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Luisa Giles

Luisa Giles 2016

Position: Instructor
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 UBC, the University of the Fraser Valley and Georgia State University on research related to the health effects of air pollution, as well as the ergogenic effects of dietary supplementation on exercise performance.



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. Luisa has also served as a peer reviewer for a number of academic journals including: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Sports Sciences, Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, Wilderness Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Social Science and Medicine, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Biomedical and Environmental Health and Environmental Research.


At Douglas College, Luisa is part of the research coordinator selection committee, the research and scholarly fund committee, the Science and Technology professional development day committee and the Open Douglas working group. In the Sport Science department, Luisa is part of the scholarship committee, the post probationary evaluation committee and the faculty and staff engagement committee.


Competitive Grants Obtained as a Co-Investigator

  • US Highbush Blueberry Council  (2016)
    • The influence acute blueberry supplementation on physiological, performance, and recovery responses to exercise at sea-level and simulated altitude
    • Primary Investigator: Dr. Brandenburg, Co-Investigator: Dr. Gaetz             
  • Health Canada (2011)
    • The interaction of exercise intensity and air pollution on cardio-respiratory function
  • BC Clean Air Research Fund (2008)
    • Systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, and exercise in polluted environments: Recommended strategies for exercising in urban pollution.
  • Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (2008)
    • Systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, and exercise in polluted environments: Recommended strategies for exercising in urban pollution.
  • BC Environmental and Occupational Health Research Network (2008)
    • Lower body negative pressure and hypoxic ventilatory drive
  • BC Network of Aging Research  (2008)
    • Effects of aging on thermoregulation and chemosensitivity          
  • Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine  (2006)
    • Endothelin-1 and Oxygen Saturation During Exercise in Nomoxia and Hypoxia.    

Selected Scholarships and Awards

  • Research and Scholarly Activity Travel Fund (2014, Douglas College)
  • CIHR Young Investigator Forum Travel Award (2014, Canadian Institute of Health Research
  • University Graduate Fellowship (2009-2012, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Graduate Studies)
  • Dean of Education Scholarship (2011, University of British Columbia)
  • Ann and William Messenger Graduate Fellowship (2011, University of British Columbia)
  • Graduate Student Research Grant (2011, University of British Columbia)
  • Robert Caton Scholarship for Air Quality Research ( 2009, Ministry of Environment)
  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship (2005-2009, Canadian Bureau of International Education)


Presentation Awards

  • Best Poster (2014, Regional Heart and Lung Festival. Vancouver, Canada)
  • Finalist: Graduate Student Oral Presentations (2013, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Toronto, Canada)
  • Best Poster (2012, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association of Canada. Vancouver, Canada)
  • Best Cardiovascular Clinical Poster (2011, Regional Heart and Lung Festival. Vancouver, Canada)
  • Best “Gene-Environment Interactions” Poster (2011, AllerGen Annual Conference. Vancouver, Canada)




Selected Refereed Publications

  • Giles, LV. Carlsten, C. and Koehle, MS. The pulmonary and autonomic effects of high-intensity and low-intensity exercise in diesel exhaust. Environmental Health 2018; 17(1): 87. DOI: 10.1186/s12940-018-0434-
  • Giles, LV. Tebbutt, SJ. Carlsten, C. and Koehle, MS. The effect of low and high-intensity cycling in diesel exhaust on flow-mediated dilation, circulating NOx, endothelin-1 and blood pressure. Plos One 2018; 13 (2): e0192419
  • Barn, P. Giles, LV. Heroux, ME. Kosatsky, T. Carbon monoxide exposure among susceptible persons: The impact of pathophysiology in persons with cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, anemia, and older persons. Accepted to Environmental Health 2018; 17:13. DOI: 10.1186/s12940-018-0357-2
  • Giles, LV. Brandenburg, JP. Carlsten, C. and Koehle, MS. Air pollution affects the respiratory and metabolic responses to low- but not high-intensity exercise. Medicine Science Sports and Exercise 2014; Oct 46(20): 1999-2006
  • Giles, LV. Koehle, MS. The Health Effects of Exercising in Air Pollution. Sports Medicine 2013; Feb 44(2): 223-49
  • Giles, LV. Carlsten, C. and Koehle, MS. The Effect of Pre-exposure to Diluted Diesel Exhaust on 20km Cycling Time Trial Performance and Cardio-respiratory Variables. Inhalation Toxicology 2012; 24 (12) 783-789.
  • Giles, LV. Warburton, DER. Esch, BT. Fedoruk, MN. Rupert, JL. Taunton, JE.  The effects of hypoxic and normoxic conditions on endothelin-1 and arterial compliance. Journal of Sports Science 2012; 30 (3): 261-7.


Book Chapters

  • Giles, LV. and Brandenburg, JP. Physiology of Climbing, In: The Science of and Climbing and Mountaineering, Routledge, p19-47, 2016
  • Giles, LV. and Koehle, MS. Air pollution and cyclists. Prepared for Human Kinetics for a book entitled Cycling Science that is edited by Dr. Mikel Zabala and Dr. Stephen Cheung.


Government Reports

  • Luisa Giles and Prabjit Barn, Feb 2012. Prepared for Health Canada: Concentration-Duration Response Functions for the Effects of Carbon Monoxide Exposure on Vulnerable Populations