I graduated from my undergraduate B.Sc with Honours in Sport and Exercise Science at Heriot Watt University in 2009 where I was awarded a first class degree and the James Watt Medal for distinction in the programme. I went on to study a M.Sc by Research at the Waterford Institute of Technology, where I investigated the effects of aerobic and resistance exercise on circulating angiogenic cells, which repair and stimulate the growth of blood vessels. Subsequently, I went on to complete my Ph.D in Exercise Physiology at Edinburgh Napier University investigating how ageing and exercise affect these circulating angiogenic cells, with focus also on cell surface receptor expression.
I am a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at Edinburgh Napier University, where I teach on Introduction to Exercise Physiology, Current Issues in Sporting Performance (both UG year 2) and Advanced Exercise Physiology (UG year 4) as well as on the M.Sc programme in Sports Performance Enhancement and the M.Sc in Clinical Exercise Science. I am also a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology Support and Research), with previous work in Rugby Union, Football, Golf, Endurance Sports, Track Cycling, and Rowing. In addition, I am also an accredited UK Anti-Doping Advisor (UKAD) and a member of the BASES Public and External Affairs Advisory Panel.
My research interests lie in vascular health, age and exercise, with specific focus on circulating cells in the blood which stimulate vascular regeneration and repair. I am currently working to quantify the bone marrow-derived stem cell response to acute and chronic exercise in both young and older adults, as well as potential interventions to maximise the stem cell response in older individuals.
Our most recent work has been investigating how exercise may counteract the negative side-effects of chemotherapy on blood vessels of breast cancer patients.
Accepting M.Sc by Research and Ph.D students.