Dr. William Sheel

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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

  • Ramsook, AH et al.. 2023. Voluntary activation of the diaphragm after inspiratory pressure threshold loading.. Physiol Rep. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15575.
  • Reinhard, PA et al.. 2023. Effects of hypoxia on exercise-induced diaphragm fatigue in healthy males and females.. Physiol Rep. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15589.
  • Shafer, BM et al.. 2023. Acute hypoxia elicits lasting reductions in the sympathetic action potential transduction of arterial blood pressure in males.. J Physiol. doi: 10.1113/JP283979.
  • Leahy, MG et al.. 2023. Effects of sex and ageing on the human respiratory muscle metaboreflex.. J Physiol. doi: 10.1113/JP283838.
  • Gerson, EAM et al.. 2023. The effect of proportional assist ventilation on the electrical activity of the human diaphragm during exercise.. Exp Physiol. doi: 10.1113/EP090808.
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