Eli Puterman

Eli Puterman

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Physical Activity and Health
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar

Office Address:
Medical Sciences Block C, Room 104
2176 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Mailing Address:
War Memorial Gymnasium, Room 210
6081 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


The University of British Columbia, 2009, PhD, (Psychology)
The University of British Columbia, 2004, MA, (Psychology)
Concordia University, 2001, BA, (Psychology)
McGill University, 1995, BSc, (Physiology)

Courses Taught

KIN 489X Psychobiology of Physical Activity

Research and Teaching

My research seeks to understand the interplay among stress, aging, and exercise. It is unquestionable that habitual physical activity promotes health. My recent randomized controlled trial is the first to demonstrate that 6 months of exercise can reverse cellular aging of the immune system in previously inactive, highly stressed adults. These results invite a compelling question: does exercise benefit the immune system simply by bolstering basic cell mechanisms associated with aging or additionally by bolstering adaptive psychological and biological stress processes that can directly improve immune function? I am currently developing new intervention trials and laboratory based studies to disentangle the extent to which both acute and long-term exercise can strengthen both psychological and biological stress responses and immune function in children and adults alike.

Potential Students

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or post-doctoral fellowship are encouraged to contact me at the email address above.

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