Danilo Iannetta

Postdoctoral Scholar

Faculty of Kinesiology

PhD - Human and Exercise Physiology

University of Calgary, 2019

Research and teaching

Exercise Physiology

  • Exercise Intensity Prescription
  • Control of Blood Flow

Optimizing exercise training

The main goal of Iannetta's research is to understand the role of exercise intensity in determining physiological responses and adaptations to training.

Using different exercise protocols (steady state vs non-steady state), he investigates peripheral and central adjustments to find the best strategies to optimize exercise training and to quantify the exercise-dose in different populations. Particularly, he is interested in defining approaches to standardize the exercise intensity amongst individuals and to evaluate mechanisms that determine O2 utilization at the level of the muscle that might be responsible to determine/limit exercise (in)tolerance.  


After ending his cycling career, Iannetta became interested in learning the physiological basis of exercise performance. Thus, he decided to pursue the academic path, by first taking an undergraduate degree in Sport Sciences at the University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale (Italy) and subsequently a Master’s degree at the University of Rome “Foro Italico” (Italy) in the field of Exercise Physiology and Performance. These experiences fueled his motivation to continue in the academic world. In 2015, he landed in Canada at the University of Calgary where, four years later, he obtained a PhD degree in the field of Human and Exercise Physiology. Outside of academic commitments, Iannetta still enjoys spending time on his bike.


Iannetta D., Inglis E.C.., Mattu A.T.,… & Murias J.M., A critical evaluation of current methods for exercise prescription in women and men. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2019. Ahead of print.

Inglis E.C.. Iannetta D., Murias J.M., Evaluating the NIRS-derived microvascular O2 extraction “reserve” in groups varying in sex and training status using leg blood flow occlusions. Plos one. 14(17) e0220192

Iannetta D., Murias J.M., Keir D.A. A simple method to quantify the V̇O2 mean response time of ramp-incremental exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2019. 51:5;1080-1086

Iannetta D., Inglis E.C., Soares N.R.,… & Murias J.M. Reliability of vascular responsiveness measures derived from near-infrared spectroscopy across a variety of ischemic challenges. Microvascular Research. 2019. 122:117-124

Iannetta D., Okushima D., Inglis E.C.,… & Murias J.M. Reply to Dr. Grassi. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2018. 125:4;1356-1356

Inglis E.C. Iannetta D., Keir D.A., Murias J.M., Training-induced changes in the RCP, [HHb]BP, and MLSS: Evidence of equivalence. International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance. 2019. Ahead of print

Iannetta D., Inglis E.C., Fullerton C.,… & Murias J.M., Metabolic and performance-related consequences of exercising at and slightly above MLSS.  Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 2018. 28:12;2481-2493

 Iannetta D., Okushima D., Inglis E.C..,… & Koga S., Blood flow occlusion-related O2 extraction “reserve” is present in different muscles of the quadriceps but greater in deeper regions after ramp-incremental test. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2018. 125:2; 313-319

Ten Haaf T., Van Staveren S., Iannetta D.,…& De Koning J.J. Changes in choice reaction time during and after 8 days exhaustive cycling are not related to changes in physical performance. International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance. 2018. 13:4; 428-433

Iannetta D., Fontana F.Y., Maturana Mattioni F.,…& Murias J.M. An equation to predict the maximal lactate steady state from ramp incremental test data. Journal of Sport and Medicine in Science. 2018. 21:12; 1274-1280

Inglis E.C. Iannetta D., Murias J.M. Oxygen extraction reserve immediately after ramp incremental maximal exercise: Beyond the Deoxy-Hemoglobin breaking-point. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 2017. 313:6; R723-R729

Iannetta D., Qahtani A., Millet G.Y., Murias J.M. Quadriceps muscles O2 extraction and EMG breakpoints during a ramp incremental test. Frontiers in Physiology. 2017. 8:9; 1-9

Iannetta D., Qahtani A., Mattioni Maturana F., Murias J.M. The near-infrared spectroscopy-derived deoxygenated haemoglobin breaking-point is a repeatable measure that demarcates exercise intensity domains. Journal of Sport and Medicine in Science. 2017. 20:9; 873-877

Picerno P., Iannetta D., Comotto S.,…& Piacentini M.F. 1RM prediction: a novel methodology based on the force - velocity and load - velocity relationships. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2016. 116:10; 2035-2043


“Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship”, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

“Eyes High Doctoral Scholarship”, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary