Andrew D'souza, BSC


Andrew D'Souza is a first-year masters student at the University of Ottawa. He completed his BSc in Human Kinetics and is now completing his MSc at The Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU) under the supervision of Dr. Glen Kenny. During his undergraduate degree, Andrew placed on the Dean’s Honours list and was awarded with the Academic All-Canadian award for outstanding academic achievement while being a student-athlete. Recently, upon the beginning of his graduate studies, Andrew was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II graduate scholarship in Science & Technology. Andrew completed his undergraduate honours research project under the supervision of Dr. Kenny which assessed the physiological strain incurred by electrical utilities workers over consecutive work shifts in hot environments. His research interests include the effects of heat acclimation and hydration state on heat dissipation, defining heat exposure limits for an aging workforce, post-exercise hemodynamics and thermoregulation, and understanding the mechanisms governing the human heat loss responses. Prior to beginning his Masters degree, Andrew was the top-ranked badminton player in Canada and competed in the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada where he won a silver medal in the men’s singles event. Outside of the laboratory, Andrew spends his time coaching badminton at a recreational and competitive level, and is also a member of the Human Kinetics Graduate Student Council at the University of Ottawa. 

Contact Andrew at:

613-562-5800 ext. 1899

Caroline Mutheu Muia, BSC


Caroline Mutheu Muia is a first-year student in the Masters of Human Kinetics program, with a specialization in Physiology. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in Health Sciences. During her undergraduate degree, she received the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Award (UROP). Her master's thesis

will be examine the effect of two modulators, nitric oxide and cyclooxygenase, on different ethnic populations groups, mainly African-American and Caucasian population groups during exercise in the heat.

Contact Caroline at:

613-562-5800 ext. 1899

Maura "Molly'' Rutherford, BSC


Molly is a first-year master’s student at the University of Ottawa. Graduating in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Molly completed her honours thesis on the effects of caffeine and menstrual phase on performance in female athletes during heat stress. During her undergraduate research, Molly was funded through the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation