I have been in my current role as Lecturer in Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of Stirling School of Sport since 2012. I previously spent three years as a PostDoctoral Researcher at the University of Dundee, where I also completed a PhD in Molecular Exercise physiology between 2005 and 2009 and a BSc (Hons) in Sports Biomedicine between 2001 and 2005.
As a molecular exercise physiologist my primary research goal is to understand the molecular basis of skeletal muscle plasticity (the ability to change depending upon environment). Muscle is a very plastic tissue with the ability to grow with extra loading and become more fatigue resistant with training. However, muscle will also waste with inactivity and lose metabolic flexibility with poor nutrition. By defining the molecular networks that control this plasticity we will be better able to prescribe interventions and develop more effective treatments for the derangements that occur in muscle with ageing and disease.