Meet The Team


Eli Puterman, PhD.

Eli is a Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Physical Activity and Health and a Michael Smith Scholar for Health Research. His research seeks to understand the interplay among stress, aging, and exercise. Eli is currently developing new intervention trials and laboratory based studies to disentangle the extent to which both acute and long-term exercise can strengthen both psychological and biological stress responses and immune function in children and adults alike. When Eli is not at work,he tries to reduce stress with home renovations, hikes in the area, canoeing in False Creek and walks on the seawall with his family. 



Guy Faulkner PhD

Guy Faulkner is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health. His research focuses on two inter-related themes: the development and evaluation of physical activity interventions; and physical activity and mental health. In his spare time he likes to watch football, and go hiking or biking with his kids.



Anne Lasinsky PhD


Anne is a postdoctoral fellow, whose work has focused on the health of children and adolescents. She is interested in creating opportunities for kids to have a happy, healthy, and active childhood. Anne hikes as many trails in the Lower Mainland as possible. She loves watching and playing most sports and being outdoors as much as possible.



Sarah Koch PhD

Sarah is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Kinesiology investigating the effects of physical activity on health. In her free time, she coaches FUNdamentals, a Special Olympics program for 6 -12 year-old children that focuses on fundamental movement skills. Sarah also enjoys being in the outdoors and hiking, kayaking or skiing. 


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Renée  Reimer

Renée is currently working on her Masters degree in Dr. Puterman's lab and is looking forward to being a part of the OMiCS project! She will be focusing her research on cortisol, and how physical activity levels interact with stress in the body, as well as other biomarkers including telomeres. When she's not in the lab, you will probably find her doing yoga, hiking around BC, or walking any dog she's allowed to borrow.



Arbind Bhangu BKIN

Arbind is a Kinesiology graduate at UBC Vancouver. He volunteers as a research assistant in the FAST Lab and works at the Birdcoop Fitness Centre as a personal trainer. With over three years as a day camp leader and some coaching experience, Arbind is experienced in working with children. In his spare time, Arbind enjoys playing many sports, including ball hockey, yoga, exploring local trails and taking photos along the way.



David Wennersbusch 

David recently graduated with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology from UBC. He volunteers in the FAST lab as a research assistant and will helping with various aspects of the OMiCS project. David has several years of experience working with kids in numerous settings such as summer camps, after school programs and organized sports. Outside of the lab, David is an avid sports fan whether it be watching or playing.



Andrea Wong

Andrea is a fourth year student studying Kinesiology at UBC. She has been working with children for over five
years and is extremely excited to volunteer with the FAST Lab and the OMiCS project. In her spare time,
Andrea also enjoys playing various instruments, making paper crafts, and tap dancing.


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Faith Park

Faith is a second year Kinesiology student at UBC. She is very excited to be a volunteer for the OMiCS project,
and hopes to continue her experience with providing healthcare in the future! With her free time, she enjoys
spending time outdoors, usually going on hikes or runs with her dog.



Manpreet Nijjar

Manpreet is a 5th year Kinesiology student at UBC, Vancouver. She loves working with children as she's had experience through swim instructing, volunteering at camps, as well as some coaching. In her spare time you find her staying active in the gym, swimming, and exploring beautiful British Columbia.



Melanie Mayede

Melanie is a Kinesiology graduate. She volunteers as a research assistant and is completing a Directed Studies project in the FAST Lab. Melanie has found a passion for health and well-being promotion in children and youth through her experiences as a coach for the Canucks Autism Network and volunteer at the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Beyond school, work, and the lab, she loves to play sports, hike, run, and travel!



Shaireen Cassamali

Shaireen is a 3rd year BKin student at UBC. She is excited to be involved with OMiCS as her very first
exposure to academic research. Shaireen has several years of experience interacting with children as a netball and basketball coach, and a girl guide leader. In her spare time, she loves to shoot hoops, partake in creating lengthy (but hilarious) snapchat stories and drink coffee.