Martin Gibala
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Professor; Faculty Of Science Research Chair
Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E209
905 525 9140 ext. 23591

My research examines the integrative physiology of exercise at the molecular to whole body level in both healthy individuals and people with chronic diseases. In addition to basic, mechanistic studies on the regulation of skeletal muscle energy provision, my laboratory conducts applied research that examines the impact of physical training and dietary manipulation on human health and performance. Our recent work has largely focused on the physiological adaptations to intermittent exercise (interval training) and the associated health impacts. I am also interested in science communication and coauthored a bestselling book on the science of time-efficient exercise, The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Exercise Physiology; Skeletal Muscle; Metabolism; Training Responses; Nutrition


Course Code
  Course Name
KINESIOL 4C03   Integrative Physiology of Human Performance

Names of trainees are underlined.

Gibala MJ, Little JP. Physiological basis of brief vigorous exercise to improve health. J Physiol. 598: 61-69, 2020.

Gibala MJ, Bostad B, McCarthy DG. Physiological adaptations to interval training to promote endurance. Curr Opin Physiol 10:180-184, 2019.

Jenkins EM, Nairn L, Skelly L, Little JP, Gibala MJ. Do stair climbing exercise “snacks” improve cardiorespiratory fitness? Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 44:681-684, 2019.

MacInnis MJ, Skelly LE, Godkin FE, Martin BJ, Tripp TR, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. The effect of short-term, high-intensity exercise training on human skeletal muscle citrate synthase maximal activity: single versus multiple bouts per session. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 44: 1391-1394, 2019.

Godkin FE, Jenkins EM, Little JP, Nazarali Z, Percival ME, Gibala MJ. The effect of brief intermittent stair climbing on glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes: A pilot study. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 43:969-972, 2018.

Gibala MJ, Hawley JA. Sprinting toward fitness. Cell Metab 25:988-990, 2017. PMID: 28467942

MacInnis MJ, Gibala MJ. Physiological adaptations to interval training and the role of exercise intensity. J Physiol 595:2915-2930, 2017.

MacInnis MJ, Zacharewicz E, Martin BJ, Haikalis ME, Skelly LE, Tarnopolsky MA, Murphy RM, Gibala MJ. Superior mitochondrial adaptations in human skeletal muscle after interval compared to continuous single-leg cycling matched for total work. J Physiol. 595:2955-2968, 2017.

Allison MABaglole JHMartin BJMacInnis MJ, Gurd BJ, Gibala MJ. Brief intense stair climbing improves cardiorespiratory fitness. Med Sci Sports Exerc 49: 298-307, 2017.

Gillen JB, Martin BJ, MacInnis MJ, Skelly LE, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Twelve weeks of sprint interval training improves indices of cardiometabolic health similar to traditional endurance training despite a five-fold lower exercise volume and time commitment. PLOS ONE Apr 26;11(4):e0154075, 2016.


Degree Specialty University Year
PhD Skeletal Muscle Metabolism University of Guelph 1997
MSc Skeletal Muscle Physiology McMaster University 1994
BHK Human Kinetics University of Windsor 1991
Degree Name
PhD William BOSTAD
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