I earned my first degree in Physical Education & Sports Science (BSc Hons, 1st class) from Loughborough University, before completing an MSc in Exercise Physiology (distinction) from the same institution. My MSc thesis examined the effect of heat acclimation on skilled performance during simulated field hockey in the heat. Upon completion of my MSc, I moved to London South Bank University where I completed a PhD entitled “Limitations to oxidative metabolism during exercise” under the supervision of Dr Joanna Bowtell.
My research interests relate to skeletal muscle energetics; in particular the kinetics of oxygen uptake and their relationship with fatigue and the competitive utilisation of fat and carbohydrate. I apply these fundamental concepts in on-going collaborative projects investigating the effect of chemotherapy on aerobic fitness and survival from major surgery. I retain an interest in sports performance and am supervising a PhD which examines the effect of power variation on cycling time trial performance. For all of these research areas I consider approaches from the invasive to the non-invasive and via computer modelling. I have published research in leading international peer-review journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology and Sports Medicine. I am also a regular reviewer for several internationally recognised peer-review journals such as Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Medicine and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
My path to Liverpool Hope University began following a stint at the University of Salford, when I began lecturing in the areas of Sport & Human Biology in January 2006 on a fixed term basis before securing a permanent post in September 2007. Since then I have acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and achieved promotion to Senior Lecturer (Physiology) in September 2008. Outside of Liverpool Hope University, I am an honorary research fellow in the department of Respiratory Physiology, University Hospital Aintree and am Chair of the special interest group for clinical exercise physiology for the British Association of Sports & Exercise Sciences.
I teach across the Sport & Exercise Science and Human Biology degrees, focusing on exercise physiology and muscle biochemistry. I am also the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science and the PGCert in Exercise Testing & Prescription.
Away from academia, I remain a keen runner and a member of Altrincham & District Athletics Club, having previously represented Great Britain at Modern Pentathlon during international competition at home and abroad.