Research Team


Bolette_CEPLBolette Rafn

PhD Student

Bolette Rafn has completed her MSc in Health Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her thesis was on breast cancer rehabilitation, specifically focusing on the arm function of breast cancer patients after surgery, a project that was also supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. She has a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy with several years of clinical experience. Clinical research with focus on prevention and early rehabilitation of physical impairments among breast cancer patients is her main interest. Bolette began her Ph.D. in breast cancer rehabilitation with Dr. Campbell in September 2015. Outside of research, she enjoys the beauty of Vancouver and its surroundings on a mountain bike, in hiking boots or with a pair of skis

Sarah Weller

MSc Student

Sarah is a first year Masters student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Program at UBC in Dr. Kristin Campbell’s lab.  She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2006. For the past 12 years, Sarah has worked as a clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in working with people with a cancer diagnosis, during and after treatments and surgeries. She has implemented cancer recovery exercise programs at both clinical and community-based settings in Australia and Canada and is passionate about using evidence-based exercise prescriptions to improve physical functioning. Sarah’s research interests include translating exercise-oncology research into clinical practice and exploring the use of exercise as medicine for prostate cancer survivors, particularly to reduce treatment toxicities, improve function with metastatic disease and to increase adoption of long-term exercise behaviours.  Outside of research, Sarah works privately as an Exercise Physiologist in Oncology and in her spare time she can be found on her bike, cycling up a local mountain.

Logan Meyers

MSc Student

Logan is a 1st year MSc student, supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Wilfrid Laurier University. His primary research is looking into investigating the role of body composition when addressing cancer treatment side effects and survival. He enjoys biking, biking, music, good food, and basketball. In the future, he hopes to contribute in reducing chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients and improve survival through exercise training.

Savanna Rowecepl

Research Coordinator

Savanna is a recent graduate of the Kinesiology program at UBC. She began as a volunteer in the CEPL in September 2014 and is now a research coordinator for the ACTIVATE trial in the lab. Savanna has worked on both the NExT study as well as EXIT, and her directed studies was focused on the impact of exercise on cardiorespiratory fitness in the EXIT study. During her free time Savanna enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and anything that lets her be near the ocean.

cepl-pic-2Alexandra Akl

Research Assistant

Alexandra is currently a third year student studying Kinesiology at UBC. Alexandra has been working as a work-learn student in the CEPL since September 2016. She has been mainly involved in the Exercise Influence on Taxane side effects (EXIT) study, and has helped out in different areas of the lab as well. Alexandra loves being involved in her community and has been an active volunteer at PARC (Physical Activity Research Center), and is also an Assistant Director with UBC Rec Intramurals.  In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and being at the beach with her golden retriever Charlie.