Dr. Michael Borghese

Degrees and Certifications

  • HBSc. Health Sciences (minor in Life Sciences)
  • M.Sc.
  • PhD.


Michael Borghese completed his Honours Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences (minor in Life Sciences), at the University of Ottawa in 2011. His undergraduate research project used a needs assessment approach to evaluate the current and future state of cycling in two Ottawa neighborhoods. Mike joined the HALO team as a summer student in 2010 and 2011, and worked as a research assistant from January 1st – August 31st with Dr. Rachel Colley of HALO primarily on the Physical Activity Engagement (PAE) study, and Dr. Rob Gow of CHEO’s division of Cardiology on the Activity Intensity in Inherited Arrhythmias study. Mike also works with Prof. Wilma Jelley at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Physiotherapy, investigating the essential competencies for interdisciplinary collaboration among medical professionals. Mike has been supervising the Rideau Canal’s First Aid Skate Patrol team for 5 years; continues to tutor undergraduate students in organic chemistry, biochemistry, and anatomy and physiology; has taught English as a second language to children of families who have recently immigrated to Canada; and has worked as a Blood Typer for Canadian Blood Services’ blood donation promotional events. He enjoys staying active, reading, and learning something new each day.