I am a physiologist focusing primarily on how the nervous system regulates the heart and blood vessels.
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Physiology) and completed my PhD in the Department of Cardiovascular Studies, University of Leeds, under the supervision of Prof. Roger Hainsworth.
My doctoral studies investigated autonomic control of blood pressure and the reflex responses to stimulation of coronary artery mechanoreceptors. This was followed by employment as an Exercise physiologist with the National Sports Medicine Institute of the United Kingdom (1995-96) and then as Senior Physiologist with the British Olympic Association (1996-97).
Returning to academic research, I completed four years postdoctoral training in the Integrative Physiology (Hainsworth) Laboratory in Leeds. There, I studied the physiolgical role of pulmonary artery baroreceptors and developed my interest in high altitude physiology. In August 2008, after 3 years as lecturer in Biological sciences at the University of Huddersfield, I left Yorkshire and took up my current post at Bangor University.
My primary research focus is neural control and autonomic regulation of the circulation. Having spent many years studying afferent nerve endings in the heart and pulmonary arteries, I am particularly interested in how these baroreceptors generate reflex responses that regulate sympathetic nervous system activity in health and disease. In 2014, I was a British Heart Foundation Travelling Fellow at the Insitute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre where I undertook advance training in recording from nerve fibres via microelectrodes inserted into the peripheral nerves of awake humans (microneurography). Current research projects examine the influence of phyiscal (in)activity and aging and and chronic hypoxia (high altitude) on control of sympathetic vasomotor activity
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Research Fellow, Leeds School of Medicine
Visiting Researcher, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Centre (BHF Travel Fellowship)
JXC/JXH1017 Human Physiology
JXC/JXH2041 Project Proposal
JXC/JXH3001 Research Project
JXC/JXH4001 Exercise is Medicine
JXC/JXH4007 Performance Physiology
JXC/JXH4008 Supervised Experience
JXC/JXH4009 Research Project Proposal
JXC/JXH4900 Research Project
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