Dr Iain Gallagher

Lecturer in Health & Exercise

Sport University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Iain Gallagher

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About me

I completed my PhD in immunology at the University of Edinburgh (2006) before moving fields to work in transcriptomics and human physiology at Heriot-Watt University (2007). From there I moved to a post doctoral position in the Medical School of the University of Edinburgh (2009) where I continued research into human muscle pathology as well as developmental biology. I returned to Immunology with a post doctoral position at the Roslin Institute (2011) before taking up my current post at the University of Stirling.

Event / Presentation

Invited Speaker - Chronic disease & Skeletal Muscle; Exercise Metabolism Research Methods Course, ISMAI, Porto, Portugal
Invited talk to students and Faculty from ISMAI and beyond on the chronic and metabolic disease changes in skeletal muscle.

Invited Speaker - Exercise as medicine; CIDESD International Congress, ISMAI, Porto, Portugal
Invited talk on exercise as medicine and why different people might respond differently to exercise interventions.

Invited Speaker - Statistical Cautions & Caveats; Exercise Metabolism Research Methods Course, ISMAI, Porto, Portugal
Invited talks to PhD students and Faculty at ISMAI about common statistical misunderstandings when interpreting results from studies, how to identify these misunderstandings and how to minimise the chance you make simple statistical mistakes.

Invited Speaker - Transcriptomics in cancer cachexia; SCWD 13th annual Cachexia Congress, Maastricht
Invited talk on using transcriptomic/genetic methods to uncover the basic biology underlying muscle and fat wasting in association with cancer.

Other Academic Activities

Reviewer for Journal of Sports Sciences


Reviewer for Journal of Applied Physiology


Reviewer of Aging Journal


Reviewer for PLoS Genetics


Grant reviewer for Doctor Hadwen Trust

Professional membership

Associate Faculty Member of F1000 Prime
F1000Prime (f1000.com/prime) is a post-publication peer review service that identifies and evaluates the top 2% of research in biology and medicine.

Member of Physiological Society

Research (4)

My research involves using high throughput technology to examine mRNA and microRNA changes in a variety of biological contexts spanning pathology, aeging, development and immunology. These projects involve microarray, RNA-sequencing, qRT-PCR, western blotting, cell culture and bioinfomatics. Collaborations include Professor James Timmons (Kings College London), Dr Janet Kung and Professors Kenneth Fearon and James Ross (Department of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh) and Professors Olav Rooyackers and Thomas Gustafsson (Karolinska Institute).


A Programme of Research Projects to Test the Efficacy and Bioavailability of an Omega 3 Emulsion on Exercise Metabolism and Performance in Cyclists
PI: Dr Iain Gallagher
Funded by: Ketolife Ltd

Protein Deficiency, sacropenia and cardiometabolic risk in older urban black Cape Town populations: feasibility studies
PI: Professor Angus Hunter
Funded by: Medical Research Council

Fish Oil Supplementation for Health and Performance
PI: Dr Iain Gallagher
Funded by: SmartFish

Muscle microRNA expression in response to tumour burden
PI: Dr Iain Gallagher
Funded by: The Physiological Society

Outputs (50)



Refalo MC, Hamilton DL, Paval DR, Gallagher IJ, Feros SA & Fyfe JJ (2021) Influence of resistance training load on measures of skeletal muscle hypertrophy and improvements in maximal strength and neuromuscular task performance: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39 (15), pp. 1723-1745. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2021.1898094


Mendham AE, Goedecke JH, Micklesfield LK, Brooks NE, Faber M, Christensen DL, Gallagher IJ, Lundin-Olsson L, Myburgh KH, Odunitan-Wayas FA, Lambert EV, Kalula S & Hunter AM (2021) Understanding factors associated with sarcopenic obesity in older African women from a low-income setting: a cross-sectional analysis. BMC Geriatrics, 21 (1), Art. No.: 247. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-021-02132-x


