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

Schleh, M. W., Pitchford, L. M., Gillen, J. B., & Horowitz, J. F. (2020). Energy Deficit Required for Exercise-induced Improvements in Glycemia the Next Day. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 52(4), 976–982.

Gillen, J. B., Estafanos, S., Williamson, E., Hodson, N., Malowany, J. M., Kumbhare, D. A., & Moore, D. R. (In Press) Interrupting prolonged sitting with repeated chair stands or short walks reduces postprandial insulinemia in healthy adults. Journal of Applied Physiology.

Gillen, J.B., West, D.W.D., Williamson, E.P., Fung, H.J.W., Moore, D.R. (2020) Low-Carbohydrate Training Increases Protein Requirements of Endurance Athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,51(11): 2294-2301. 

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.

Gillen, J. B., & Gibala, M. J. (2018). Interval training: a time-efficient exercise strategy to improve cardiometabolic health. Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism = Physiologie appliquee, nutrition et metabolisme, 43(10), iii–iv.

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. 

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 Indices of Cardiometabolic Health Similar to Traditional Endurance Training despite a Five-Fold Lower Exercise Volume and Time Commitment. PloS one, 11(4), e0154075.


Professional Memberships

Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

American College of Sports Medicine