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Strength and conditioning MRes supervisors

Dr Jamie Tallent headshotDr 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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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


Tel: 020 8240 8246

Dr Phil Price headshotDr Phil Price

Phil is the BSc Programme Director for Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Science and also lectures on the MSc S&C programme and the Masters of Research programme at St Mary’s University. Phil has a PhD in Bioengineering form St Mary’s University and has been lecturing at St Mary’s University for nine years. Phil is also the former head S&C coach of Ealing Trailfinders RFC and has worked with athletes ranging from national to international level.

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Phil’s specialist areas are:

  • Lower limb function
  • Performance and injury
  • Understanding injury mechanisms
  • Musculoskeletal modelling

MRes project areas

There are three broad areas that Phil 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:

  • Determinants of lower limb injury
  • Understanding ACL injury mechanisms using musculoskeletal modelling
  • Mechanical factors effecting explosive performance (Jumps, Sprints etc)
  • Mechanics of Paralympic Powerlifting


Tel: 020 8240 4224

Emily Cushion headshotEmily Cushion

Emily is a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s University. Prior to working here, she worked with the English Institute of Sport as a strength and conditioning coach, working with various sports.

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Emily’s specialist areas are: movement variability analysis and female health.

MRes project areas

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

  • Determining movement variability in skill development or pathological conditions
  • Understanding movement changes influenced by the menstrual cycle



Alex Bliss headshotAlex Bliss

Alex is a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Science and teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is BASES accredited in physiological support and is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UKSCA. Alex also works regionally for England Golf as a strength and conditioning coach.

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Alex has published in a range of topic areas including:

  • Talent ID and development
  • Physiological profiling
  • Plyometric training
  • Golf science
  • Isokinetics

He is also studying for a PhD investigating inflammation in highly trained endurance athletes.

MRes project areas

Alex currently supervises a project with Dr Mark Waldron at Crystal Palace FC which may repeat yearly. Alex would like to invite project ideas relating to:

  • Inflammation
  • Physiological/Strength monitoring in endurance sport, particularly running or triathlon
  • Strength training for golf
  • Wheelchair and disability sport


Tel: 020 8240 8246

Dr Giuseppe Cimadoro

Giuseppe joined St Mary's in 2015, and is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Science. He is an experienced kickboxing coach, S&C trainer, and an applied researcher. He achieved a BSc (Movement Sciences and Sport), MSc (Sport Science) and a PhD in Exercise Sport Activities studying in Milan (Italy), Dijon (France) and Loughborough (UK). 

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Giuseppe’s applied research areas relate to general Strength and Conditioning and Stand-Up Striking Combat Sports performance:

  • Development of impact force assessment devices
  • Neuromuscular responses to strength/power training
  • Neuromuscular and perceptual features of combat sports

MRes project areas

Giuseppe invites MRes candidates to complete projects related to combat sports performance, neuromuscular features of strength/power training, mountain biking performance.

  • Neuromuscular and mechanical characteristics of kick striking
  • Neuromuscular and mechanical characteristics of mountain biking
  • Effects of induced muscle contusion on neuromuscular efficiency



Michael Ayres headshotMichael Ayres

Michael Ayres is a Senior Lecturer on the Chelsea Football Club Degree programme having held the position of Programme Director for the last three years. For the last 15 years Michael has worked in a professional capacity with a Category One Premier League Football Club Academy. Michael's multidimensional professional, academic and research background has resulted in him being appointed in various coaching and organisational development consultant roles for a number of government organisations and European professional rugby clubs. 

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Michael's research interests are representative of his broad range of experiences. His previous and current research projects have utilised a multidimensional and mixed methodology approach to organisational culture, values and learning in high performing environments as well as coach and player development pathways. In addition, Michael also continues to engage in his own research as a practitioner examining the effects and impact of modification and tactical complexity in decision making and technical development of invasion game players. 

MRes project areas

Michael would welcome discussions on possible research projects on the following areas

  • the impact of organisational culture, values and learning in high performing environments, 
  • talent development pathway for players and coaches 
  • modification and game representativeness on tactical and technical development 

Liam McCarthy headshotLiam McCarthy

Liam is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at St Mary’s University, working across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, including: MSc Performance Football Coaching, BSc Coaching Science and BA Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development. Liam also holds a position on the National Coach Developer Academy (NCDA) in Tokyo, and is a member of the United States Centre for Coaching Excellence committee as sole international representative. Liam is currently undertaking a large-scale project with the English Football Association (the FA) to evaluate their coach education provision (what works, for which coaches, where, how and why?). Previously, Liam has led a major national Higher Eduction Funding Council for England (now, Office for Students) project to explore coach education in a Higher Education context.

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Liam’s research falls into the broad area of coach education and development, an emerging area of study. His research has involved understanding and explaining how coach education and development programmes contribute to coach learning, with a specific focus on assessment. Liam’s research is mostly concerned with exploring coach education and development with a critical realist research philosophy.

MRes project areas:

Liam would be very interested in speaking with MRes candidates who share his passion for coach education and development, specifically those who have worked in professional positions concerned with developing policy, programmes or people (i.e. National Governing Bodies, professional sports clubs). Liam would be interested in working with MRes candidates who have a desire to evaluate coach education and development programmes, using realist evaluation.

Dr Elisabetta CanettaDr Elisabetta Canetta

Elisabetta is the Programme Director of the BSc (Hons) Applied Physics and also lectures on the Applied Physics course. Elisabetta has a PhD in Experimental Biophysics from the Universite’ Joseph Fourier – Grenoble 1 (France) and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher first and then as Lecturer in nanobiophysics, biomechanics, and soft condensed matter (e.g. characterisation of the biomechanical and biochemical properties of proteins, DNA, cells and tissues) for over 15 years at Abertay University – Dundee, St Andrews University, Surrey University, Cardiff University and St Mary’s University. 

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Elisabetta’s specialism areas are:

  • Tissue engineering
  • Cellular and human body biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation bioengineering and assistive technology

MRes project areas

Elisabetta would like to invite MRes candidates to complete projects in rehabilitation bioengineering:

  • Observing how people perform tasks and making suitable accommodations to avoid further injuries and discomforts, in particular for people with disabilities
  • Improving rehabilitation methods to help people with disabilities regain mobility and basic functions
  • Improving the way human motion and muscle electrophysiology is analysed to increase the accuracy of human motion monitoring and to prevent secondary injuries 

Dr Sarah Coakley

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology at St Mary’s University. She has provided sports science support to Olympic and Paralympic athletes across a wide range of sports. More recently, she has been involved with a number of large projects funded by the UK Ministry of Defence.


Sarah’s specialist areas are:

  • Endurance training
  • Exercise prescription
  • Modelling endurance performance
  • Load carriage

MRes project areas:

Sarah would like to invite MRes candidates to complete research projects in the following three broad areas:

  • Novel methods to prescribe exercise
  • Individualised training
  • The physiological demands of load carriage