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Research Excellence Framework 2014

The results of the national 2014 Research Excellence Framework 2014 were published in December 2014.

The School of Health Sciences made a successful submission in the Sports Unit of Assessment (UoA) and we are proud to have achieved 2nd place for Research Intensity in the North-West and ranked 21st in the UK.

Liverpool Hope University (LHU) ranked fourth in the North-West for Research Intensity metric with more than a third of research produced at LHU rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 55% of permanent academic staff were entered into the exercise.

The University strongly endorses the concept of ‘Research informed Teaching’ which ensures that all taught programmes are informed by the most recent and up-to-date ideas, methodologies and technologies. All staff in the School of Health Sciences are research active and are well published; most have doctorates or are in the process of completing their doctoral thesis (see staff index).

The School of Health Sciences research is broadly focused into two main areas of Biosciences and Sport Sciences in which we seek to be internationally recognised. The School of Health Sciences is multidisciplinary; covering a broad range of subjects including Genomics, Cell Biology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Bioinformatics, Nutrition, Human Movement Science & Sport Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology & Health, Sport Psychology, Sport, Culture & Management. Some groups collaborate internally with other Hope teams, or externally with teams (or individuals) from other universities or research centres, at home, or abroad.


Dr J. Enrique Salcedo-Sora 

Metabolic Biochemistry and Bioinformatics - Research Group Leader

Major Areas of Research

Our team explores the metabolic profiles of the phenotypes underlying antibiotic tolerance with the aim of achieving target-specific chemotherapy of infectious diseases. Recently, we have characterised the role of folate metabolism in the incidence of persisters in the bacteria E. coli. We are following up this with studies on cell to cell communication in antibiotic persistence.

The bioinformatics is an essential component of the toolkit of modern scientific research. We use R and python for genomic and biochemical data analysis and presentation. Relevant to our work on cellular physiology we model the dynamics of the metabolism of folate led.

Our research is in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the Department of Biology at Edge Hill University (Dr Clare Strode), and the Department of Chemical Engineering (Dr Mark Mc Auley).

Professor Farzad Amirabdollahian

Nutrition - Research Group Leader  

Major Areas of Research: Nutrition Research team explores the interrelationship between food, nutrients and health and wellbeing in individuals and populations. Research interests include energy balance, micronutrient requirements of individuals & populations, biomarkers of micronutrients and non-nutritive substances and the link between dietary intake and cardio-metabolic health.

Prof Ebrahim Naderali

Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases - Research Group Leader 

Professor Naderali leads a team, in collaboration with Broadgreen Hospital, into the clinical aspects of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases.

Sport Sciences

Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat

Movement Science & Sport Biomechanics - Research Group Leader

Major Areas of Research: Neuromuscular Coordination (EMG) and Motor Performance, Integrated 3-D Motion Analysis of Human/Sport Movements, Non-invasive Brain Stimulation and Cortical Excitability (TMS), Training-Induced Improvements in Sport Performance, Rehabilitative Biomechanics, Feedback Mechanisms, Visumotor Control, and Age-Related Changes in Motor Function.

Dr Simon Marwood

Exercise Physiology & Health - Research Group Leader 

Major Areas of Research: Exercise Performance Testing, Muscle Metabolism and Cell Signalling, training adaptation, Mathematical Model of Human Performance, Exercise in Different Environments, Training-Induced Adaptation to Biological Systems, Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Fitness, Exercise and Diseases, Exercise and Health in Special Populations, Sports Nutrition.

Dr Caroline Wakefield

Sport Psychology - Research Group Leader

Major Areas of Research: Psychology of Physical Activity and Sports, Motivation and Engagement in Sports, Questionnaire Development, Mental Skills and Sports Performance, Antecedents of Performance, Psychology of Coaching.