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 clinical research coordinator focuses on low carbohydrate high fat approaches in Type 2 Diabetes management, treatment and remission.
Apart from that, she is a mom of two boys, loves sports Nutrition and is addicted to CrossFit.
Helena completed her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics, followed by a Master’s of Science at UBC Okanagan. During her Master’s, she studied the impact of ketones on inflammatory signalling. This led to her becoming interested in how improving inflammation might simultaneously improve immune function. She is now working on her PhD and her current research is focused on understanding the effect of ketones on markers of immune function in type 2 diabetes. Helena grew up in the outdoorsy town of Squamish and uses her spare time to go backcountry skiing, cycling, hiking and trail running.
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.
Ali (Ibram) was born and raised in Ilam, a small city in the west of Iran. He completed his master studies at SBU and now focusing on the impacts of nutritional ketosis on inflammation, lung function, and exercise tolerance in individuals with COPD at EMIL. He is trying to find a way to help cardiorespiratory patients through rehabilitation programs that are based on a psychophysiological method. He passionately likes doing high-quality research and teaching as well. He also is curious about learning/discovering new things (from philosophy and cultures to space and Andromeda) as well as reading ACSM’s books. He enjoys traveling and of course learning through traveling.
Paula completed her undergraduate degree in Medicine, following by a Post-graduation in Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2006, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since her post-graduation, she has focused her work on helping patients to prevent and treat diabetes, obesity, and other endocrine diseases. Nowadays, Paula is working on her Master’s Degree in EMIL at UBCO and her current research is focused on understanding Type 2 Diabetes Remission in individuals who achieved it by lifestyle interventions and Bariatric Surgery and their glucose profiles. Outside the lab, she enjoys traveling, hiking and joining with family members and friends.
Juan Pablo Tortoriello
Spencer completed his BSc at The University of British Columbia Okanagan in biochemistry and molecular biology. During this time, Spencer completed an honours thesis for his research on intestinal stem cells, designer probiotics, and how they can influence the mucus barrier of the gut. Current research interests for Spencer are a culmination of his personal pursuits in exercise and sport, in addition to his fascination with human metabolism and biology. Spencer’s masters degree will examine how exercise regimes, body composition, and dietary interventions can impact mitochondrial respiration. Apart from laboratory work Spencer is an ultra distance triathlete, and rock climber, he enjoys socializing and surrounds himself with friends and family.
Tori completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University, where she completed an honours thesis project examining the effect of pre-exercise feeding on acute glycemic responses to high-intensity exercise. Her MSc research involves a pilot study exploring the efficacy and feasibility of an exercise training intervention consisting of brief, isolated bouts of vigorous exercise (“exercise snacks”) among individuals living with type 2 diabetes. Outside of the lab, Tori enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.
Roddie graduated with a BSc in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. During this time, he completed his undergraduate honours thesis in the realm of child growth and development investigating physical literacy in children who participate in elite sport and children who attend a well-structured afterschool physical activity program. This experience, along with taking a fourth year exercise metabolism course, motivated Roddie to pursue a master’s degree in health and exercise science. In joining the EMIL, Roddie will build on the Exercise Snacks project by applying this form of high intensity interval training to a clinical population (i.e., individuals living with T2D) with hopes to see improvements in metabolic markers. He is also interested in learning about the role that high intensity training has in improving mitochondrial function.
Outside of the lab, Roddie can be found on the golf course, at the rink, the tennis court, spending time with friends and family, reading, and listening to podcasts.
Research Coordinator | Airborne Disease Transmission Research Cluster
Jake completed his Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2019. Jake is the Research Coordinator for the newly funded Eminence Cluster at UBCO, called the Airborne Disease Transmission Research Cluster. The Cluster aims to make health care safer by ‘breaking the chain of aerosol transmission’ for diseases like COVID-19. Jake’s role is to ensure the cluster meets research milestones and to assist Dr. Jonathan Little with planning and implementing health research.
In his spare time, Jake is an avid outdoorsman – enjoying multi-day canoe, biking, and hiking trips. Jake also enjoys skiing, running, playing hockey and guitar.