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Current Trainees

In this section, you will find information regarding highly qualified personnel working currently in the CPR and LEARN laboratories. Each trainee has created a short biography and description of what they have done. This is a good source of information for individuals that may be interested in working in Dr. Bredin or Warburton’s laboratories. It is recommended highly that interested trainees consult our current personnel directly to learn more about their experiences at the University of British Columbia and the expectations and benefits that come from working in the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit.

Undergraduate Students

Connor Weyell

Connor is an undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology. He has recently completed a NSERC undergraduate fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Warburton. During his undergraduate fellowship, he participated in various basic and applied research investigations. He is currently completing a directed studies in the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit.

Leah Meanwell

Leah is an undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology. She recently completed a Co-op placement under the supervision of Drs. Bredin and Warburton. She is currently completing a directed studies in the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit.

Graduate Students

Jean Burrows (Sept 2013 – Present)

Jean is completing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Bredin. Her doctoral research focuses on physical activity participation and motor skill development in children and youth. Of particular interest to her, is the effectiveness of various pedagogical methods for the promotion of both physical activity and skill development. Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Jean completed her MSc in Kinesiology at the University of Dalhousie, and a BSc (Hons) degree in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. Jean’s previous research experience includes two years with the Brain and Cognition Laboratory at the University of Victoria, a Summer Student Internship at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, and work with Stepping Up Halifax, the regional municipality’s physical activity strategy. When not researching physical activity, Jean can be found participating in activity herself, be it training for a run, hiking or surfing.

Amanda de Faye (September 2014-Present)

Amanda is a first year MSc student in Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. Her main focus is Aboriginal health and has recently taken over as the lead research assistant for SportMed BC’s HealthBeat Program. The HealthBeat program is aimed to increase awareness about health status in Aboriginals as well as find practices to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Amanda is also involved in several other Aboriginal health initiative projects, including using technology to overcome barriers to physical activity in Indigenous communities. When not working in the lab or studying, Amanda trains for the 800m track event, coaches children’s basketball and enjoys being active in the sunshine.

Andrew Jeklin (Sept 2014-Present)

Andrew is completing his MSc under the supervision of Dr. Darren Warburton. He is currently investigating the role sleep deprivation and cognitive fatigue may have on the incidence of workplace injuries during shift work. Originally from Duncan, BC, Andrew completed a Kinesiology degree from UBC. He brings with him valuable work experience in the forestry industry, spending summers tree planting and firefighting, and the construction industry, working for the City of Vancouver and City of Duncan. These experiences have allowed him to develop valuable insight and a passion in occupational health and safety research. He also has experience working as a research assistant at the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, Centre for High-Throughput Phenogenomics, and Moritz Eye Laboratory at VGH. Andrew is proud of his volunteer positions at and around UBC, which include the UBC Sleep Laboratory, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Urban Native Youth Association Mentor, and Dr. Peters AIDS Center. Outside of the laboratory, Andrew enjoys playing sports, relaxing with friends and family, and spending time on Vancouver Island.

Kai Kaufman (Sept 2015- Present)

Kai is completing a MKIN under the supervision of Dr. Warburton. She is currently examining the effectiveness of a novel health and wellness program in persons living with major mental illness.

Anne Lasinsky (Sept 2013 – Present)

Anne is completing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Bredin. Anne’s research interests lie at the intersection of policy and kinesiology, particularly as it pertains to children’s health. Originally from Pennsylvania, USA, Anne completed a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Connecticut, and a master’s degree in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where her work focused on healthy policy and obesity mitigation strategies. After spending two years working in healthcare policy in Washington, DC, Anne returned to academia to complete her PhD at UBC. As a former Certified Athletic Trainer in the NCAA and avid exercise enthusiast, Anne maintains an ongoing passion for all things physically active.

Andrew Perrotta (Sept 2013 – Present)

Andrew is completing his PhD in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is currently examining performance enhancement and recovery techniques in Canada’s national levels athletes. Originally from Fonthill Ontario Andrew completed his graduate training specializing in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary and a B.A.Sc. (Hons) degree in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph. His experience working at the Canadian Sport Institute, the University of Calgary’s athletic department and Thrive Cancer Research Centre. These experiences have allowed Andrew to develop expertise as a sport physiologist and a strength and conditioning coach. Andrew has worked with a wide population ranging from Olympic and national development athletes, professional athletes, CIS athletics, along with cancer patients. Andrew possesses a CEP, NSCA – CSCS, and a USSF – National “C” coaching certification. Andrew is currently conducting research as a lead physiologist for Field Hockey Canada’s Women’s and Men’s National Teams.

Jackie Regan (Sept 2015- Present)

Jackie is completing a MKIN under the supervision of Dr. Warburton. Jackie’s major research project will examine the relationship between accelerometry-based measures and health status in occupational groups.

Mark Rice (Sept 2013 – Present)

Mark is completing his MSc under the supervision of Dr. Bredin.  Mark’s research focus is on talent identification in young athletes.  Of particular interest is the ability to predict elite athleticism in youth hockey players.  Mark is originally from Calgary, Alberta where he attended the University of Calgary and received a BSc in Kinesiology.  Mark brings with him a high level of sport performance in various sports, as an ex-pro golfer who played on the Canadian Golf Tour, as well as a national squash team member and high level hockey player.  When not on campus, you can probably find Mark on the links or taking part in other sporting adventures.

