Dr. Basset is an associate professor at Memorial University's School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Basset's research themes fall into energy metabolism, cardiorespiratory physiology and thermoregulation in humans. Dr. Basset applies the classical theory of thermodynamics of open systems (humans) to determine the association between energy production (chemical, radian, thermal, kinetic, potential) and work (expressed in joule, calorie, power, or oxygen uptake) with emphasis on metabolic efficiency.
Dr. Basset’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying acute and chronic responses to environmental factors such as exercise, cold, hypoxia, or chronic diseases. The long-term goal of this research program is to investigate the effects of environmental factors on substrate contribution to energy production, heat balance (thermoregulation), thermal effect of food (effect of food composition on energy production) and the impact of these factors on the major physiological systems (i.e., cardiorespiratory, nervous system, renal system, digestive system).
Through his research on acute and chronic responses to environmental factors (exercise, cold, hypoxia, chronic diseases), Dr. Basset has developed expertise in indirect calorimetry and in electrophysiology to access human performance in various contexts. Over 20 years, Dr. Basset has acquired a thorough understanding of the principles underpinning the technologies used to collect, manage, and analyze metabolic and electrophysiological data, which helped frame a new theoretical corpus in energy metabolism and cardiorespiratory physiology.