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Exercise physiology, High intensity interval training (HIIT), Physiology of ageing


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Area of academic expertise - outline

My research expertise is in the area of exercise for health. Primarily, I am interested in how exercise influences biological age. However, I have broader interests in endocrinology, exercise biochemistry, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and nutrition.


My previous work has examined HIIT in older adults, which improved several markers of biological age. I have extensive experience in collecting and handling a range of biochemical, biomechanical, and physiological data that allows me to answer research questions focusing on neuromuscular, metabolic, and endocrinological effects of exercise and ageing.


I also have expertise in data combination and synthesis having published a number of meta analyses and meta regressions, as well as ROC analyses.


My previous rsearch students include: 

  • 2017 - 2021: Z Yasar (PhD) University of Cumbria. Sprint Internal Training in Community Dwelling Older Adults. (F/T)
  • 2020 - 2021: D Contiero (PhD) UWS. The Utility of Karate Training in Later Life for Healthy Ageing. (F/T)


Current research activities

My recent research activities examined low frequency interval training in older adults.  In a number of publications stemming from this work we have demonstrated improvements in cardiovascular risk, body composition, aerobic, muscle power, and biochemical markers of biological age despite reduced time commitments.

In addition to my research in ageing and exercise, I have recently become involved in long covid research with a particular focus on physical activity and mHealth.


Desired research direction

I aim to expand upon recent work by exploring the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of low volume exercise training in older adults, particularly those with, or at risk of, sarcopenia. Moreover, I intend to investigate scalable means of delivering muscle-strengthening exercise in older adults.

Current teaching activities and interests

My current module leadership responsibilities consist of:

  • Sport and exercise nutrition.
  • Research dissertation.

In addition to module leadership mentioned above, I contribute to other modules aligned to exercise physiology. Moreover, I supervise several final year research students

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

External Examiner, University of South Wales


External Examiner, Oxford Brookes University


External Examiner, University of Wales Trinity Saint David



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