Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Faculties > Science and Technology > Sport Science > Faculty > Luisa Giles
Department: Sport Science
Faculty: Science and Technology
Office #: N1337
Office Phone: 604 527 5040
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of British Columbia (2014)
B.Sc., Kinesiology, University of British Columbia (2007)
M.Sc., Sports Science and Information Systems, Staffordshire University, UK (2003)
Luisa has a strong theoretical foundation in human health, physiology and exercise physiology, as well as a strong interest in active learning. At Douglas College, Luisa uses this foundation in a student-centered classroom for classes that include exercise physiology, nutrition and conditioning. By providing a learner-centered environment Luisa aims to develop her students’ autonomy, to encourage them to be invested in their learning, to develop their ability to think critically and to apply what they have learned.
Luisa has been a faculty member in the Department of Sport Science at Douglas College since Sept 2014. Prior to this Luisa taught undergraduate and graduate courses as contract faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Douglas College. Throughout her graduate degrees Luisa also worked as a teaching assistant at UBC in the Kinesiology department.
Luisa earned her doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia where her research focused on the interactions of exercise and the environment, on cardio-respiratory health/physiology. Specifically, Luisa focused on the health effects of exercising in air pollution where she gained and a wealth of experience working with healthy populations, elite athletes, and clinical populations.
Luisa was formerly a research coordinator in the Lab for Environmental and Exercise Physiology at SFU where she performed research in hot and cold conditions as well as hypo- and hyperbaric environments. Luisa, also formerly worked as a sport scientist with the Canadian BMX team and a knowledge translation scientist at the National Collaborating Center for Environmental Health.
Currently, Luisa is collaborating with colleagues from the University of British Columbia, the University of the Fraser Valley, the University of Sao Paulo and the University of Washington on research related to the health effects of air pollution, as well as the ergogenic effects of dietary supplementation on exercise performance.
Currently, Luisa is a member of the Robert Caton and David Bates air quality and heath scholarship committee and actively serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of academic journals. Luisa has served as a scientific advisor to the Clean Air Champions, and as a director for the BC Environmental and Occupations Health Research Network and the AllerGen Students and New Professionals Network. Luisa was formally a member of the technical committee for the for the Canadian Standards Agency on Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarming Devices, and the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Indoor Air Quality and Health group.
At Douglas College, Luisa is part of the research and scholarly fund committee, the Science and Technology professional development day committee, the Open Douglas working group and the grade appeals committee. In the Sport Science department, Luisa is part of the hiring selection committee, the scholarship committee and the post probationary evaluation committee. Formerly, Luisa served on the research coordinator selection committee.
Competitive Grants Obtained as a Co-Investigator
Selected Scholarships and Awards
Selected Refereed Publications