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Sport and exercise physiology MRes supervisors

mark-whaldronDr Mark Waldron

Mark is the MRes Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s University. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of New England, Australia. Mark has previously worked as an applied physiologist for the Ministry of Defence and as a sport scientist in professional rugby.

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Specialisms

Mark's specialist areas are:

  • Human-tracking technology
  • Acute fatigue
  • Athlete monitoring
  • Dietary supplementation 
  • Thermoregulation during different exercise types
MRes project areas

There are four broad areas that Mark would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. For some projects, there will be opportunities to work with elite sports teams. These are:

  • Monitoring human motion with global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Physiological effects of amino acid supplementation
  • Enhancing tolerance to exercise in hot environments
  • Pacing and performance in thermally challenging environments   
Contact

Email:  mark.waldron@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 8246


stephen-patterson Dr Stephen Patterson

Stephen joined St Mary’s in 2009, after completing a PhD at Loughborough University, and is currently a Reader in Exercise Physiology. He specialises in understanding the responses and adaptations to exercise with blood flow restriction. Stephen also publishes in team sports physiology.

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Specialisms

Stephens’s research fits into two main themes of Health and Sports Performance with significant overlap between the two. His main research focuses on the following:

  • Blood flow restriction training for rehabilitation and performance
  • Ischemic Preconditioning
  • Physiology of team sports
MRes project areas

Stephen would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in the following areas:

  • Blood flow restriction training for rehabilitation and performance
  • Ischemic preconditioning for health and performance
  • Team sports physiology
Contact

Email: stephen.patterson@stmarys.ac.uk


JamieTDr Jamie Tallent

Jamie is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s University. Jamie has previously worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in numerous sports including, professional cricket, rugby and basketball. He is also currently works closely with the English Cricket Board.

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Specialisms

Jamie’s specialist areas are:

  • Neuromuscular physiology
  • Neuromuscular fatigue
  • Women’s health
  • Training load
  • Eccentric contractions
MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Jamie would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. For all areas, there is the opportunity to learn new novel laboratory techniques.

  • Neurological adaptations to exercise
  • The effects of the menstrual cycle on exercise
  • Physiological requirements of cricket
Contact

Email:  jamie.tallent@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 8246


jess-hillDr Jessica Hill

Jessica is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology at St Mary’s University. She teaches physiology within the Sport Science programme and the Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc programme for which she is the programme director. Jess is a BASES accredited physiologist and has worded with a range of elite athletes.

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Specialisms

Jessica’s specialist research area is recovery from exercise induced muscle damage using a variety of recovery strategies to include, compression garments, cryotherapy and antioxidant supplementation. More recently, her research has focused on oxidative stress and inflammation in the female athlete.

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Jess would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in. These are:

  • Recovery strategies from muscle damaging exercise
  • The efficacy of New Zealand blackcurrant extract as a recovery strategy
  • The effects of the changes in ovarian hormones through the menstrual cycle on oxidative stress
Contact

Email:  jessica.hill@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4098


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


mark-glaisterDr Mark Glaister

Mark is a Reader in Exercise Physiology at St Mary’s University. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Mark has worked with several national sports and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications covering many aspects of exercise physiology.

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Specialisms

Mark’s specialist areas are physiological responses to multiple sprint work and also the effects of various ergogenic aids (particularly caffeine) on human performance.

MRes project areas

Mark is happy to supervise MRes candidates in any aspects of exercise physiology; particularly those outlined above.

Contact

Email:  mark.glaister@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4012