Lab Members

Jeremy Walsh, PhD

The overarching focus of Dr. Walsh’s research is to understand how aspects of the whole day (e.g., sleep, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and diet) independently and collectively influence brain health. The long-term goal of this research is to apply this knowledge in the design of interventions aimed at improving brain health across the lifespan.

Current Research:

Dr. Walsh is currently examining the effects of short-term exogenous oral ketone supplementation on aspects of cardiovascular, immune, and cognitive health in adults at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Further, Dr. Walsh remains active in research examining the relationship between sleep, physical activity, and screen time on brain health in adolescents.


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Twitter: @jj_walsh16

Matthew Stork, PhD

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow

Matt completed his PhD in Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan. While Matt’s research has ranged from investigating first year university students to individuals living with a spinal cord injury, the main focus of his work to date has been to examine the psychological and behavioural implications of engaging in high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Matt has a particular interest in studying largely inactive populations, with an emphasis on determining ways to promote and maximize long-term exercise adherence. As such, Matt has also studied the effects of music as a way of enhancing people’s psychological and physiological responses to exercise and subsequently encouraging future exercise participation.

Matt’s current research in the Exercise, Metabolism, and Inflammation Lab is focused on using his lab-based expertise towards developing and delivering exercise programs in real-world settings such as the workplace.


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Twitter: @mattJstork

Barbara Oliveira, PhD

Dr. Barbara Oliveira is a Registered Dietitian from Brazil. She completed her PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and studied antioxidant vitamins, oxidative stress and type 1 diabetes. Her  MsC was in Neuroscience and focused on Alzheimer’s disease. Barbara’s current research in the Exercise, Metabolism and Inflammation Lab as a postdoctoral fellow will focus on exogenous ketone supplements and  low carbohydrate high fat approaches in type 2 diabetes.

Apart from that, she is a mom of two boys, loves sports Nutrition and is addicted to CrossFit.






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.


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Helena Neudorf

Helena has completed her undergrad degree in Human Kinetics at UBC Okanagan and has continued on to pursue a MSc with Dr. Little. She completed her Honours project with EMIL which was focused on exploring the effects of ketones on inflammatory signaling and epigenetic changes. In her MSc she is expanding on her previous work. When she is not in the wet lab, Helena spends her spare time skiing, swimming, hiking, and cycling.







Garett Jackson

Current Research: Garett’s research focuses on the impact of acute submaximal aerobic exercise on immune cell recruitment and mobilization in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). More specifically, the bout of exercise is based on updated physical activity guidelines for individuals living with SCI.

Garett is from Prince George BC, and moved to the Okanagan in 2013. Outside of academia, Garett enjoys boxing, biking, archery and working on cars.


Twitter: @GarettJackson1




Kaja Falkenhain

Kaja was born in the land of sausages, beer and sauerkraut. She holds her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science (a weird mixture of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, mathematics, philosophy of mind, linguistics, neuropsychology, machine learning and computer science) and completed her thesis exploring the effects of voluntary exercise on brain blood flow in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States.

After her first visit of Canada for an internship at the UBC Vancouver one year prior, she returned to BC to pursue her Master’s degree with Dr. Little, focusing primarily on the effects and mechanisms of a ketogenic diet and ketone supplements.

Her future aspirations include being able to perform a 25-foot handstand walk and a bar muscle-up, becoming Watson’s favourite lap and acquiring the Canadian sense of humour.


Twitter: @kaja_falkenhain


Carolina Cabral

Carolina is from Brazil and has completed her undergrad degree in physical education at the São Paulo State University. HerMsC was focused on the effects of acute exercise on physiological and inflammatory response in healthy subjects.

Carolina’s current PhD focuses on the role of Toll Like Receptor 4 (TLR-4) and the lipolytic response mediated by acute exercise. In the Exercise, Metabolism and Inflammation Lab, as Visiting International Research Students fellow, is currently examining immunoregulatory cytokines.




Watson is a research assistant working in EMIL. He likes long walks and welcoming everyone who visits the lab. He is completely unqualified for the job but we keep him around because no one has the heart to fire him.