Michaela Devries-Aboud

Associate Professor
Michaela Devries-Aboud.

Contact information

Office: BMH 1109

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 47925

Email: michaela.devries-aboud@uwaterloo.ca

Remote video URL

Research interests

Intraymyocellular lipids (IMCL) are elevated in obese individuals and this has been related to insulin resistance; however, IMCL are also elevated in athletes who are highly insulin sensitive. In my basic research program I am interested in examining whether differences in the localization of IMCL within the muscle fibre and/or co-location of IMCL with mitochondria are related to differences in insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism to better our understanding of the physiological and pathological role of IMCL. I also examine whether there are differences in these relationships between the sexes.

In my clinical research program I test the effects of exercise and nutrition strategies on muscle metabolism, insulin sensitivity and muscle mass, strength and function in pre-diabetic and older populations to help prevent the development of type II diabetes and sarcopenia.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

  • Research volunteer
  • Undergraduate thesis
  • MSc thesis
  • Coursework interns
  • PhD thesis
  • Postdoctoral fellowship

Please email me to discuss current available opportunities.

Graduate studies application details

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies

  • Skeletal muscle metabolism
  • Sex-based differences in metabolism
  • Exercise physiology
  • Human nutrition and metabolism
  • Aging and sarcopenia
  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Electron microscopy


KIN 205: Muscle Physiology in Exercise and Work


BSc Human Kinetics with a Minor in Nutrition (with Honours),  University of Guelph 

PhD Medical Sciences: Cell Biology and Metabolism, McMaster University

Postdoctoral Fellowship Kinesiology, McMaster University 

​Selected publications

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