OUR PEOPLE

Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. Jordan GuenetteDr. Jordan A. Guenette, Ph.D.

Department of Physical Therapy, UBC
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital

Dr. Guenette received his BHK (2004), MSc (2006) and PhD (2010) in Exercise and Respiratory Physiology in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.  His graduate training was conducted in the Health and Integrative Physiology Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. A. William Sheel.  Dr. Guenette received additional research training in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology at the Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre (University of Copenhagen) and in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Services (University of Athens).  Following his graduate training, Dr. Guenette completed a postdoctoral fellowship (2012) in clinical exercise physiology in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University under the mentorship of Dr. Denis E. O’Donnell.

Medical Director

Dr. Christopher J. Ryerson, M.D.

Department of Medicine, UBC
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital

Dr. Ryerson is a respirologist and Assistant Professor at the UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation. He completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, medical school at the University of Western Ontario, and his internal medicine residency and respirology fellowship at the University of British Columbia. He has a Masters degree in clinical research from the University of California San Francisco, with a clinical and research focus on fibrotic interstitial lung diseases.

 

 

Research Team

SatvirSatvir S. Dhillon

Research Assistant

Satvir manages the day-to-day operations of the CPEP lab and assists in establishing and conducting research projects under the supervision of Dr. Guenette. He recently defended his M.Sc thesis in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Pat Camp (2014). His thesis investigated the accuracy of physical activity monitoring techniques in a population of adults with advanced chronic lung disease during physical activity of varying types and intensity. He completed his undergraduate studies with a B.Sc. degree in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University (SFU). In addition, Satvir had the opportunity to work on various research projects relating to older adult health during his work terms at the Fraser Health Authority and SFU Gerontology Research Centre as part of the SFU Co-operative Education program. This valuable Co-op experience was what sparked Satvir’s interest in health and clinical research.

MSchaefferMichele Schaeffer

Ph.D. Candidate

Michele received her BA (2010) in Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley and her MSc (2013) in Exercise Physiology at McGill University.  For her master’s thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Jensen, she examined the sensory consequences of sex-related differences in the diaphragm electromyogram response to symptom-limited incremental cycle exercise in healthy, young men and women.

AndrewRAndrew Ramsook

Ph.D. Student

Andrew received his BPHE (2012) from the University of Toronto through the Faculty of Physical Education and Health. During this time he spent three years under the mentorship of Dr. Catherine Amara performing various duties as a student researcher. Currently, he will be working in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory as a M.Sc. student under the supervision of Dr. Jordan A. Guenette.

 

 

Yannick Molgat-SeonYannick Molgat-Seon

Ph.D. Candidate

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Yannick received his B.Sc. (2009) in Human Kinetics and his M.Sc. (2012) in Exercise Physiology at the University of Ottawa. He is now a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia in the Health and Integrative Physiology Laboratory, studying under the supervision of Dr. Bill Sheel. He is currently working in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory on a collaborative project with Dr. Jordan Guenette focusing on characterizing the sex-based differences in the mechanical and sensory responses of the respiratory system during exercise in the elderly. Outside of academics, Yannick enjoys cycling, backcountry skiing and travelling.

 

Nafeez_SyedNafeez Syed

Ph.D. Student

Nafeez received his Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2007) in Physical Therapy from Manipal University, India. As a part of his master’s program, Nafeez specialized in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and Intensive Care Physical Therapy. His post graduate thesis compared the active cycles of breathing techniques to the conventional chest physical therapy in airway clearance of subjects with Bronchiectasis. He also received special training in foot and ankle biomechanics, as well as prevention and management of foot and ankle injuries from Foot Solutions Inc., USA (2009). He conducted research to understand the plantar pressures in diabetics and non-diabetics with different types of foot arches. Prior to joining as a Research Assistant under Dr Guenette, Nafeez was serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Manipal University for the last 5 years. He was involved in clinical training of postgraduate students and conducted research in the field of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Reid Mitchell

M.Sc. Student

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Reid received his BKIN (2015) from the University of British Columbia. During this time he participated in various activities including: Varsity Track and field/XC, where he was a 2-time academic all-Canadian; volunteer research assistant in the Psychology of Exercise, Health and Physical Activity Laboratory under Dr. Mark Beauchamps, assisting with the GOAL Trial; and volunteering at the UBC Hospital. His current hobby at the moment is cycling with the UBC cycling club. Currently, he will be working in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory as a M.Sc. student under the supervision of Dr. Jordan A. Guenette.

 

JesseJesse Charlton

M.Sc. Student

Jesse is a Master’s student in the Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Lab researching lower body biomechanics during athletic movements like squatting. He is collaborating with the CPEP Lab on a study investigating the effects of rider position on respiratory work and diaphragmatic patterns. Jesse earned a Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching from Douglas College in New Westminster. He holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and continues to work with field, strength and extreme sport athletes. Outside of the lab Jesse competes in Judo and is an avid Powerlifter and Olympic Weightlifter.

Kyle Boyle

M.Sc. Student

Kyle received his Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia in May 2016. During his undergraduate degree Kyle worked as a research assistant at the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit, investigating ice hockey concussion prevalence and prevention in response to policy change. Kyle’s research interests include how exercise can be used to treat and prevent disease and injury. Currently, Kyle is working towards his Master of Science, having started with the CPEP lab in September 2016. His current project will explore the impact diaphragmatic fatigue has on the neural drive to breathe and the qualitative dimensions of dyspnea. During the weekends you can find Kyle coaching youth ice hockey or up on the mountains.

 

Gabby Napoleone

Undergraduate Student

Gabby has completed her B.Sc. in Biomedical Physiology (2016) at Simon Fraser University and is currently an NSERC USRA student in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Lab. Gabby had the opportunity to assist with various research projects in different clinical settings, including the Intensive Care Unit at Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster, BC) and the Orthopaedic Cast Clinic at Peace Arch Hospital (White Rock, BC). Gabby enjoys running through the North Shore trails and competing in Grouse Grind races.

 

CPEP Lab Alumni

Taila Piva, Mitacs Summer Research Student, 2013

Julia Cory, UBC Faculty of Medicine Summer Student, 2014

Sabrina Wilkie, Research Assistant, 2013-2015

Ryan Koo, Summer Research Student, 2015

 

Collaborators

Dr. Pat Camp, P.T., Ph.D.

Department of Physical Therapy, UBC
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital

Dr. Christopher Carlsten, M.D., MPH

Respiratory Division, Department of Medicine, UBC
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Neil Eves, Ph.D.

School of Health and Exercise Science, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Jasmine Grewal, M.D.

Cardiology Division, Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. William R. Henderson, M.D.

Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Dennis Jensen, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University

Dr. Michael Koehle, M.D., Ph.D.

School of Kinesiology, UBC
Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Denis E. O’Donnell, M.D.

Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine, Physiology, Rehabilitation Medicine; School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Dr. Bradley Quon, M.D.

Department of Medicine, UBC
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital

Dr. Darlene Reid, P.T., Ph.D.

Department of Physical Therapy, UBC

Dr. A. William Sheel, Ph.D.

School of Kinesiology, UBC

Dr. Pearce Wilcox, M.D.

Department of Medicine, UBC