Lab Members


Étienne Myette-Côté

Current Research: Étienne research focuses on the effects of dietary macronutrients modulation on metabolic health, vascular function and inflammatory status in individuals with type 2 diabetes. He is currently conducting studies evaluating the impact of exogenous ketone supplementation on exercise performance and a broad range of health outcomes including glucose control and insulin secretion.

Future Aspirations: Étienne has always really enjoyed teaching and interacting with students to transmit his passion for health sciences. He hopes that he will be able to make a career in that field in the near future alongside research.

Étienne is originally from Montreal but moved out west in 2013. Alongside his research, he performs health-related fitness testing with several athletic teams including the Edmonton Oilers. He also holds a phlebotomy (CPT) and an exercise physiologist certification (CSEP-CEP).


Cody Durrer

Current Research: Cody’s research focuses on using exercise and diet interventions to improve metabolic health, vascular function, and inflammation in people with type 2 diabetes. His PhD thesis aims to determine the effectiveness of a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet to improve glycemic control and reduce the need for glucose-lowering medications in type 2 diabetes.

Cody grew up in the Okanagan and has a passion for the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, and snowboarding and can often be found exploring with his dog Watson.


Erica Abbie

Erica is currently working in the health care industry developing medical education plans and peer to peer continuing health education programs focused on the management and treatment of diabetes.  She earned an Honours BSc. from the University of Guelph in 1998.  Erica has personal and professional interests in health and exercise science and enjoys trail running, swimming and biking in her spare time.






Jodi Langley

Jodi is a recent graduate of Acadia University with her undergrad degree in Kinesiology, she now is a master’s student in both the Exercise Metabolism and Inflammation Lab, as well as the Health and Exercise Psychology Lab. Jodi’s research interests include; high intensity interval training, lifestyle interventions in both diabetes and prediabetes, and community programs for prediabetes. Jodi is currently conducting studies on different bouts of sprint interval training and her masters is focused on using program evaluations to study the reach and effectiveness of a prediabetes community exercise program.

In her spare time Jodi enjoys participating in a wide arrange of water sports (scuba diving, windsurfing, wake boarding), coaching track & field and beating her fellow lab mates in a wide array of board games.



Helena Neudorf

Helena has recently completed her undergrad degree in Human Kinetics at UBC Okanagan. She completed her Honours project with EMIL previously, and will be continuing working with EMIL as she begins her MSc in September (2018). Her current and upcoming projects are focused on exploring the effects of ketones on inflammatory signaling and epigenetic changes. When she is not in the wet lab, Helena spends her spare time skiing, swimming, hiking, and cycling.






Garett Jackson


Watson is a new addition to EMIL and likes to spend most of his time sleeping on Étienne’s chair. He likes long walks and welcoming everyone who visits the lab.