Iris Lesser

Graduated from SFU in 2016

Major: Biomedical Physiology

Degree Received: PhD

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Iris Lesser is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. She is a certified exercise physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and a Pre-Post Natal Exercise Specialist. Her research involves finding innovative ways to engage special populations in physical activity with the goal of making physical activity accessible to all.


1) What is your current position? What does a typical work day look like for you?   

Assistant Professor. A perfect blend of teaching, research and service while having ample opportunity to have a work-life balance with time in the outdoors, being physically active and with my kids.

2) How did your education in BPK influence your career?

Working with Dr. Scott Lear afforded me the opportunity to study many different elements of physical activity which intertwined with different health outcomes. From this diverse perspective I was able to move forward with research that impacts the community in which I live.

3) Who in BPK had an impact on you and why?

I was lucky to have mentors in Dr. Scott Lear and Dr. Dawn Mackey. Through their supervision they showed me the benefits of physical activity on health and how to have an academic career with flexibility and balance.

4) What advice would you give to today’s BPK student? 

Every assignment, every course, every experience won't have a direct impact on where you go and who you become but if you are resilient and adaptable they will lead you in the right direction.