Willis CRG, Gallagher IJ, Wilkinson DJ, Brook MS, Bass JJ, Phillips BE, Smith K, Etheridge T, Stokes T, McGlory C, Gorissen SHM, Szewczyk NJ, Phillips SM & Atherton PJ (2021) Transcriptomic links to muscle mass loss and declines in cumulative muscle protein synthesis during short-term disuse in healthy younger humans. FASEB Journal, 35 (9), Art. No.: e21830. https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.202100276RR


Pina I, Mendham AE, Tomaz SA, Goedecke JH, Micklesfield LK, Brooks NE, Gallagher IJ, Crockett R, Dudchenko P & Hunter AM (2021) Intensity Matters for Musculoskeletal Health: A Cross-Sectional Study on Movement Behaviors of Older Adults from High-Income Scottish and Low-Income South African Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (8), Art. No.: 4310. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084310


Odunitan-Wayas FA, Faber M, Mendham AM, Goedecke JH, Micklesfield LK, Brooks NE, Christensen DL, Gallagher IJ, Myburgh KH, Hunter AM & Lambert EV (2021) Food Security, Dietary Intake, and Foodways of Urban Low-Income Older South African Women: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (8), Art. No.: 3973. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083973


Bass JJ, Kazi AA, Deane CS, Nakhuda A, Ashcroft SP, Brook MS, Wilkinson DJ, Phillips BE, Philp A, Tarum J, Kadi F, Andersen D, Garcia AM, Smith K & Gallagher IJ (2021) The mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy in response to transient knockdown of the vitamin D receptor in vivo. Journal of Physiology, 599 (3), pp. 963-979. https://doi.org/10.1113/jp280652


Jeromson S, Mackenzie I, Doherty MK, Whitfield PD, Bell JG, Dick JR, Shaw A, Rao F, Ashcroft SP, Philp A, Galloway SD, Gallagher IJ & Hamilton DL (2018) Lipid remodelling and an altered membrane-associated proteome may drive the differential effects of EPA and DHA treatment on skeletal muscle glucose uptake and protein accretion. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 314 (6), pp. E605-E619. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00438.2015


Jensen K, Gallagher IJ, Kaliszewska A, Zhang C, Abejide O, Gallagher MP, Werling D & Glass EJ (2016) Live and inactivated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium stimulate similar but distinct transcriptome profiles in bovine macrophages and dendritic cells. Veterinary Research, 47, Art. No.: 46. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13567-016-0328-y


Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Alves-Wagner AB, Hirshman MF, Gallagher IJ, Constantin-Teodosiu D, Atkins R, Greenhaff PL, Qi NR, Gustafsson T, Fielding RA, Timmons JA, Britton SL, Koch LG & Goodyear LJ (2013) Resistance to aerobic exercise training causes metabolic dysfunction and reveals novel exercise-regulated signaling networks. Diabetes, 62 (8), pp. 2717-2727. https://doi.org/10.2337/db13-0062


Attout T, Martin C, Babayan SA, Kozek WJ, Bazzocchi C, Oudet F, Gallagher IJ, Specht S & Bain O (2008) Pleural cellular reaction to the filarial infection Litomosoides sigmodontis is determined by the moulting process, the worm alteration, and the host strain. Parasitology International, 57 (2), pp. 201-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.parint.2008.01.001


Nair MG, Gallagher IJ, Taylor M, Loke P, Coulson PS, Wilson RA, Maizels RM & Allen JE (2005) Chitinase and Fizz family members are a generalized feature of nematode infection with selective upregulation of Ym1 and Fizz1 by antigen-presenting cells. Infection and Immunity, 73 (1), pp. 385-394. https://doi.org/10.1128/IAI.73.1.385-394.2005



I teach on the BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Science programme:
SPSU9D3 (Human Anatomy & Physiology 1) (Module Coordinator)
SPSU9D4 (Human Anatomy & Physiology 2) (Contributor)
SPSU915 (Physiology of Sport & Exercise) Contributor)
SPSU9C5 (Sports Medicine, Health & Wellbeing) (Contributor)
BIOU6AC (The Animal Cell) (Contributor)
SPSU9HP (Advanced Methods in Physiology Research) (Contributor)
SPSU9B7 (Research Methods in Sports & Exercise Sciences)
SPSU9RS (Research Project in Sports & Exercise Science) (Module Coordinator)

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