Jonathan Smirl

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

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Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Biomedical concussion; cerebrovascular
  • autonomic and exercise physiology

Research activities

Dr. Jonathan Smirl is an Assistant Professor at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary specializing in the area of 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. 


Dr. Jonathan Smirl 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 Prof. Paul van Donkelaar. In 2019, he joined the faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary as an assistant professor.


Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI)

Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta




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

Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium Travel Grant - 2017

Innovations in Wellness, Post-Doctoral Fellowship - 2016

MITACS Accelerate Internship - 2015

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Pre-Doctoral Fellowship - 2013