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Dr Denise Roche

Health Sciences
0151 291 3293

I am a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and part of the School of Health Sciences.  I have a PhD in Paediatric Exercise Physiology from Liverpool John Moores University entitled ‘Physical activity, physical fitness, HbA1c and skin microvascular reactivity in children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes’. I also have a PG.Cert. in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and have been a Fellow of the HE Academy since 2004.

My main specialism is exercise physiology and health. I am research active and have presented my research Nationally and Internationally. My current interests are the vascular and metabolic responses to chronic training. I am the Faculty PGR co-ordinator and head of year 3 on the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. My teaching and both postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation supervision typically focuses on my specialisms; exercise and health, especially cardiometabolic adaptations to exercise.


Recent Publications 


Goulding, R.P., Roche, D.M., Marwood, S. (2017). Prior exercise speeds pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics and increases critical power during supine but not upright cycling.  Experimental Physiology. DOI: 10.1113/EP086304, p 1-19.

Unnithan, V.B.,  Roche, D.M., Garrard, M., Holloway, K., Marwood, S. (2015) Oxygen uptake kinetics in trained adolescent females. European Journal of Applied Physiology.  115: 213 – 220.

Unnithan, V.B, Rowland, T., George, K., Lindley, M.R., Roche, D.M. (2015). Regional and global left ventricular function following a simulated 5 KM race in sports-trained adolescents. Pediatric Cardiology. 36: 2, pp 322-328.

Unnithan, V.B., Rowland, T., Lindley M.R., Roche, D.M., Garrard, M. and Barker, P. (2015). Cardiac Strain During Upright Cycle Ergometry in Adolescent Males.  Echocardiography; 32:4, pp 638–643.

Fan, P., Rowland, T., Unnithan, V., Barker, P., Guerra, M., Roche, D., Lindley, M. (2012). Continuing medical education activity in echocardiography. Echocardiography 29(5): 522

Roche, D.M. et al. (2012) Skin microvascular reactivity in trained adolescents. In: Issues in Physiology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Medicine: 2011 Edition, Chapter 1. Scholarly Editions, Atlanta, Georgia.

Rowland, T., Unnithan, V., Barker, P., Guerra, M., Roche, D., Lindley, M. (2012) Orthostatic effects on echocardiographic measures of ventricular function. Echocardiography Journal, 29(5):523-527.

Rowland, T., Unnithan, V., Barker, P., Lindley, M., Roche, D., Garrard, M. (2011) Time-of-day effect on cardiac responses to progressive exercise. Chronobiology International. 28(7): 611-616.

Marwood, S., Roche, D., Garrard, M., Unnithan, V. (2011) Pulmonary oxygen uptake and muscle deoxygenation kinetics during recovery in trained and untrained male adolescents. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 111(11): 2775-84.

Rowland, T., Unnithan, V., Roche, D., Garrard, M., Holloway, K., Marwood, S. (2011) Myocardial Function and aerobic fitness in adolescent females. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 1991-1997.

Roche, D.M., Rowland, T., Garrard, M., Marwood., Unnithan, V.B. (2010) Cutaneous Microvascular Reactivity in Trained Versus Untrained Male Adolescents. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 108(6) 1201-1208.