Current Lab Members

Mikhaela Slavin MSc Year 2

I started in Dr. Hood’s lab in my undergrad, where I completed my independent study researching changes in protein degradation of skeletal muscle with denervation. I have recently started my MSc where I will be focusing on the role of the transcription factor ATF5 in the mitochondrial unfolded protein response following long-term and acute exercise. I am looking forward to developing my skills as a researcher in physiology under the supervision of Dr. Hood. In my spare time I like to work out, practice yoga, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Brandon Richards PhD Year 2

I completed my BScKin(Hon) and MScKin degrees at the University of New Brunswick. My MScKin thesis investigated the motor unit recruitment patterns of isotonic and isokinetic contractions. My PhD thesis is focusing on the influence that exercise has on cardiolipin, which is a phospholipid located in the inner mitochondrial membrane. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going to the gym, watching sports, and traveling.
Jonathan Memme
PhD Year 4

I started in Dr. Hood’s lab as an undergraduate researcher and have completed my BSc, and MSc theses with Dr. Hood. I am currently in the midst of my PhD studies where I am focused on characterizing transcriptional regulation of mitochondrial quality control pathways with exercise and disuse. Outside of the lab I enjoy cycling, golfing, playing/watching hockey and hanging out with my dog, Grapes.
Ashley Oliveira
PhD Year 4


I started in Dr. Hood’s lab as an undergraduate student completing an independent study on the mitochondrial unfolded protein response and exercise. My MSc thesis further explored the retrograde signaling involved in the mitochondrial unfolded protein response and the effect of disrupted mitochondrial protein import, under the supervision of Dr. Hood. My PhD studies now look at mitochondrial maintenance and turnover with a specific focus on mitophagy and key lysosomal regulators, TFEB and TFE3, and how this impacts exercise adaptations. Outside of the lab I enjoy reading and collecting comics, practicing yoga, and spending quality time with my cats.
Matthew Triolo PhD Year 4

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. My PhD studies are focused on the effects of various stimuli (aging, disuse, exercise) on the autophagy-lysosome system in skeletal muscle. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing and watching hockey and golf, listening to country music and going to as many concerts as I can.
Neushaw Moradi MSc Year 1

I started at the Hood Lab as an undergraduate Independent Study student and am grateful to continue as an M.Sc. student. Currently, I am investigating the effects of two phytochemical drugs as potential complements for mitochondrial enhancement. Outside of the lab, I enjoy working out, overindulging in food, and petting dogs.
Rita Kumari, Post Doctorate

I completed my PhD in Biomedical sciences with the focus on understanding the role neuronal nitric oxide synthase in the pathophysiology of Parkinson disease from Delhi university, India. After gaining few years of research experience as Independent Researcher at Delhi university, I decided to move to Canada with my family and got very exciting opportunity to join the esteemed lab of Dr. Hood. I am looking forward to expanding my Learning and share my research experience with my colleagues at Dr. Hood’s Lab. In my free time I love to spend time with my family by watching movies and going out for long drives.