Dr. David Thivel

Postdoctoral Research fellow
Supervisor: Jean-Philippe Chaput

Degrees and certifications:

  • Postdoctoral in Clinical Nutrition and Physiology (Columbia University, USA)
  • Ph.D. in Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences (INRA – University Blaise Pascal, France)
  • Msc in Exercise, Nutrition and Health (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Msc in Exercise Disabilities and Health Research (Jean Monet University, France)
  • Msc in Motor Skills and Adapted Physical Activities (University Blaise Pascal, France)
  • Bsc in Sports Sciences (University Blaise Pascal, France)


  • Lifetime Foundation Award for outstanding contribution, University of Bristol (UK) (2006)
  • Childhood Obesity Research Award (Brides les Bains Thermal Institute, France) (2009)
  • Nutrition and Metabolism French Speaking Society Award (2011)

Research interests:

Pediatric Obesity; Exercise; Nutrition; Energy Balance; sedentary behaviors; Inactivity

Mini biography:

Dr. Thivel is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa under the supervision of the Dr. Chaput Jean-Philippe. He completed a first postdoctoral position at the Columbia University of New-York City in 2012 in the New-York Nutrition Obesity Research Center, studying the impact of massive weight loss induced by bariatric surgery on energy balance. He has a background in exercise physiology and Nutrition and achieved his Ph.D in the French National Institute for Agronomic Research and the Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand). His Ph.D. aimed at identifying the impacts of acute exercise and its intensity on 24h nutritional and energy balance adaptations in obese youths. David Thivel is mainly interested in the impact of physical activities (and their characteristics), sedentary behaviors and inactivity on obese and lean children and adolescents’ energy intake, appetite and energy balance.