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Professor and Director of Research, University of Bath

I joined the University of Bath in 1999. I was Head of Sport, Health and Exercise Science between 2005-8 and Director of Studies (Research) between 2003-6.

I am currently Director of Research with responsibility for research management and performance within the department.

I graduated from the University of Liverpool and then undertook my MSc and PhD at Loughborough University.

My research interests include physical activity, diet, adipose tissue, chronic inflammation and chronic disease. One strand of my research seeks to understand the mechanisms through which regular physical activity and diet maintain health. A second strand seeks to capitalise on technological innovation to help people make positive changes to their behaviour and thus reduce the risk of chronic disease.

I have published over 50 articles in prestigious journals such as Physiological Reviews, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition and International Journal of Obesity.

I am an expert for the BMJ Evidence Centre and have editorial roles with PLOS ONE and the Journal of Sport Sciences.

I have supervised more than a dozen PhD/MD students to completion. I have attracted in excess of £3 million in external funding from agencies such as the British Heart Foundation, BBSRC, MRC (National Prevention Research Initiative), Diabetes UK and the National Institute for Health Research; and I have acted as a consultant for major multi-national companies.

Research interests
Physical activity, energy balance and chronic disease
Physical activity measurement and profiling
Chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease
Physical activity and adipose tissue function
Exercise and metabolic function


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    Professor and Director of Research, University of Bath