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Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition, University of Stirling

My research (published and current) incorporates a number of important areas of exercise physiology, muscle biology and nutrition in both laboratory, applied and community environments.

My research interests include investigation of satellite cells (muscle stem cells) and molecular pathways (such as myostatin) in various conditions of muscle atrophy – atrophy with ageing (sarcopenia), disuse atrophy (such as with bed rest and sedentary lifestyle) and lack of atrophy seen in skeletal muscle during hibernation.

The practical application of studying these factors will be relevant to clinical physiology in relation to preventing atrophy (consequence of disease or disuse) as well as combating sarcopenia (consequence of ageing) and metabolic diseases.

Furthermore, my research interests include the applied influences of physical activity and nutrition, particularly in the community, and previous experience includes initiating and developing a community based exercise programme for African women of disadvantaged backgrounds at high risk for disease.

BSc (Hons) Physiology, University of Glasgow
PhD Exercise Physiology & Muscle Biology, Ohio University, Ohio, USA


  • –present
    Lecturer, Health & Exercise Sciences, University of Stirling


  • 2005 
    Ohio University, Ohio, USA, Phd Exercise Physiology & Muscle Biology