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Research interests

My research interests concern human metabolism and the effects of exercise, nutrition and environmental factors on key regulatory processes. I am particularly interested in the factors regulating body composition and the effects this has on health. I use a range of technologies and methods to address research of problems concerning health, e.g. obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, across the lifespan.  I use stable isotope technology to measure the rate of processes involved in protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. I also have research experience in cell and molecular physiology.

 I have supervised or co-supervised 20 Ph.D., MPhil and MD students with projects relevant to human function. Recent projects have investigated Achilles tendinopathy, heat effects on the elderly, exercise effects on stem cell function and the response of fat and carbohydrate metabolism to hypoxia and exercise.

I received my BSc from the University of Nottingham, my Ph.D. from the University of Hull. I did my first postdoctoral fellowship at the Univesity of Hull and my second at the Univesity of Dundee. I then was appointed to a Wellcome Trust lectureship in stable isotope technology before moving onto a further funded research post at Dundee, then to an established lectureship in the Department of Physiology at the University of Dundee. In 2001 I was appointed the head of Sport and Exercise Science at the Univesity of Brighton. I have been here as a Reader since then.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Hull

1 Sep 197830 Aug 1981

Bachelor, University of Nottingham

22 Sep 19749 Jul 1977

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Projects 2018 2020

Physiological Monitoring of Firefighters & Instructors

Richardson, A., Watkins, E., Watt, P. & Hayes, M.


Project: GrantResearch

Research Output 1985 2018

A new occupational heat tolerance test: A feasibility study

Watkins, E. R., Gibbons, J., Dellas, Y., Hayes, M., Watt, P. & Richardson, A. J. 5 Sep 2018 78, p. 42-50 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Feasibility Studies
heat tolerance
Protective Clothing
protective clothing

Fire Service Instructors' Working Practices: A UK Survey

Watkins, E., Hayes, M., Watt, P. & Richardson, A. 4 May 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surveys and Questionnaires
Activities of Daily Living
Hot Temperature
Metabolic Equivalent
Transgender Persons

Practical pre-cooling methods for occupational heat exposure

Watkins, E., Hayes, M., Watt, P. & Richardson, A. 14 Feb 2018 70, p. 26-33 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Occupational Exposure
Hot Temperature

Preparation for and recovery from fire exposure and heat illnesses

Richardson, A., Hayes, M., Watt, P. & Watkins, E. 1 Sep 2018 35 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Activities 2009 2017

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