Lab Members

PhD Students

Christine Tallon

Christine is a 4th year PhD Candidate with a research interest in the brain blood flow and the influence of  sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity. She is currently analyzing data from both the Prolonged Sitting and Brain Health and the Kelowna Youth Health projects.

Christine has been awarded the Graduate Dean’s Thesis Fellowship from the College of Graduate Studies at UBCO (2019), University Graduate Fellowship Awards (2017, 2018, and 2019), and the Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship (2016).

Email: christine.tallon@ubc.ca

ResearchGate

Christine’s Recent Publications

Tallon CM, Simair RG, Koziol AV, Ainslie PN, McManus AM. (2019). High intensity interval training and moderate intensity steady state exercise elicit differing intra-cranial vascular responses in children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 31(3): 290-295.

Matt Rieger

Matt is a 2nd year PhD student with a research interest in paediatric environmental physiology. He has been awarded the Marco Cabrera Student Research Award from the North American Society for Exercise Medicine, a Wilderness Medical Society Research-in-Training Grant, and an NSERC Doctoral Award.

His research interest in high altitude physiology led Matt to be the driver of the Kids with Altitude expedition which was successfully completed in August of 2019.

Email: matt.rieger@ubc.ca

Matt’s Recent Publications

Rieger MG, Nowak- Flück D, Morris LE, Niroula S, Sherpa KT, Tallon CM, Stembridge M, Ainslie P.N., McManus A.M. (2018). UBC-Nepal Expedition: Cerebrovascular responses to exercise in Sherpa children residing at high altitude. High Altitude Medicine & Biology, 20(1): 45-55.

 

MSc Students

Alyssa Koziol

Alyssa is a 2nd year MSc student with focus on researching the effect of prolonged sedentary time on body mass index in children and adolescents. She is currently heavily involved in analysis of data collected through the Kelowna Youth Health Index.

Recently, Alyssa has been awarded a Provost Award for Teaching Assistants & Tutors in recognition of her contributions in her teaching support role during the 2018-2019 academic year. This distinction has been followed by a University Graduate Fellowship Award in September 2019.

Email:  alyssa57@alumni.ubc.ca

Alyssa’s Recent Publications

Tallon CM, Simair RG, Koziol AV, Ainslie PN, McManus AM. (2019). High intensity interval training and moderate intensity steady state exercise elicit differing intra-cranial vascular responses in children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 31(3): 290-295.

Liam King

Liam is in his 1st year of the MSc program. He previously was involved with the Kelowna Youth Health Index project during his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology). Liam’s focus for his thesis will be on the perceptions of masculinity on the Indigenous youth.

Email: liam.king@alumni.ubc.ca

 

Undergraduate Honours Thesis Student

Ryoma Murata

Ryoma is a 5th year Human Kinetics Undergraduate Student with a focus in paediatric anatomy & physiology. He is currently completing an honours thesis involving cerebrovascular reactivity in children and adolescents with the hope of gaining experience in research while working with paediatric population. He has goals to become a paediatric physiotherapist once he completes his undergraduate degree.

Outside of school, he is working as a personal trainer at Steve Nash Fitness World Kelowna with a clientele focus in rehabilitation and athletic performance in geriatric and paediatric populations. On his free time, he volunteers at MotionWorx Physiotherapy.

Email: ryoma.murata@alumni.ubc.ca

Ryoma’s Certifications

National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT
TRX Suspension Trainer
Agatsu Kettlebell Instructor’s Certification, Level 1
Anatomy Trains for Movement Specialists
dotFIT Certified Fitness Professional
Foundations of Heart Rate Variability