Lab Members

Muscle Physiology Lab​


 


 

PhD Candidates

Hashim Islam, MSc

Hashim Islam, MSc

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.

Jacob Bonafiglia, MSc

Jacob Bonafiglia, MSc

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.

Eveline Menezes, MSc

Eveline Menezes, MSc

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.

Masters Students

Nicholas Preobrazenski

Nicholas Preobrazenski

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.

Kassia Regnier

Kassia Regnier

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. 

Tanbira Alam

Tanbira Alam

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.

Ejaz Cauzer

Ejaz Cauzer

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.

4th Year Thesis Students

Kassy Gray

Kassy Gray

Austin Gerhart

Austin Gerhart

Graduate Student Lab Alumni

Alumni

Degree(s) Completed in Lab

Where are they now?

Assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba

Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Jeremy Simpson at the University of Guelph

MSc; 2015-2017

4th Year Thesis; 2014-2015

Studying physiotherapy at the University of Toronto

MSc; 2014-2016

4th Year Thesis; 2013-2014

Working as a Rehabilitation Specialist at Fleming Fitness

MSc; 2014-2016

4th Year Thesis; 2013-2014

Working as a Complex Case Manager at Manulife Financial

MSc; 2014-2016

4th Year Thesis; 2013-2014

Currently applying to physiotherapy and occupational therapy programs

MSc; 2012-2014

4th Year Thesis; 2011-2012

Completing a PhD with Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis at the University of British Columbia Okanagan

Tina Siemens, MSc

Tina Siemens, MSc

Working as an occupational therapist

Cameron Williams, MSc

Cameron Williams, MSc

Studying medicine at the University of Toronto

Marysa Smith, MSc

Marysa Smith, MSc

Working as a registered Kinesiologist at CBI physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre in Ottawa

Colin Boyd, MSc

Colin Boyd, MSc

Research Coordinator in the Department of Anesthesia at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

Queen's Muscle Physiology Lab

28 Division St. RM405, Kingston, ON, 37L 3N6