A native of Montreal, he studied at Acadia University (BA Physical Education), University of South Florida (MA Adult Education-Exercise Science), and Boston University (D.Sc Anatomy and Physiology) followed by post-doctoral work at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and The Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre. He then joined the Department of Exercise Science, Concordia University as an Associate Professor (2000 – 2007) and University Research Chair. From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Boushel was Director of the Mitochondrial Physiology laboratory, Department of Anaesthesia, Bispebjerg Hospital; Heart and Circulatory Section in the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Dr. Boushel has served as Professor and Chair in Physiology at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm, and has also worked with The Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre, and the Department of Clinical Physiology, Huddinge Hospital, Karolinska Institute. Dr. Boushel has published more than 100 research articles and/or book chapters in the areas of cardiovascular and muscle metabolism and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for research excellence and teaching in Canada and Scandinavia.