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In 2016 Dr Burleigh graduated from UWS with a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science. During this time she was awarded studenships from the Carnegie Foundation and the Physiological Society to complete preliminary research on the effects of nitric oxide on cardiovascular health and also seasonal uptake of nitric oxide via UVA light in humans. In 2020 Dr Burleigh competed a PhD studentship supported by a grant from the Hannah Foundation. This work focussed on the interactions between dietary nirate, the oral microbiome and cardiovascular health. She is now working as a Lecturer in the Division of Sport and Exercise in the school of Health and Life Sciences. She has  experience in biochemisrty, microbiology, bioinformatics, conducting exercise tests, and measuring a range  of physiological outcomes in adults, trained athletes and Olympic champions. 


Area of academic expertise - outline

Nitric oxide, cadivascular health, bioinformatics, microbiology, exercise physiology

Current research activities

Dr Burleigh's research is broadly centred on exercise and health with specific focus on dietary nitrate, oral and cardiovascular health. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic she has also been working wirth tensARC Ltd. who have received funding from the Scottish Funding Council and Innovate UK to support testing of a novel fabric face mask. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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


  • Q Science (General)
  • Microbiology (bacteria/fungi)
  • bioinformatics
  • QP Physiology
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Hypertension
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Oral Health


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