Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research Group

The Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research Group (SENPHRG) that brings together a diverse array of researchers from across the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

Our research aims to investigate the impact of sport, nutrition and exercise on health, well being, disease and human performance as well as the influence of human behaviour and public health initiatives on long term health through inter-disciplinary research.

Our research expertise spans a wide range of areas including the effect of sport, exercise and nutrition at the cellular and molecular level, and their contribution to health and well being, biomechanical, nutritional, physiological, pharmacological and psychological factors that affect human performance, and the influence of public health initiatives on human behaviour and vice versa.

We work with sport professionals, clinicians, regulatory bodies, patients and fellow researchers, both national and international, from the worlds of academia and industry to advance knowledge and understanding of factors that are major contributors to human performance and the health and well being of individuals and populations.

Our research support includes a range of bodies and organisations including: the MRC/National Prevention Research Initiative Phase 4; the World Anti-Doping Agency; the Food Standards Agency; The British Academy; the Department for Business Innovation & Skills; the Laboratory of the Government Chemist; the National Measurement Office; the London Development Agency; Neal's Yard Remedies; GlaxoSmithKline; South West London Academic Network; The Organix Foundation; Kingston University Enterprise Investment Fund; EU FP6; ESRC.

Research themes

Our research is focused into three main themes, namely:

  1. Physical activity, health and well-being
    Hannah Moir, James Brouner, Judith Allgrove, Beth Pummell, Declan Naughton, Nicola Swann, Andrea Petroczi
  2. Sport Performance
    Owen Spendiff, Beth Pummell, Nick Tiller, Michelle Manning, Laura Martinelli, James Brouner
  3. Nutrition and Public Health
    Elizabeth Opara, Mike Stolinski, Declan Naughton, Andrea Petroczi, Judith Allgrove, Pedro Barra, Calli Mistry, Hilda Mulrooney


Safe You

The Safe You research project was conducted by a consortium of global experts across five countries. It investigated the use of performance and appearance enhancing substances (PAES) in 16–25 year-olds, showing a variety of use patterns, motives and attitudes towards these substances.

A second phase, Safe You+ will run until 2018.

Contact us

For more information about the Research Group, please contact Hannah Moir or Elizabeth Opara.

Core members

Honorary members

  • Chris Easton (Sport and Exercise Science) University of West Scotland
  • Ann-Marie Knowles (Sport and Exercise Science) University of Strathclyde
  • Magali Chohan (Nutrition) St Mary's University
  • Katie Dray (Sport and Exercise Science) Canterbury Christ Church University

Current research students

  • Besim Ali (MSc - Sport and Exercise Science) 
  • Pablo Domene (PhD - Sport and Exercise Science) 
  • Chris Howe (PhD - Sport and Exercise Science) DOS: Dr Hannah Moir
  • Ricky James (PhD - Life Sciences)
  • Bamdad Padidar (PhD - Life Sciences) 
  • Rishi Patel (PhD - Sport and Exercise Science) DOS: Dr Owen Spendiff
  • Joel Paul (PhD - Life Sciences)
  • Katharina Poppel (PhD - Life Sciences)
  • Ezra Rashid (PhD - Life Sciences)
  • Danny Rich (MSc by Research - Life Sciences)
  • Kelly Jane Robertson (PhD - Life Sciences)
  • Nella Sole (MSc by Research - Life Sciences)
  • Julie Vargo (PhD - Life Sciences)
  • Niousha Yarandi (PhD - Life Sciences)

Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research Group