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Health sciences MRes supervisors

paul-houghPaul Hough

Paul is a Senior Lecturer on the Health and Exercise Science programme and also contributes to sport science modules at St Mary’s University. Paul is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and currently manages the sport science consultancy services at St Mary’s. Alongside his colleagues, he provides sport/exercise science support to professional and amateur athletes, members of the public, and external organisations.

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Specialisms

Paul’s areas of interest include high intensity interval training (HIIT) for health/performance and wearable fitness technology. He is currently undertaking a PhD, investigating the effects of circadian rhythm misalignment on cognitive and physical performance.

MRes project areas

There are four broad areas that Paul would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. For some projects, there will be opportunities to work with elite athletes.

  • Understanding the effects of circadian rhythm misalignment (jet lag, sleep deprivation etc.) on health and performance
  • High intensity interval training (HIIT) training for improving health and performance
  • Wearable fitness technology
  • Low carbohydrate diets for endurance performance
Contact

Email:  paul.hough@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 2338


nikki-brownDr Nicola Brown

Nicola is the Programme Director of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science and a Senior Lecturer in Health and Exercise Science. She also leads the Female Health and Wellbeing Research Cluster at St Mary’s University and is a member of the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth.

Additionally, Nicola is an accredited ISAK Level 3 Anthropometrist delivering ISAK accredited training courses to a wide range of sport and health professionals. 

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Specialisms

Nicola’s main research interests are in the area of female health and exercise. Specifically her research aims to increase scientific knowledge of female specific health issues, and to develop and disseminate effective strategies for optimising health and performance of female athletes and exercises. Additionally she is interested projects that focus on the measurement and evaluation of body composition.

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Nicola would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in (although is open to discussing any project relevant to her research interests). These are:

  • Evaluation of breast issues/concerns in different populations (eg: adolescents, pregnant/breast feeding females, elderly, health professionals)
  • Female physical activity participation at different life stages
  • Validity and reliability of anthropometric measurement protocols
Contact

Email: nicola.brown@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 2321


magali-chohanDr Magali Chohan

Magali is the Programme Director for the BSc Health & Exercise Science, she lectures on the undergraduate and postgraduate Nutrition programmes. Magali is a Registered Nutritionist (AfN) in nutrition science, and a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) accredited advisor and Educator.

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Specialisms

Magali’s research focus is on the health benefits of bioactive compounds of plant foods. Other interests include the psychology of food choice, functional foods and healthy ageing.

MRes project areas

Magali would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in nutrition science:

  • Health effects of bioactive compounds of plant foods
  • Health effects of functional foods
Contact

Email: magali.chohan@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 8289


kyriaki-myrissaDr Kyriaki Myrissa

Kyriaki Myrissa is a lecturer in Nutrition and Health and Exercise Science. She obtained a BSc in Psychology (2009) from the University of Leeds where she began her research career with a Masters by Research (2011) and continued with completing her PhD (2016). Alongside her teaching, she is currently working on a research collaborative project examining the effects of a dietary intervention for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Specialisms

Kyriaki’s research interests focus on appetite, nutrition, lifestyle interventions and body weight control; Dietary factors in the aetiology of obesity and overweight (e.g. the role of dietary fibre); Resistance and susceptibility to weight loss/(re)gain (psychological/behavioural risk factors); Effect of diet/food intake on self-reported physical and psychological wellbeing.

MRes project areas

Here is a list of possible research areas that Kyriaki would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in:

  • Effects of dietary and/or exercise and/or behavioural and/or mindfulness interventions on obesity and weight related outcomes
  • Effects of different foods and/or food components on appetite and/or body weight control, behavioural outcomes and/or cognitive performance
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of web-based interventions on post-partum weight retention
  • Examination of early determinants of overeating in children and young adults
  • Loss of appetite in ageing, specifically how to manage malnutrition and  compliance to oral nutritional supplements in older adults
Contact

Email: kyriaki.myrissa@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4292