Dr James Hopker received his BSc (Hons) in Sports Rehabilitation and Sports Science from St. Mary's University College, Twickenham in 1999, and his MSc. in Sport and Exercise Science from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003. James began his post at the University of Kent in 2004 and completed his PhD thesis on the influence of training on cycling efficiency and performance in 2009. Currently James is a Reader in Exercise Physiology, Director of Postgraduate Research, and a supervisor to PhD students.

James' main research interest is concerned with responses to exercise and training. Specifically, his current research is concerned with the optimization of the exercise training process and how this can be considered on an individual basis from both applied practical, and mathematical/statistical perspectives. He has published an extensive number of research papers on the physiological adaptations to training using both cross-sectional and longitudinal approaches. James' other research interests are concerned with investigating the potential for the use of athlete performance data to inform anti-doping using both statistical and AI approaches.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Kent