Dr. Thomas Hawke

Faculty: Pathology and Molecular Medicine- McMaster University

Title: Associate Professor

CSEP member: since 2004








What do you wish you had known when you were in graduate school?

Be patient and work thoughtfully. Get more collaborations going! Science is not a one-man show!

What information/ advice did you learn in graduate school that has been most influential?

Don't worry about everyone else. Being jealous of others accomplishments is distracting and unproductive. Set your sights and work towards them. Worrying what other people are doing could cause you to lose focus on what you want to achieve or how you planned to get there.

Where do you think exercise physiology graduates are most needed?

Everywhere- Exercise is the pill that restores health. Understanding how the body responds to exercise provides huge therapeutic insight- whether it be working in rehab, a gym, a lab, big pharma, or a little startup- you have a background of knowledge many do not.

Where do you see your overall area of research headed in the next 5 years?

With our collaborators, my grad students and I will be laying the ground work for new evidence-based physical activity guidelines for those with T1DM.

Outside of your own interests, what areas of exercise science/physiology do you find most exciting right now?

Exosome biology- how cells communicate by vesicles is fascinating.

Why is being a CSEP Academic Member important to you? 

Translating our basic sciences to practice is important to me.


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