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Education

I studied for my Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Stirling, Scotland (2011). I then continued on at Stirling to complete my doctorate where i used an integrative physiology approach to examine the metabolic, neuromuscular and performance responses to graded amounts of carbohydrate ingestion during exercise.  

Postdoctoral 

I then went to the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research Unit in Cambridge as a Postdoctoral Research Manager.  Whilst in Cambridge, I was also successfully appointed as a College Research Associate for Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.  

Present 

I moved to the University of Westminster to undertake a Lectureship in the Department of Life Sciences in the division of Food Nutrition and Public Health.  Here I am the Course Director for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. In addition I lead 2 modules at level 5 and 7 and contribute to a further 7 modules from levels 5 to 7.  I am the lead physiologist for the Westminster Human Performance Laboratory.  Finally, I am a member of the Faculty of Science and Technology ethics committee as well as an expert member of Westminster NHS Research Ethics Committee.  

Teaching

Leadership 

Course Director for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.  Module leader for level 5 Physiology for Sport, Health and Exercise (5PHYM006) and level 7 Advanced Performance Nutrition (7HMNT001).  

Previous Module leadership: 2016/17: Level 3 Science in Practice 

Contribution

Module contributions: Level 5: Research Techniques in Nutrition and Exercise; Level 6: Nutrition and Performance, Global Ethics; Level 7: Practitioner Skills for Sports Nutritionists, Research Methods II. 

Supervision

Student Supervision: 5 UG student projects, 5 PG student projects, 1 Internal PhD assessor.

Further 

Additional teaching: Leader for the BodPod Assessment Team training programme.  

Research

My current research focuses on human nutrition and exercise metabolism. More specifically, metabolic responses to exercise with the provision of different amounts of y carbohydrate to optimise endurance performance.  Through an integrative physiology approach this research attempts to understand and optimise nutritional recommendations to different populations to enhance human endurance performance. 

In addition, I am contributing to the PhytoCloud project hosted at Westminster focusing on the physical activity element of the programme.  More information here: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/breast-cancer-research-unit/projects/diet-and-lifestyle-research/phytoapp 

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.