assistants/guides. Janet obtained a Bachelor’s in Sport and Fitness Leadership from Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. and has worked with a variety of sport organizations, including the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Athletics Canada.
Alexandra Walters MSc(C)
Alexandra is a first year Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Currently, Alexandra is focusing on health branding and social marketing, specifically to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. She uses eye-tracking technology as a method for her data collection, and also has projects at CHEO regarding health messaging, and a number of other projects in physical activity promotion. Previously, Alexandra completed a BA (Honours) in Health Studies at Queen’s University.
Nicole Giouridis MSc(C)
Nicole is a first year Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Tomasone. Currently, Nicole is investigating the use of multiple methods to examine attitudes towards disability. She hopes that the findings of her research will create a new tool that can be used to augment future research while providing further insight into understanding attitudes towards persons with disability. Previously, Nicole completed a BA (Honours) in Health Studies at Queen’s University.
Kristiann Man MSc(C)
Kristiann is a second year Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Tomasone. Currently, Kristiann is examining participation in the context of community-based exercise programming for persons with physical disability. She hopes that the findings of her research will inform the optimal development and delivery of community-based programming for this population, enhance program providers’ abilities to foster quality experiences for program members, as well as support the basic right to full and effective participation in society for persons with disability. Previously, Kristiann completed a BSc (Honours) in Kinesiology at Queen’s University.
Kaitlyn Kauffeldt PhD(C)
Kaitlyn is a first year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Tomasone. Currently, Kaitlyn is investigating the promotion of physical activity for persons living with cancer. Her research to date has focused on the optimization of physical activity programming for breast cancer survivors, and understanding the components that contribute to a quality physical activity experience. She hopes that the findings of her research will contribute to physical activity program implementation efforts for breast cancer survivors in Ontario. Previously, Kaitlyn completed a Master’s degree in Health Promotion at Queen’s University.
Dr. Angela Fong PhD
Dr. Fong’s research focuses on applying knowledge translation strategies and exercise psychology theories to promote physical activity in cancer survivors. She aims to understand the role of physical activity on psychosocial outcomes in this population. Currently, she is developing and testing innovative knowledge translation tools and strategies to promote physical activity in the cancer care setting and community at large. Dr. Fong earned her PhD in Exercise Sciences from the University of Toronto and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Jennifer Tomasone.
Dr. Madelaine Gierc PhD
Dr. Gierc is currently a fourth year PhD student in Clinical Psychology, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow under the co-supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung and Dr. Jennifer Tomasone for her PhD in Kinesiology. Dr. Gierc’s research focuses on sedentary behaviour, cognitive-behavioural strategies for chronic disease self-management. Previously, Dr. Gierc completed her BA at the University of Alberta, her MPH at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan.
28 Division St. RM500
Kingston ON Canada
Originally from Calgary Alberta, Hashim completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge. He then moved to Ontario to pursue his MSc at Wilfrid Laurier University under the supervision of Dr. Tom Hazell where he examined the impact of exercise intensity on appetite regulation. He is now completing his PhD in Dr. Gurd’s lab examining the molecular mechanisms that underpin exercise-induced skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis.
Originally from Grimsby Ontario, Jacob moved to Kingston to complete his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. Jacob completed a 4th year thesis with Dr. Brendon Gurd examining individual variability in the adaptive response to exercise training. Jacob then finished a MSc and is now completing his PhD where he continues to investigate the molecular basis of individual variability.
Originally from Brazil, Eveline completed her BS degree in Physical Education at Federal University of Vale do São Francisco. During her undergraduate, she studied Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University with Sciences Without Borders and at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a research trainee. She then completed her MSc in Functional and Molecular Biology at the State University of Campinas under the supervision of Dr. Leonardo Reis where she examined the process of mitochondrial biogenesis in insulin secreting pancreatic cells.
Originally from Port Credit Ontario, Nick completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. In his 4th year Nick completed a thesis that compared traditional methods of prescribing exercise intensity to more practical approaches. Using acute exercise coupled with blood flow restriction, Nick’s MSc thesis will investigate the acute mechanisms that regulate mitochondrial biogenesis in human skeletal muscle.
Originally from Williamstown, Ontario, Kassia moved to Kingston, Ontario, to complete her BScH degree in Biology at Queen’s University. She is currently completing her MSc degree in muscle physiology with Dr. Brendon Gurd. When not in the lab, Kassia enjoys staying fit and spending time with her family and her cats.
Born and raised in Bangladesh, Tanbira completed a degree in medicine at Dhaka University. She then moved to Kingston to pursue her MSc at Queen’s University under supervision of Brendon Gurd and Chris McGlory.
Originally from Mississauga Ontario, Ejaz completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University in 2019. Ejaz has been working on a systematic review to determine the mechanisms that underlie improvements in VO2max following training. He has also been working closely with Nick Preobrazenski to determine the effects of blood flow restriction during HIIT training on mitochondrial biogenesis in human skeletal muscle.
Degree(s) Completed in Lab
Where are they now?
4th Year Thesis; 2013-2014
Currently applying to physiotherapy and occupational therapy programs
Tina Siemens, MSc
Working as an occupational therapist
Cameron Williams, MSc
Studying medicine at the University of Toronto
Marysa Smith, MSc
Working as a registered Kinesiologist at CBI physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre in Ottawa
Colin Boyd, MSc
Research Coordinator in the Department of Anesthesia at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax
28 Division St. RM405, Kingston, ON, 37L 3N6
Alyssa grew up in Vaughan and completed her undergraduate and Masters degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON). Alyssa is currently completing her doctorate studies in the Human Vascular Control Laboratory investigating nitrate supplementation’s influence on oxygen delivery and exercise performance. Within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) she is also involved as a teaching assistant for the Exercise, Disability and Aging Mini-stream. This undergraduate mini-stream is closely affiliated with the Revved Up program where she serves as a personal trainer creating adapted exercise programs for individuals with mobility impairments and intellectual disabilities.
Patrick grew up in Verona, and completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. Patrick completed a fourth year thesis project under Dr. Tschakovsky, studying full body isometric contractions. Patrick is currently finishing his Masters project, where he has been researching fatigue-independent alterations in perception of effort, and will be returning to the Tschakovsky lab as a PhD student.
Originally from Erin, Mytchel moved to Kingston where he studied at Queen’s University, completing his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Mytchel is currently completing his Masters degree in the Tschakovsky lab, where he is examining the vascular response to a challenge in muscle perfusion pressure.
A Kingston native, Nick completed his undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Nick currently works as a fitness trainer, coaching athletes from various sports and competitive levels, while simultaneously working in the Human Vascular Control Lab to complete his Masters degree.
A native of Toronto, Zach finished his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. Zach completed a research internship in the Human Vascular Control Lab during his third year, and came back to complete a Masters degree, where he will be looking at mechanisms behind the rapid manipulation of stroke volume.