Sr. Instructor

War Memorial Gymnasium Room 35
6081 University Boulevard
University of Guelph, 2000, B.Sc., BioMedical Sciences
University of Alberta, 2002, Ph.D., Physical Education and Recreation
University of British Columbia, 2008, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Blood Doping – School of Human Kinetics
Courses Taught
KIN 103 Active Health

Role of physical activity in the maintenance of a healthy life. Application of basic physical fitness and exercise methods, exercise techniques and fitness appraisal.

KIN 275 Exercise Physiology I

Acute and chronic effects of exercise on body systems; basic concepts of cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular responses to physical activity.

KIN 462 Skeletal Muscle Physiology: From Generation to Regeneration

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of muscle adaptability to physical activity: muscle development, signaling cascades of hypertrophy and atrophy, and satellite cell contribution to muscle regeneration/repair; etiology of intramuscular fatigue.

KIN 585 Coaching Sciences I

The application of research findings from exercise physiology, human growth and motor development, biomechanics and sport medicine, to the coaching of athletes.

Research Interests


Adaptive responses to endurance training and creatine feeding (Phd Dissertation)


Teaching and Supervision

As a Sr. Instructor in the School of Kinesiology, I teach undergraduate and graduate students in the area of exercise physiology, human health and sport performance.

As a trained coach and retired national team athlete (rugby and bobsleigh), I am able to supplement my teaching and can interest the students further with real-life examples and cases encountered in the world of sports science. My current role as the Head Coach of the Women’s Varsity Rugby Team compliments my duties as the primary advisor of the Master in Kinesiology (coaching stream) and the new Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership.

I am very committed to the highest pedagogic standards and I am dedicated to achieving outstanding distinction in areas of instruction and service. My current position is very rewarding and I enjoy the day-to-day interaction with undergraduate and graduate students and providing them with inspiration for further learning.


Charles T Putman, Maria Gallo, Karen JB Martins, Ian M. MacLean, Michelle J. Jendral, Tessa Gordon, Daniel G. Syrotuik, Walter T Dixon. Creatine Loading Elevates the Intracellular Phosphorylation Potential and Alters Adaptive Responses of Rat Fast-Twitch Muscle to Chronic Low-Frequency Stimulation. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Published on the web 13 February 2015, 10.1139/apnm-2014-0300
Maria Gallo, Tessa Gordon, Neil Tyreman, Yang Shu and Charles T. Putman.  Reliability of Isolated Isometric Function Measures in Rat Muscles Composed of Different Fibre Types. Experimental Physiology. 89(5): 583-592, 2004.

Maria Gallo, Tessa Gordon, Daniel Syrotuik, Yang Shu, Neil Tyreman, Ian Maclean, Zoltan Kenwell and Charles T. Putman.   Effects of long-term creatine feeding and running on isometric functional measures and myosin heavy chain content of rat skeletal muscles.  Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology. 452(6):744-55, 2006.

Charles T. Putman, Karen Martin, Maria Gallo, Gary Lopaschuk, Jean Pearcey, Ian MacLean, Ryan Saranchuk and Dirk Pette.  α-catalytic subunits of 5’AMP-activated protein kinase display fibre specific expression and are up-regulated by chronic-low frequency stimulation in rat muscle. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 293(3): R1325-1334, 2007.

Maria Gallo, Ian MacLean, Neil Tyreman, Karen J.B. Martins, Daniel Syrotuik, Tessa Gordon and Charles T. Putman.  Adaptive responses to creatine loading and exercise in fast-twitch rat skeletal muscle.  American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 294(4): R1319-28, 2008.

Karen J.B. Martins, Gordon K. Murdoch, Yang Shu, Luke Harris, Maria Gallo, Walter T. Dixon, George R. Foxcroft, Tessa Gordon and Charles T. Putman.  Satellite cell sterilization attenuates short-term fast-to-slo fibre type transformations in rat fast-twitch skeletal muscle.  Pflugers Arch (Jan 8 2009. Epub ahead of print  PMID 19130076).

Maria Gallo, Karen J.B. Martins, Yang Shu, Neil Tyreman, Gordon Murdoch, Walter Dixon, Tessa Gordon, Daniel Syrotuik and Charles T. Putman.  Creatine loading attenuates chronic low frequency stimulation induced fiber type transitions in rat skeletal muscle.  American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology (February 2009).