Jonathan Smirl

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

PhD - Cerebral Blood Flow Regulation

University of British Columbia, Okanagan, 2015

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Research and teaching

Injury Prevention, Sport Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • Sport-Related Concussion
  • Cerebrovascular and Autonomic Dysregulation

Research interests

Jonathan Smirl specializes in sport-related concussions. He is a cerebrovascular and exercise physiologist, and in 2017 was the first Canadian ever elected to the International Cerebral Autoregulation Research Network (CARNet) steering committee and was re-elected to this position in 2019. His research focuses on understanding the cerebrovascular and autonomic dysregulation which occurs following a concussion and aims to use this knowledge to develop informed exercise interventions which can be used to help aid in the recovery process during both acute and prolonged symptom periods.


He completed his BSc in Biology at the University of Victoria in 2004 and spent several years working as a swim and triathlon coach throughout Victoria, BC. He re-entered academia in 2008 at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia where he completed both his MSc (2011) and PhD (2015) at UBC Okanagan focusing on cerebral blood flow regulation under the guidance of Prof. Philip Ainslie. After completing his PhD, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Concussion Research Lab at UBC working alongside Professor Paul van Donkelaar. In 2019, he joined the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary as an assistant professor.


Michael Smith Foundation in Health Research, Post-Doc Fellowship 2019-2020                   

Innovations in Wellness, Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2016-2017                                             

MITACS Accelerate Internship, 2015-2017                                                                         

Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium Travel Grant, 2017                          

UBCO Post-Doc International Travel Grant, 2016                                                                

UBCO Dean’s Thesis Fellowship, 2015                                                                              

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2015                                      

NSERC PGS-D2, 2013-2015                                                                                             

UBCO Graduate Fellowship, 2012-2015                                                                             

Physiological Society International Travel Grant, 2011, 2015                                               

UBCO Ph.D. International Travel Grant, 2013, 2015                                                            

Special UBCO Award PhD Fellowship, 2012                                                                       

UBCO Ph.D. Tuition Award, 2011-2012                                                                              

UBCO Graduate Entrance Scholarship, 2011                                                                      

UBCO TREK Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship, 2009