Jenna Gillen

Jenna Gillen, Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology

  • Assistant Professor, Exercise Physiology
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Jenna

Academic Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan
PhD, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University
BSc Kinesiology, McMaster University

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

  • Carbohydrate and fat metabolism
  • Exercise-induced improvements in metabolic health
  • Sex-based differences in exercise metabolism
  • High-intensity interval training
  • Nutritional manipulation of exercise adaptation
  • Watch video of Jenna Gillen discussing her research alongside Associate Professor Daniel Moore of KPE
Selected Publications

Tan, R.B., Nederveen, J., Gillen, J.B., Joanisse, S., Parise, G., Tarnopolsky, M.A., Gibala, M.J. (2018) Skeletal muscle fibre-type specific changes in markers of capillary and mitochondrial content after low-volume interval training in overweight women. Physiol Rep, 6(5): e13597.

Francois, M.E., Gillen, J.B., Little, J.P. (2017) Carbohydrate-Restriction with High-Intensity Interval Training: An Optimal Combination for Treating Metabolic Diseases? Front Nutr. 4:49. Doi:10.3389/fnut.2017.00049

Skelly, L.E., Gillen, J.B., MacInnis, M.J., Martin, B.J., Safdar, A., Akhtar, M., MacDonald, M.J., Tarnopolsky, M.A., Gibala, M.J. (2017) Effect of sex on the acute skeletal muscle response to sprint interval exercise. Exp Physiol. 102(3): 354-365.

Gillen, J.B., Martin, B.J., MacInnis, M.J., Skelly, L.E., Tarnopolsky, M.A., Gibala, M.J. (2016) Twelve weeks of sprint interval training improves cardiometabolic health similar to traditional endurance training despite a five-fold lower exercise volume. PLoS One. 11(4): e0154075.

Gibala, M.J., Gillen, J.B., Percival, M.E. (2014) Physiological and health-related adaptations to low-volume interval training: influences of nutrition and sex. Sports Med. 44(S2):1 27-37.

Kuehnbaum, N.L., Gillen, J.B., Gibala, M.J., Britz-McKibbin, P. (2014) Personalized metabolomics for predicting glucose tolerance changes in sedentary women after high-intensity interval training. Sci Rep. 4: 6166.

Gillen, J.B., Percival, M.E., Ludzki, A., Tarnopolsky, M.A., Gibala, M.J. (2013) Interval training in the fed or fasted state improves body composition and muscle oxidative capacity in overweight women. Obesity. 21: 2249-2255.

Gillen, J.B., Little, J.P., Punthakee, Z., Tarnopolsky, M.A., Riddell, M.C., Gibala, M.J. (2012) Acute high-intensity interval exercise reduces the postprandial glucose response and prevalence of hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Obes Metab. 14: 575-577.

Professional Memberships

Canadian Obesity Network
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
American College of Sports Medicine