Rodrigo Villar

Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Phone: (603) 899-1164

Courses Taught
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • Assessment & Prescription for Fitness
  • Kinesiology
  • Strength and Conditioning Sciences
  • Biology/Health Sciences Sophomore Seminar
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Integrative Physiology
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and muscular system adaptations during acute and chronic exercise
  • Integrative control and regulation of blood flow, oxygen consumption and muscle metabolism

Honors & Awards

2013-2014: Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology

2012-2013NSERC-Engage and MRI Postdoctoral Fellowship

2010-2012Graduate Research Studentship (GRS)

2007-2010: CAPES PhD scholarship, Ministry of Education, Brazil

Publications and Presentations

Beltrame T, Villar, R, Hughson, RL. Sex differences in the oxygen delivery, extraction and uptake during moderate walking exercise transition. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0097.

Villar, R, Hughson, RL. Vascular conductance and muscle blood flow during exercise are altered by inspired oxygen fraction and arterial perfusion pressure. Physiol Rep. 2017 Mar; 5:5 2017. pii: e13144. doi: 10.14814/phy2.13144.

Beltrame T, Amelard R, Villar R, Shafiee MJ, Wong A, Hughson RL. Estimating oxygen uptake and energy expenditure during treadmill walking by neural network analysis of easy-to-obtain inputs. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Nov 1;121(5):1226-1233. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00600.2016.

Villar, R, Gillis, J, Santana, G, Almeida, ALRA. Association between anaerobic metabolic demand during simulated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu combat and specific Jiu-Jitsu anaerobic test. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Book, J, Chekema, NP, Villar, R., Hughson, R, Peterson, S. Investigating the Impact of Passive External Lower Limb Compression on Central and Peripheral Hemodynamics During Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 1-11, 2016.

Villar, R, Beltrame, T. Hughson, RL. Validation of the Hexoskin wearable body metrics vest during lying, sitting, standing and walking activities. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 40: 1–6, 2015.

Villar R, Hughson RL. Effect of altered arterial perfusion pressure on vascular conductance and muscle blood flow dynamic response during exercise in humans. J Appl Physiol, 114(5):620-627, 2013.

Villar R, Hughson RL. Lower limb vascular conductance and resting popliteal blood flow during head-up and head-down postural challenges. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging, 33(3):186-191, 2013.

Villar R, Hughson RL. Repeatability of popliteal blood flow and lower limb vascular conductance at rest and exercise during body tilt using Doppler ultrasound. Physiol Meas., 34(3):291-306, 2013.

Villar R, Hughson RL. Reply to Pancheva, Panchev, and Pancheva. J Appl Physiol, 114(7):958, 2013.

Professional Memberships

  • New England American College of Sports Medicine, 2015-present
  • American College of Sports and Medicine, 1999, 2008, 2016-present
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, 2006
  • Brazilian Association of University Professors (São Paulo, Brazil), 2003-2005

Conferences Attended

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2017.
  • NH-INBRE Annual Meeting, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA, 2016-2017
  • New England American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 2015.
  • 35th Annual International Gravitational Physiology Meeting, 13th European life sciences symposium and 1st Aging in Space Symposium. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2014
  • 7th World Congress of Biomechanics. Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2014
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Annual Meeting, Extreme Human Physiology: from pathology to performance, 2013.


Grants Received

  • INBRE Research Support Training Grant (RSTG)2017
  • INBRE Initiative Research Grant2016


  • Undergraduate Advising
  • Member of Rindge Undergraduate Institutional Review Board (RISC)
  • Ad-hoc Referee, Member of the Research Committee to analyze grant applications.
  • Research Foundation of Science and Technology, Pernambuco, Brazil, Editorial Board member of Motriz. Physical Education Journal specialized in Human movement sciences and areas related to sport and exercise