Prior to my appointment in July, 2010, I was a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at The University of Birmingham from 2005-10 and an Assistant Professor, Dept of Surgery, Univ. of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston from 1997-2005. My postdoctoral work was under the supervision of Professor Robert Wolfe at UTMB. Teaching SPS915 Physiology of Sport and Exercise SPS9R7 Readings in Sport, Health and Exercise Science SPS9D8 Supervisor of science based dissertations
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My research focuses on exercise, nutrition and muscle metabolism in humans with emphasis on protein nutrition and metabolism in athletes, vulnerable populations, e.g. obese, elderly, and healthy volunteers. I have published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and has been invited to speak at numerous international and national conferences.I serve on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and the Journal of Sport Science. .
My interest in exercise science extends to the application of the science to athletic and other populations. I was the Sports Nutrition adviser for the Athletic Department at Auburn University and served as a Visiting Scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport in the Department of Sports Nutrition, for the International Olympic Committee on the IOC Sports Nutrition Consensus Conference committee, the FIFA, FINA and IAAF Sports Nutrition Consensus Conference committees and the UK Sport Nutritional Supplements Advisory Board. I also served on the US National Academy of Science’s, Institute of Medicine, Committee for Military Nutrition Research. I have also coached and served as fitness and nutrition advisor for amateur soccer and rugby clubs.
When I'm not researching, I like to practice what I preach by hiking with my dog, Reiver, in the Scottish hills.