Jade Werger (Sept 2013 – Present)

Jade is currently completing a MA under the supervision of Dr. Bredin. Jade’s long-term career goal is to become a Sports Psychologist. For her master’s thesis, Jade is focusing on research that examines the various psychological factors in decision-making capabilities of ice hockey officials. Jade was originally born in Hamilton, Ontario but moved to Maple Ridge, British Columbia shortly thereafter. She grew up in Maple Ridge until her grade eleven year when she attended Warner Hockey School in Warner, Alberta. Jade played in the Junior Women’s Hockey League for her grade 11 and 12 years. Through hockey, Jade was recruited to play at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, USA. At Castleton (2009-2013), Jade completed a BA Majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Health and a Minor in Fitness and Sports Science. In Jade’s spare time, she is an assistant coach for the Fraser Valley Phantom Midget AAA Girls Ice Hockey team. In addition, she enjoys any type of physical activity (working out, taking her dog for a walk on the dykes, hiking, and playing such sports as hockey, tennis, slo-pitch, and lacrosse), as well as spending time with friends, reading, and watching movies.

Holly Wollmann (Sept 2013 – Present)

Holly is completing a MSc under the supervision of Dr. Warburton. Holly is originally from Calgary, Alberta, and completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the UBC-Okanagan. At UBC-O, Holly played four years on the women’s varsity soccer team. She is particularly interested in effective exercise rehabilitation with breast cancer patients as they transition through chemotherapy, radiation, and post-surgery. Holly has worked as a kinesiologist / physical therapy aid, and volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Care Society, InspireHealth Cancer Facility, and Phoenix Health and Fitness for Chronic Disease. Outside of academic life, Holly is an avid sports competitor, mainly in soccer and volleyball. She is currently coaching a U15 girls team in West Vancouver. She is currently examining the effectiveness of a primary cancer prevention program in occupational settings.

Recently Graduated Students

Lauren Buschmann (Sept 2013- Sept 2015)


Lauren Buschmann completed her MSc. in Kinesiology (School of Kinesiology) under the supervision of Dr. Warburton. Lauren is originally from St. Catharines, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BSc. in Exercise and Movement Science. While at the University of Vermont, she was a four year player and two time captain of the varsity women’s basketball team. During her time at Vermont, she was a named a member of the America East Conference All- Academic Team (2013), and All- Conference Third Team(2013). Her research interests lie in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and elite athletic performance. She has NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. Her MSc examined means of optimizing training and recovery in elite and high performance athletes.

Macklin Loveland (Jan 2012-Sept 2013)

Macklin Loveland is a senior Undergraduate student in Kinesiology majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in human genomics within the Faculty of Sciences. He has three years of experience as the Head Student Athletic Therapist for the UBC Women’s Soccer team. He has great interest in sports medicine and exercise physiology within clinical populations, with particular interest in the cardiovascular system. Macklin Loveland started out volunteering in the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit during the 2012-2013 school year working with Alis Bonsignore (MSc Student). He subsequently received an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to work in the CPR & LEARN lab during the summer of 2013. He acquired extensive exercise and fitness testing experience, and pulse wave velocity and compliance data collection training. He has also played a roll in data collection and analysis for several projects within the CPR & LEARN lab. He is currently working on a systematic review with Alis Bonsignore, Dr. Bredin, and Dr. Warburton. He has gained considerable hands on experience that has enhanced his undergraduate education and developed his research tools.

Annie Zheng (May 2011-September 2013) 

Annie completed undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Science, majoring in Microbiology and Immunology. She worked as a Work-Study student at the CPR and LEARN labs beginning in the summer of her first year at UBC. Outside of her major, her interests lie in human physiology, especially the cardiovascular system. She has played a role in data collection and analysis and therefore has been exposed to various specialized devices and software for these purposes. She has gained first hand experience and knowledge she might not have otherwise, in her undergraduate studies.


Aaron Phillips (Sept. 2009 – August 2013)

Dr. Aaron Phillips completed his doctoral (PhD) training in the Experimental Medicine Program (Faculty of Medicine) at the University of British Columbia under the direct supervision of Dr. Warburton. His main area of interest included the regulation of cardiovascular function in people with spinal cord injury. He worked on several studies to assess the effect of commonly used medications on orthostatic tolerance in those with spinal cord injury, as well as brain blood flow control in refractory schizophrenia. Aaron also conducted research for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and FatDog 100 Ultramarathon. Aaron is proficient at cardiac, vascular, and cerebral ultrasonography as well as mathematical modelling of the interactions between these organs. He has received several private and public scholarships during his tenure at UBC (e.g., MITACS, NSERC, UBC Faculty of Medicine, CIHR). Aaron published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter after arriving at our laboratory (in 2009). Aaron has recently been awarded post-doctoral fellowships from NSERC, the HSFC, and the MSFHR.