Martin J. Gibala Ph.D.
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:
- Metabolic adaptations to low-volume, high-intensity interval training, with an emphasis on the regulation of oxidative energy provision.
- The potential for alterations in nutrient availability to impact the acute or chronic adaptations to exercise training.
Working within the PACE facilities, we plan to conduct larger-scale, randomized controlled trials in order to comprehensively examine the physiological and health-related benefits of low-volume HIT versus traditional high-volume endurance training. We are interested in the potential for high-intensity interval training (HIT) to improve health-related indices in various populations including those at risk for chronic diseases. Preliminary work from small proof-of-principle studies suggests that HIT is a time-efficient strategy to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels in people at risk for, or afflicted by, type 2 diabetes.