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Research interests

My research interest has long been human exercise tolerance, or the ability to sustain exercise, and mechanisms of fatigue. I believe a better understanding of the physiological and behavioural limitations to exercise gives exercise scientists, clinicians, or other practitioners, looking to enhance human exercise tolerance evidence for the development of robust science-based interventions. My work finds impact in the areas of health, sport and wellbeing.

Supervisory Interests

Swimming physiology; exercise tolerance; neuromuscular fatigue, fatigue syndrome.

Lisa Schafer (current) - The effects of the interplay between acclimation state, training status and immune function from heat acclimation in endurance cyclists.

Aaron Tucknott (current) - Identification of the neural processes mediating group III/IV muscle afferent feedback in the perception of effort during exercise.

Ashley Willmott (completed in 2018) - Optimising heat acclimation state and refining strategies for the acquisition of heat adaptations.

Dr Rosie Twomey (completed in 2016) - Neurophysiological responses to rest and fatiguing exercise in severe hypoxia in healthy humans.

Dr Kerry McGawley (completed in 2010) - The application of the critical power construct to endurance exercise.

Approach to teaching

As an active researcher and consultant, I actively contribute to the design and application of research- and consultancy-informed teaching materials to foster students’ engagement, understanding of, and enthusiasm for the professional world.

I am keen to pilot different learning and teaching strategies to improve the courses I am involved with. In our postgraduate programme, I introduced a series of classroom-based Action Learning Sets for students to reflect and make the most of their Professional Enquiry experience (employability). The two MSc courses I lead today are entirely set on problem-based learning (PBL) scenarios to prepare students best for the ‘real world’. I recently piloted a PBL intervention in collaboration with the English Institute of Sport (EIS). Student feedback was excellent. It was a great experience.

Also,I would consider myself as an ‘early adopter’ of new learning and teaching technologies that I see as key for the new generation of learners. For example, supported by a Learning and Teaching Scholarship, I developed videos to support students with their use of Excel.

Some of the key areas I teach in are:

  • Exercise intensity domains and exercise tolerance
  • The muscle, the nervous systems, and exercise
  • Neuromuscular fatigue from the muscles to the brain
  • The lungs and exercise
  • The philosophy of science, scientific methods and methodologies, quantitative statistics
  • The physiology of training

Scholarly biography

Current roles

  • Postgraduate research coordinator for the School of Sport and Service Management
  • Applied Exercise Physiology MSc course leader
  • Applied Sport Physiology MSc course leader

I completed my PhD in the field of Sport and Exercise Physiology in 2003. I was then successful in an Interreg III application (£263,000) so I moved to the UK for a two-year full-time position starting in 2005. I then decided that applying Sport Science was important to me so for another four years (2007-2011), I continued my applied work as a swimming coach alongside a part-time lecturing position I secured at the University of Brighton. I moved to what is today my current full-time lecturing position in 2011.


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Research Output 2002 2019

Continuous exercise induces airway epithelium damage while a matched-intensity and volume intermittent exercise does not

Combes, A., Dekerle, J., Dumont, X., Twomey, R., Bernard, A., Daussin, F. & Bougault, V., 17 Jan 2019, 20, 1, 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Pulmonary Surfactant-Associated Protein D
Epithelial Cells

Methodological issues with the assessment of voluntary activation using transcranial magnetic stimulation in the knee extensors

Dekerle, J., Ansdell, P., Schäfer, L., Greenhouse-Tucknott, A. & Wrightson, J., 12 Feb 2019, 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Reproducibility of Results
Recovery of Function

Once- and twice-daily heat acclimation confer similar heat adaptations, inflammatory responses and exercise tolerance improvements

Willmott, A., Hayes, M., James, C., Dekerle, J., Gibson, O. & Maxwell, N., 21 Dec 2018, 6, 24, e13936.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Exercise Tolerance
Hot Temperature
Immune Tolerance

Physiological comparison of intensity-controlled, isocaloric intermittent and continuous exercise

Combes, A., Dekerle, J., Bougault, V. & Daussin, F., 5 Jul 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quadriceps Muscle
Energy Metabolism
Lactic Acid
Analysis of Variance

Activities 2016 2018

  • 2 Research degree

Optimising heat acclimation state and refining strategies for the acquisition of heat adaptations

Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), Jeanne Dekerle (Supervisor), Mark Hayes (Supervisor)
Feb 2018

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Neurophysiological determinants of fatigue in graded hypoxia

Jeanne Dekerle (Supervisor), Emma Ross (Supervisor), Neil Maxwell (Supervisor)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree