Dr. William Sheel

Dr. Bill Sheel headshot


B.P.E. (University of New Brunswick), M.Sc. [Human Kinetics] (University of British Columbia), Ph.D. [Human Kinetics] (University of British Columbia), Post-Doctoral Fellowship (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

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Dr. Sheel focuses his research on exercise science. He studies exercise physiology, athletic performance, and respiratory and cardiovascular physiology. The main theme of his research is that the respiratory and cardiovascular systems are inextricably linked and have influences each other’s function. Through his research, Dr. Sheel hopes to understand the physiological basis and importance of cardio-respiratory interactions in different conditions, such as exercise and disease. Dr. Sheel also examines the therapeutic potential of exercise. Dr. Sheel is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. He is an Investigator at ICORD. Dr. Sheel completed his B.P.E. at the University of New Brunswick. He moved to the University of British Columbia to complete both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in human kinetics. His Post-Doctoral Fellowship was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Some of Dr. Sheel’s recent major awards and accomplishments include:

  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine (2015)
  • CIHR New Investigator Award (2004-2010)
  • Scholar Award (MSCFHR, 2005-2010)

Current Lab Members

M.Sc. Students Ph.D. Students
Carli Peters Joseph Welch
Josh Bovard Bill Henderson
Yanick Molgat-Seon
Paolo Dominelli
Kathryn Duff

Current Opportunities in the Lab

Please contact Dr. Sheel with inquiries.

Recent publications

  • Molgat-Seon, Y et al.. 2017. Lung volume recruitment acutely increases respiratory system compliance in individuals with severe respiratory muscle weakness.. ERJ Open Res. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00135-2016.
  • Curtelin, D et al.. 2017. Cerebral blood flow, frontal lobe oxygenation and intra-arterial blood pressure during sprint exercise in normoxia and severe acute hypoxia in humans.. J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab. doi: 10.1177/0271678X17691986.
  • Henderson, WR et al.. 2016. Functional respiratory imaging, regional strain, and expiratory time constants at three levels of positive end expiratory pressure in an ex vivo pig model.. Physiol Rep. doi: 10.14814/phy2.13059.
  • McKay, JA et al.. 2016. The effect of consistent practice of yogic breathing exercises on the human cardiorespiratory system.. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2016.07.005.
  • Reid, WD, Sheel, AW, Shadgan, B, Garland, SJ, Road, JD. Recruitment and Deoxygenation of Selected Respiratory and Skeletal Muscles During Incremental Loading in Stable COPD Patients.. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000185.
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