Liisa Wainman

PhD Student


Dr. Chris West

Current Program

President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award, Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF).


Liisa completed her and MSc at Brock University where she competed in freestyle wrestling, representing Canada at the Pan American and World Championships. Outside of her academic pursuits Liisa enjoys running with her dog Pink, yoga, cross-country skiing and coaching the Central Okanagan wrestling team.

Current Research

Liisa’s research interests include exercise and therapeutics for autonomic function in neurological disease. Her doctoral work aims to characterize the effects of acute intermittent hypoxia exposure on cardiovascular function in high-thoracic and cervical spinal cord injury.