My research interests cover the areas of exercise and metabolism, thermal stress and human performance, and exercise and disease. More recently my work has addressed the integration of changes in acid-base balance and acetyl group availability on metabolism at rest and during exercise. This ongoing work involves collaboration with Dr Gordon Smith (Washington Medical School, St Louis) and employs non-isotope labelling techniques. Other studies involve collaboration with Professor Colin Farquharson (Roslin Institute, Edinburgh) who is interested in the role of short-chain fatty acid availabilty on lipid and adipose tissue metabolism.
A graduate in Sports Science, I completed a PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen in 1993. I have held post-doctoral positions at the University of St Andrews and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and lecturing positions at the University of Aberdeen and MMU. In 2006 I joined Heriot-Watt University after working for the Ministry of Defence for a year as a scientific advisor. An Associate Professor in physiology and biochemistry, I lecture in aspects of cardiovascular function and exercise and exercise biochemistry and metabolism.
Fellow of Royal Society of Biology