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Research in the Department

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.


Prof Mehmet Dorak

Genomics and Bioinformatics  - Research Group Leader: Professor Mehmet Dorak. ‌

Major Areas of Research

The genomics group explores genome-wide disease susceptibility markers with a particular focus on the HLA complex and its interactions with other genes. Another area of interest is the sex-bias in disease susceptibility and its genetic basis. Genetic markers for childhood leukaemia risk and its sex effect will be the main focus.

The bioinformatics group complements the functional genomics research in disease genetics using applied bioinformatics approaches. The group is collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to use bioinformatics approaches to genome-wide association datasets. Another interest of the bioinformatics group is to characterise the dynamics of the metabolism of folate led by Dr J. Enrique Salcedo-Sora in collaboration with system biologists from the University of Chester (Dr Mark McAuley). The aim is to elucidate a model of the regulatory network and its components.

 0242 Dr Cathy Walsh Cell Biology - Research Group Leader: Dr Cathy Walsh

Major Areas of Research: This group will conduct studies in cancer cell biology to better understand carcinogenesis process, in particular, the role played by the HLA complex in cancer susceptibility, the link between iron excess and cancer development, and mechanisms of differential susceptibility of males and females to cancer. The group is also pursuing studies led by Dr J. Enrique Salcedo-Sora on specific aspects of the metabolism of rapidly proliferating microorganisms and functional characterisation of membrane transporters.

 0166 Prof Ebrahim Naderali Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases - Research Group Leader: Professor Ebrahim Naderali. 

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

 0008 Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian Nutrition - Research Group Leader: Dr. F. Amirabdollahian. 

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.  


Sport Sciences

Omid Alizadehkhaiyat

Movement Science & Sport Biomechanics - Research Group Leader: Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat.

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.

 0137 Dr Simon Marwood Profile

Exercise Physiology & Health - Research Group Leader: Dr Simon Marwood. 

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. 

 0239 Dr Caroline Wakefield Sport Psychology - Research Group Leader: Dr Caroline Wakefield. 

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

Please see Sport Psychology Research for more information.