Glen Foster

Associate Professor

School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Phone: 250.807.8224

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Foster's research aims to approach complex physiological problems using integrative and applied experimental approaches that focus on multiple systems in vivo.

Courses & Teaching

Dr. Foster currently teaches HMKN 414 – Advanced Circulatory Physiology, and supervises students in HMKN 499 and 449.


Dr. Foster obtained his Bachelor’s in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia, where he also received his Master of Science in Exercise Physiology working under the supervision of Dr. Bill Sheel.  Foster then received his Doctorate in Cardiovascular & Respiratory Science from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2009 under the supervision of Dr.s Patrick Hanly and Marc Poulin.  Following his doctoral degree, Foster completed a 4 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Bill Sheel in the area of pulmonary gas exchange and mechanics, cerebrovascular control, and high altitude physiology before joining the faculty in 2013.

Research Interests & Projects

The Cardiopulmonary Laboratory for Experimental and Applied Physiology studies how the respiratory, cardiovascular, and autonomic nervous systems interact to control blood flow and ventilation in health and disease.  An important facet of Dr. Foster’s research program is the combination of physiological research and biomedical engineering to create new technologies that innovate future research and improve patient diagnostics and treatments.  The laboratory is currently focused on:

  • The influence of intermittent hypoxia and sleep apnea on cardiovascular, respiratory, and autonomic function.
  • Pulmonary vascular regulation and intrapulmonary shunt at high altitude and during exercise.
  • Coronary blood flow regulation
  • Muscle and tissue perfusion measured by contrast enhanced ultrasound

The lab receives funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Those interested in graduate training opportunities should contact Dr. Foster (

Selected Publications & Presentations

For an up-to-date listing of research articles please follow this link:


Apologies, but no results were found.