Current Lab Members

Kaitlyn Beyfuss
MSc Year 2


I graduated from McMaster University with an H.BSc. degree in 2014 and took a year off to explore my research interests by working at Sunnybrook Hospital in surgical oncology. With this new interest, I am very excited to begin my Masters work in Dr. Hood’s lab in understanding the role of p53 in exercising mouse models. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, cycling, playing sports and spending time with my family and friends.
heatherHeather Carter
PhD Year 5


My PhD work focusses on the regulatory processes governing mitochondrial content and/or function after acute and chronic exercise in aging skeletal muscle. More specifically, my first theme examines the gene transcription of PGC-1α, an integral regulator of mitochondria, after acute exercise in young and aged muscle. My second theme explores the turnover of mitochondria through the specialized process of mitophagy and how this process may be affected by adaptation to chronic exercise. In my leisure time I enjoy yoga, reading, comedy shows and cuddling with my three adorable kittens.
Chris Chen
PhD Year 4


I am currently investigating processes regulating mitochondrial turnover in the context of exercise and aging. I previously completed my M.Sc. degree on animal energetics and metabolism at the University of Toronto. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, cycling, jogging and playing on my violin.
Nemanja Dovijarski
MSc Year 1


I graduated from York with a Specialized Honours BSc in Kinesiology and Health Science. I was a volunteer in a stroke research study at Rumsey Cardiac Rehabilitation clinic headed by Dr. Susan Marzolini. I am eager to begin my MSc. with Dr. Hood, and I look forward to contributing to advance scientific knowledge. Outside the lab, I am an avid sports fan, both watching and playing many sports, with basketball being my favourite.
Dr. Yuho Kim
Post-doctoral Fellow


I recently earned my PhD degree in exercise science from Syracuse University in New York. I am glad to do my postdoctoral training in Dr. Hood lab where I am approaching to study lysosomal and mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family; cooking, walking/jogging, reading books, and watching movies.
Ashley Oliveira
MSc Year 2


I recently graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours B.Sc in Kinesiology and Health Science. I look forward to starting my M.Sc. in Dr. Hood’s lab. In my free time I enjoy running, trying new foods and spending quality time with my cats.
Dr. Yuki Tamura
Post-doctoral Fellow
Matthew Triolo
PhD Year 1


I graduated from York University with an Honors B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Health Science and Biology. My M.Sc. work investigated the early immediate response of proliferating myoblasts to one bout of electrical stimulation. I am excited to begin my PhD in Dr. Hood’s lab, and I am look forward to what is to come. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing and watching hockey, baseball and golf, as well as listening to country music.