Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows play key roles on our research teams.

dr. Stephen Wright

Supervisor: Dr. Neil Eves |  Integrative Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology Lab


A CIHR postdoctoral fellow, Stephen completed his PhD in Medical Science and MSc in Exercise Science at the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital. His research focuses on cardiopulmonary hemodynamics, their relationship to exercise capacity and tolerance, and the modifying influences of sex, normal ageing, and chronic disease. Stephen is leading two projects. The first examines how breathing impacts heart function at rest and during exercise, whether interactions work differently in women compared to men, and how healthy aging influences those interactions. The second examines how impaired heart function impacts lung function and contributes to the sensation of breathlessness during exercise in adults living with heart failure, and testing whether using lower-body negative pressure during exercise can reduce breathlessness.


Supervisor: Dr. Lise Olsen |  Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIIC)


Majored in Physical Activity and Exercise Science at Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) and completed his PhD in Education at the University of Burgos (Spain). Since then, his research has focused on two main fields: integrative models of education for inclusion and citizenship, and the promotion of healthy habits in educational contexts, particularly for individuals at risk of social exclusion. Miguel leads several European projects aimed at fostering inclusion across various dimensions, including physical diversity stemming from both disability and giftedness, as well as socio-cultural diversity in terms of gender, sexuality, racism, beliefs, and fostering care.


Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Little |  Exercise, Metabolism and Inflammation Lab


As a CIHR postdoctoral fellow, Alexis earned his PhD in Physical Activity Science from the University of Sherbrooke and the Research Center on Aging. His research delves into the non-pharmaceutical management of cardiovascular disease, with a specific focus on individuals living with type 2 diabetes. Alexis specializes in exploring the therapeutic potential of exercise and dietary interventions, including low-carbohydrate diets and ketone supplements, across a spectrum from epidemiological to clinical research. Alexis is also deeply involved in knowledge mobilization initiatives aimed at combatting misinformation and providing evidence-based insights for healthcare practitioners and the general public.


Supervisor: Dr. Ali McManus | Paediatric Exercise Research Laboratory


A Stober Foundation postdoctoral fellow, Jodie completed her PhD in Exercise and vascular physiology at the university of Queensland (Australia) and MSc by research in paediatric exercise physiology at the university of Exeter (UK). Her research focusses on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular responses to exercise in children and adolescents, and the modifying influences of sex, maturational development, and fitness. Jodie is leading an exercise training intervention to determine the feasibility of mobile health technologies for prescribing high intensity workouts in adolescents, and the resultant impacts on fitness and vascular health. She is also leading studies to determine the acute cardiovascular and cerebrovascular responses during exercise and acute physiological stressors in children and adolescents compared to adults, to identify the regulatory differences in factors controlling cerebral blood flow in youth and the developmental trajectories.


Supervisor: Dr. Mary Jung | Diabetes Prevention Research Group


Dr. Bourne is a Michael Smith Health Research Fellow. Her research focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating physical activity interventions in a range of populations, including individuals diagnosed with cancer and those with or at risk of type 2 diabetes. She is particularly interested in the role of active travel, especially the use of electrically assisted bicycles, as a means of increasing physical activity behaviour and reducing motorized vehicle use. Jessica has shared her research findings with policy makers, community partners and the public through a variety of knowledge translation activities.

DR. Alexandre abilio de SOUZA TEIXEIRA

Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Little | Exercise, Metabolism and Inflammation Lab


As a postdoctoral fellow, Alexandre earned his PhD and master’s degree in health sciences at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo (USP) – Brazil. During his doctoral studies, he conducted a sandwich PhD program at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. During his PhD program, he delved into the impact of physical exercise on regulating circadian rhythm in cancer and aging. Currently, in his postdoctoral research at USP, he delves into understanding how Clock Genes influence immunometabolism and the differentiation of monocytes/macrophages during the process of immunosenescence, alongside investigating the lifelong role of physical exercise. At the University of British Columbia, Alexandre is a visiting postdoc, and his research focuses on the β-adrenergic pathway as a target in regulating the polarization of monocytes/macrophages in type 2 diabetes.