Ph.D., Kinesiology (University of British Columbia)
M.Sc., Sports Science and Information Systems (Staffordshire University, UK)
B.Sc., Kinesiology (University of British Columbia)
Former Douglas College Faculty (2014-2020).
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.
Besides, 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 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.
Recent Citations for Luisa Giles
- The effect of low and high-intensity cycling in diesel exhaust on flow-mediated dilation, circulating NOx, endothelin-1 and blood pressure
- The physiology of rock climbing
- A review of the experimental evidence on the toxicokinetics of carbon monoxide: the potential role of pathophysiology among susceptible groups
- The health effects of exercising in air pollution
- The pulmonary and autonomic effects of high-intensity and low-intensity exercise in diesel exhaust
- Estimating minute ventilation and air pollution inhaled dose using heart rate, breath frequency, age, sex and forced vital capacity: A pooled-data analysis
- The effects of exercise in hypoxic and normoxic conditions on endothelin-1 and arterial compliance
- Four days of blueberry powder supplementation lowers the blood lactate response to running but has no effect on time-trial
- Physiological responses to diesel exhaust exposure are modified by cycling intensity
- Physiology of climbing
- The effect of pre-exercise diesel exhaust exposure on cycling performance and cardio-respiratory variables
- Air pollution and cyclists
- The effects of lower body positive and negative pressure on the hypoxic ventilatory decline
- Effects of low-intensity and high-intensity cycling with diesel exhaust exposure on soluble P-selectin, E-selectin, I-CAM-1, VCAM-1 and complete blood count
- From good Intentions to proven interventions: Effectiveness of actions to reduce the health impacts of air pollution
- Performance of a compact end-tidal forcing system