Dr Lewis Macgregor

Lecturer in Physiology and Nutrition

Sport Cottrell Building room 4V6: University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Lewis Macgregor

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About me

About me

I graduated with BSc in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Stirling in 2012, before completing my PhD in 2016. I completed 2 years post-doctoral research with SportScotland: Scottish Institute of Sport, where my work helped GB athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2018 I joined the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport as a Lecturer. In this role I currently contribute to the delivery of a number of modules on Sports Studies and Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate programmes, and supervise MPhil and PhD research postgraduates.

My research interests reach from elite athlete training, recovery and preparation for competition, to maintenance of muscle mass and function as contributors to healthy ageing. This work has supported Scottish athletes towards medal success at Commonwealth, European, World, and Olympic level. My teaching focuses mostly on applied exercise science and muscular/ neuromuscular systems.

Community Contribution

STEM @ The Helix

Falkirk Community Trust

Pint of Science

Regional Organising Committee

Event / Presentation

Evidence-based Practice in Sport: The Case for Tensiomyography (TMG)

Symposium organiser and Keynote Speaker

Other Academic Activities

ECR Forum

Editorial Board
Advances in Skeletal Muscle Function Assessment

European Journal of Applied Physiology; Experimental Brain Research; International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance; Journal of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology; Journal of Neural Engineering; Journal of Sports Sciences; PeerJ; Physiological Measurement; PLOS One; Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports; Sensors; Sports Medicine

Professional membership

American College of Sports Medicine

European College of Sports Science

International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology

Physiological Society

UK Ageing Network
MyAge Muscle resilience across the life course: from cells to society

Professional qualification

Fellow of HEA
Higher Education Academy

ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist

Level 3 Phlebotomist
Venepuncture for Non-Diagnostic Research

University Contribution

Stirling Crucible
Organising Committee


My research interests focus on muscle function and motor control in relation to exercise and to healthy living:
athletic performance, preparation, and recovery;
age- and illness-related decline in muscle mass;
management of musculoskeletal pain.

In particular I am interested in the link between cognitive function and motor control across the adult lifespan; and in how elite athletes' muscles function (or fail to function) so effectively.

My recent research has helped support SportScotland athletes to prepare for and compete at major international tournaments.

I work within:
Physiology, Exercise & Nutrition Research Group and the Mobile Cognition research programme

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Wilson MT, Hunter AM, Fairweather M, Kerr S, Hamilton DL & Macgregor LJ (2023) Enhanced skeletal muscle contractile function and corticospinal excitability precede strength and architectural adaptations during lower-limb resistance training. European Journal of Applied Physiology, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-023-05201-8


Mackay J, Bowles E, Macgregor LJ, Prokopidis K, Campbell C, Barber E, Galloway SDR & Witard OC (2023) Fish oil supplementation fails to modulate indices of muscle damage and muscle repair during acute recovery from eccentric exercise in trained young males. European Journal of Sport Science, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2023.2199282


Alkhedhairi SAA, Aba Alkhayl FF, Ismail AD, Rozendaal A, German M, MacLean B, Johnston L, Miller AA, Hunter AM, Macgregor LJ, Combet E, Quinn TJ & Gray SR (2022) The effect of krill oil supplementation on skeletal muscle function and size in older adults: A randomised controlled trial. Clinical Nutrition, 41 (6), pp. 1228-1235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2022.04.007



I teach modules throughout the Sport & Exercise Science BSc programme.

Module co-ordinator:

SPSU9BM (Biomechanics and Motor Control II)
SPSU9AE (Applied Exercise Physiology)

Module contributions:

SPSU712 (Introduction to Sports Studies II)
SPSU8K4 (Biomechanics and Motor Control I)
SPSU9EP (Physiology of Sport and Exercise)
SPSU9SM (Sports Medicine Health and Wellbeing)
SPSU9R7 (Readings in Sports and Exercise Sciences)
SPSU9HP (Advanced Methods in Human Physiology Research)
SPSU9RS (Research Project in Sports and Exercise Sciences)


Sport Learning and Teaching Officer
Responsible for enhancing the student experience and learning and teaching practice within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, for supporting academic colleagues’ pedagogic development, training, and induction, and for developing and evaluating holistic academic services to support the student experience.

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