OUR PEOPLE

Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. 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. He received additional research training in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology at the University of Copenhagen and in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Services at the University of Athens. Following his graduate training, Dr. Guenette completed a postdoctoral fellowship (2012) in clinical exercise physiology at Queen’s University under the mentorship of Dr. Denis E. O’Donnell. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and the Associate Director of the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (formerly the James Hogg Research Centre) at St. Paul’s Hospital.

 

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, CCRP

Research Manager

Satvir completed his B.Sc. (2011) in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He completed his M.Sc. (2014) in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. 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. 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.

Dr. Michele Schaeffer

Postdoctoral Fellow

Michele received her B.A. (2010) in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley, her M.Sc. (2013) in Exercise Science from McGill University, and most recently her Ph.D. (2018) in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory she will be continuing her research on the mechanisms of dyspnea and exercise intolerance in patients with interstitial lung disease and the use of hyperoxia as in intervention during an exercise rehabilitation program.

 

 

 

Dr. Kate Milne

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Milne is a respirologist at Vancouver General Hospital and The Lung Centre clinic at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre. She completed her undergraduate education at Acadia University and medical school (2013), internal medicine residency (2016) and respiratory medicine fellowship (2018) at the University of British Columbia. Following her respiratory medicine fellowship, she completed the Clinician Investigator Program at the University of British Columbia and a MSc in Experimental Medicine (2020) with a focus in exercise physiology at Queen’s University. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory she will be conducting research in sex-differences in dyspnea in chronic lung disease.

 

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Nafeez Syed

Ph.D. Candidate

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

Ph.D. Candidate

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. Reid completed his MSc under the supervision of Dr. Guenette. His current hobby at the moment is cycling with the UBC cycling club. Currently, he is working in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory as a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Jordan A. Guenette.

 

Olivia Hutchinson

M.Sc. Candidate

Olivia is currently completing her Bachelors of Science at Simon Fraser University in Biomedical Physiology. During her time as an undergraduate she spent time at the Laboratory for Exercise & Environmental Physiology at SFU as a student research assistant. Following this, Olivia completed her undergraduate honours thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Guenette. Olivia explored the effects of high-intensity interval exercise on the ventilatory response and respiratory muscles. Olivia is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences under the supervision Dr. Guenette.

 

 

 

Morgan Flynn

M.Sc. Student

Morgan received her BSc in Exercise, Sport, and Health Sciences at the University of Idaho (2021), where she also competed at the Division 1 NCAA level in women’s soccer. In Idaho, she worked as a student research assistant in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Chantal Vella. Here, she completed an Undergraduate Research Fellowship investigating the effects of screen time and sedentary behaviour on glycemic control. As a Master’s Student in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory she will be researching the effects of aerobic fitness on exertional dyspnoea with face masks.

 

 

 

 

Alanna Hind

M.Sc. Student

Alanna received her Bachelors of Science at Simon Fraser University in Biomedical Physiology. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked as a professional training coach, working with clients to rehabilitate injuries and progress overall strength. As a Masters of Science student in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Lab, Alanna will be exploring sex difference in pulmonary oedema development in elite athletes after maximal exercise. Outside of the lab, Alanna can be found on the local trails hiking and trail running!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Jesse Charlton, Graduate Student, 2016

Gabby Napoleone, Summer Research Student, 2016

Emily McBride, Summer Research Student, 2017

Kyle Boyle, Graduate Student, 2016-2019

Dr. Yannick Molgat-Seon, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

Julia Zhang, Summer Research Student, 2019-2020

Dr. Andrew Ramsook, Graduate Student, 2013-2021

 

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