Sunita Mathur is a physiotherapist and Associate Professor in the Dept of Physical Therapy. She completed her BSc in physiotherapy and MSc from Dalhousie University, PhD in Human Kinetics (Exercise Physiology) from the University of British Columbia, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Florida.
Sunita leads the Muscle Function and Performance Lab in the Dept of Physical Therapy. Her research is aimed at improving the health of skeletal muscle in people suffering from profound muscle atrophy and weakness in order to help them regain function and independence so they can return to participating in the activities they enjoy. Sunita works across multiple patient populations including people with advanced lung diseases (such as COPD, interstitial lung disease and cystic fibrosis), solid organ transplantation, and critical illness.
She uses a combination of non-invasive techniques to examine muscle structure and function including muscle force measurements, exercise testing, bioelectrical impedance analysis, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (MRI/MRS), muscle ultrasound and computed tomography (CT).
Sunita has collaborations with the Toronto Lung Transplant Program (Toronto General Hospital), Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Unity Health - St Michael’s Hospital. She is also the co-founder and co-Chair of CAN-RESTORE, a network aimed at improving exercise and physical activity for solid organ transplant recipients.