Professor, Chair



Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room 210
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 23591
E-mail: gibalam@mcmaster.ca
Website: Exercise Metabolism Research Group 











My research examines the regulation of skeletal muscle energy provision. I am particularly interested in the potential for exercise and/or nutrition to induce metabolic adaptations at the molecular and cellular levels in humans. In addition to basic, mechanistic studies, I also conduct applied research that examines the impact of exercise training and dietary manipulation on sport performance. Recent work in my laboratory has focused on two main areas:

(1) Metabolic adaptations to low-volume, high-intensity interval training, with an emphasis on the regulation of oxidative energy provision.

(2) The potential for alterations in nutrient availability to impact the acute or chronic adaptations to exercise training.



Names of trainees are underlined.

Percival ME, Martin BJ, Gillen JB, Skelly LE, MacInnis MJ, Green AE, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Sodium bicarbonate ingestion augments the increase in PGC-1α mRNA expression during recovery from intense interval exercise in human skeletal muscle. J Appl Physiol 119:1303-12, 2015. [PMID: PMID: 26384407]

Cochran AJC, Myslik F, MacInnis MJ, Percival ME, Bishop D, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Manipulating carbohydrate availability between twice-daily sessions of high-intensity interval training over two weeks improves time-trial performance. Int J Sports Nutr Exerc Metab. 25:463-470, 2015. [PMID: 25811132]

Gibala MJ, Gagnon P, Nindl BC. Military applicability of interval training for health and performance. J Strength Cond Res 29: S40-45, 2015. [PMID: 26506197]

Kuehnbaum NL, Gillen JB, Kormendi A, Lam KP, DiBattista A, Gibala MJ, Britz-McKibbin P. Multiplexed separations for biomarker discovery in metabolomics: Elucidating adaptive responses to exercise training. Electrophoresis. 36:2226–2236, 2015. [PMID: 25630301]

Joanisse S, McKay BR, Nederveen JP, Scribbans TD, Gurd BJ, Gillen JB, Gibala MJ, Tarnopolsky MA, Parise G. Satellite cell activity, without expansion, following non-hypertrophic stimuli. Am J Physiol Reg Integr Comp Physiol. 309:R1101-R1111, 2015. [PMID: 26333785]

Gibala MJ, Gillen JB, Percival ME. Physiological and health-related adaptations to low-volume interval training and the potential influence of sex and nutrition. Sports Med. 44: S127-S137, 2014. [PMID: 25355187]

Gillen JB, Percival ME, Skelly LE, Martin BJ, Tan RB, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Three minutes of all-out intermittent exercise per week increases skeletal muscle oxidative capacity and improves markers of health in overweight adults. PLOS ONE. Nov 3;9(11):e111489, 2014. [PMID: 25365337]

Gillen JB, Gibala MJ. Is high-intensity interval training a time-efficient exercise strategy to improve health and fitness? Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 39:409-12, 2014. [PMID: 24552392]

Cochran AJR, Percival ME, Tricarico S, Little JP, Cermak N, Gillen JB, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Intermittent and continuous high‐intensity exercise training induce similar acute but different chronic muscle adaptations. Exp Physiol. 99:782-791, 2014. [PMID: 24532598]

Martin BJ, Tan RB, Gillen JB, Percival MA, Gibala MJ. No effect of short-term green tea extract supplementation on metabolism at rest or during exercise in the fed-state. Int J Sports Nutr Exerc Metab. 24: 656-664, 2014. [PMID: 24903465]

Skelly LE, Andrews PC, Gillen JB, Martin BJ, Percival ME, Gibala MJ. High intensity interval exercise induces 24 hour energy expenditure similar to traditional endurance exercise despite reduced time commitment. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 39:845-858, 2014. [PMID: 24773393]




Degree Specialty University Year
PhD Skeletal Muscle Metabolism University of Guelph 1997
MSc Skeletal Muscle Physiology McMaster University 1994
BA Human Kinetics University of Windsor 1991

Grad Students

Grad Students

Degree Name    
 MSc  Mary Allison  
   Beth Godkin  
 PhD Brian Martin  
  Lauren Skelly  




Kinesiol 4C03 - Integrative Physiology of Human Performance

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