Dr. Lawrence Spriet
Professor and Chair

Dr. Lawrence Spriet

Email: lspriet@uoguelph.ca

Office: ANNU 354
Ext: 53745
Lab: ANNU 203
Ext: 53907


B.Sc. - University of Waterloo
M.Sc. - York University
Ph.D. - McMaster University


Dr. Spriet’s basic research examines how skeletal muscle generates the large amounts of energy needed to exercise and compete in work and sport situations. The pathways that metabolize carbohydrate and lipid as fuel to produce energy are studied in human skeletal muscle. His practical research examines whether compounds that are purported to be "ergogenic" or “work enhancing” agents actually augment muscle metabolism and/or improve human performance (e.g. blood doping, creatine, carnitine, pyruvate, taurine, and caffeine). He also conducts hydration/sweat testing and research aimed at counteracting the effects of dehydration in athletes engaging in stop-and-go sports like ice hockey, basketball, and soccer players.

Selected Publications

Bradley, NS, LA Snook, SS Jain, GJF Heigenhauser, A Bonen, and LL Spriet. Acute endurance exercise increases plasma membrane fatty acid transport proteins in rat and human skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 302:E183-E189, 2012.

Holloway, TM, C Chessex, SL Grace, E Oechslin, LL Spriet, and AH Kovacs. A call for adult congenital heart disease patient participation in cardiac rehabilitation. Int J Cardiology 150:345-346, 2011.

Logan-Sprenger, MH, MS Palmer and LL Spriet. Estimated fluid and sodium balance and drink preferences in elite male junior players during an ice hockey game. Appl Physiol Nutr Met 36:145-152, 2011.

Hawley JA, LM Burke, SM Phillips, and LL Spriet. Nutritional modulation of training-induced skeletal muscle adaptations. J Appl Physiol 110:834-845, 2011.

Rutherford JA, LL Spriet and T Stellingwerff. The effect of acute taurine ingestion on endurance performance and metabolism in trained cyclists. Int J Sports Nutr Exerc Met 20:322-329, 2010.

Perry, CGR, J Lally, GP Holloway, GJF Heigenhauser, A Bonen and LL Spriet. Repeated transient mRNA bursts precede increases in transcriptional and mitochondrial proteins during training in human skeletal muscle. J Physiol 588.23:4795-4810, 2010.


HK*3600 Applied Human Biology I
KIN*4400 Independent Research in Kinesiology - Guelph-Humber

Grad Students

K. Boorsma (MSc student)
N. Bradley (PhD student)
C. Gerling (MSc student)
T. Holloway (PhD student)
S. Logan (PhD student)
M. Palmer (PhD student)
J. Whitfield (MSc student)

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

Human Health &
Nutritional Sciences

Animal Science/
Nutrition Building
519-824-4120 x56171
Fax: 519-763-5902