Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in BSc (First Class hons) Science in Health, Exercise and Sport, at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) in 2005 and was awarded the John Marsden Prize for outstanding achievements.
In 2009, she completed her PhD combining the disciplines of Biochemistry, Exercise Physiology and Immunology at the School of Health Sciences in UWIC. Investigating the biochemical mechanisms of immune suppression and specifically focused on the activation and phosphorylation of AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK).
Whilst at Loughborough University as a Research Associate in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Hannah focused on inflammatory proteins, more specifically, the role of cytokines Interleukin-6 and its receptor in the control of glucose transport and the signalling pathways which are activated and the expression in diabetes.
Hannah's primary research focuses on immunometabolic response to physical activity/exercise and training, specifically the role of signalling mechanisms (such as AMPK) and cytokines (such as Interleukin6) to responses of metabolism and skeletal muscle tissue repair.
Current research interests concern ultra-endurance running/ endurance and physical activity/exercise. This expands also in rehabilitation techniques on muscle damage and inflammation and skeletal muscle repair. She is also interested in the use of exercise prescription in clinical disease management for inflammatory conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancers and cardiorespiratory diseases.