I completed an MSc in Human Movement Sciences at the University of Maastricht, followed by another MSc at the University of Aberdeen (this time in Sports Nutrition). I then returned to Maastricht for a one-year spell as a research assistant, looking at the validity of bioimpedance for assessing body composition. I subsequently did my PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Essex, investigating the effects of oxidative stress in exercise, endurance training, and tapering. My first lecturing position was at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (2003-2011), after which I spent 5 years at the University of Bath (2011-2016). I joined the University of Stirling as a Lecturer in health and Exercise Science in October 2016.