Following her M.Sc. in exercise science in France, Dre Riesco completed a PhD in exercise physiology at Laval University and a post-doctorate fellowship at the Research Center on Aging in Sherbrooke (Qc). In 2011, she started her career at the Faculty of Physical Activity Sciences at the University of Sherbrooke.
Dre Riesco’s research focuses on the impact of exercise and other non-pharmacological treatments on chronic conditions associated with aging, with a special interest in energy metabolism, body composition and inflammation/immune response. From the start of her career, Dre Riesco has received funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and an infrastructure grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Since, she has carried out several interdisciplinary research projects aimed at implementing exercise interventions in various settings to improve the health of elderly people with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, renal failure and cancer. During the past 9 years, she has been vice-president (2012-2015) and President (2015-2019) of the Association Québécoise des Sciences de l’Activité Physique as well as the director of the Kinesiology Bachelor program (2016-2019).