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Christopher Gaffney

Senior Lecturer in Integrative Physiology, Lancaster University

My research seeks to understand the basic physiology and metabolism that underpins disease, health, and athletic performance. My research encompasses molecular work using cells and the model organism C. elegans, through to human-based trials. My current work investigates the impact and mechanisms of physiological stress imparted by ageing, surgery, and spaceflight or ground-based analogues.


  • 2022–present
    Senior lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 2018–2022
    Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 2016–2018
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Nottingham


  • 2014 
    University of Nottingham, PhD Muscle metabolism
  • 2011 
    King's College London, MSc Space Physiology & Health
  • 2010 
    Liverpool John Moores University , BSc Sports Science (Physiology)

Professional Memberships

  • Physiological Society (full member)
  • British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) full member