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Research interests

My research interests steam from the use of exercise to improve health. One of my main interests is how Bone responds to mechanical stress, with a view to improve bone health via exercise interventions. This includes both traditional impact exercise, which is very good for bone, and trying to utilise High-intensity Interval Training to improve bone health.

While examining how bone responds to mechanical load, I am also interested in the use of biochemical markers of bone turnover, and how these measures related to traditional x-ray measures of bone health. I am keen to examine how these measures correlate, with the view to developing more accurate screening tools for Osteoporosis.

I am also examining how participant adherence and enjoyment of exercise can be altered in order to improve how participants complete high-intensity exercise training programmes.

Approach to teaching

I currently teach a wide range of material within the school, at a variety of levels on a number of different degree schemes. I very much believe in a research-centered approach, trying to challenge students with the most up-to-date research literature, examining problems/areas that are new and exciting. 

I also like to try and engage students with learning outside of the lecture theatre or lab setting, by using a variety of interactive media such as Twitter and YouTube, to encourage students to think in different ways about material covered in class. I also want to try to encourage students to think about the research literature beyond what might be directly relevant to their assignments.

Scholarly biography

I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Heriot-Watt University in 2008, and during this time I gained experience working in both an applied, as an Assistant Fitness Coach for the Scottish Rugby Union before the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and research setting through my final year project. This developed into wanting to work in academia, after a brief dalliance with the idea of working in Medicine.

After graduating, I was fortunate enough to work for the England and Wales Cricket Board, a relationship that exists to this day, training a new generation of Young Cricket Officials. This then developed in to overseeing all Umpire and Scorer training across England and Wales. During this time, I also worked with the England Team during the 2009 World T20.

I left the ECB in January 2010 to start my PhD examining the effects of exercise and creatine supplementation on bone density, metabolism and body composition in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University. Initially only part funded, I paid my way by acting as a Teaching Assistant, as well as a Liason Officer for International Cricket Teams while they were touring the UK, spending time with the Indian “A” team and the Sri-Lanka National Team.

Following the completion of my PhD in 2014, I started working for the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences as a Lecturer in Human Physiology, teaching on the Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences and Biology (Hastings) degree schemes. In 2016 I became a Senior Lecturer in the school.

Supervisory Interests

My primary supervisory interests are in how lifestyle interventions (exercise and diet) can be used to improve health, focussing on body composition, bone and metabolic health. 

I am also interested in open science, and how we can apply these practices (including pre-registration, registered reports and pre-print publications) in order to improve access to publically funded work.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Aberystwyth University

4 Jan 201031 Dec 2013

Bachelor, Heriot-Watt University

1 Oct 20041 Jul 2008

External positions

Steering Group Member, Sport Rxiv

1 Sep 2015 → …


  • QP Physiology
  • Bone
  • Exercise

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Abstract
  • 1 Other contribution
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Method of Food Preparation Influences Blood Glucose Response to a High-carbohydrate Meal

Hodges, C., Archer, F., Chowdhury, M., Evans, B. L., Ghelani, D. J., Mortoglou, M. & Guppy, F. M., 10 Oct 2019

Research output: Other contribution

It is not Black and White: A comparison of skin tone by playing position in the Premier League and English football

Mills, J. P., Ing, C., Markham, T. & Guppy, F., 16 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 13, 3, p. 398-404

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Fluoxetine and thioridazine inhibitefflux and attenuate crystalline biofilm formation by Proteusmirabilis

Nzakizwanayo, J., Scavone, P., Dedi, C., Salvage, J., Guppy, F., Barnes, L-M., Patel, B. & Jones, B., 22 Sep 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 12222.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Proteus mirabilis

Resolution of habit-associated ecogenomic signatures in bacteriophage genomes and application to microbial source tracking

Ogilvie, L., Nzakizwanayo, J., Guppy, F., Dedi, C., Diston, D., Taylor, H., Ebdon, J. & Jones, B., 19 Dec 2017, In : ISME Journal. 12, p. 942-958 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
microbial community

High-intensity interval training: a novel method for improving bone mass

Guppy, F., Thatcher, R. & Wallace, J. A., 1 Sep 2016, p. 0-0. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access

Activities 2017 2019

  • 4 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Membership of professional body

The Society for Transparency, Openness and Replication in Kinesiology (External organisation)

Fergus Guppy (Chair)
7 Jan 2019

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

Medicina (Journal)

Fergus Guppy (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Nutrients (Journal)

Fergus Guppy (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Journal)

Fergus Guppy (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

International Journal of Sports and Medicine (Journal)

Fergus Guppy (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review