Liverpool Skylilne

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Kirsty Roberts

Dr Kirsty Roberts


PhD Title: Effects of tea on peripheral and cerebral micro- and macrovascular function in humans.

Supervisory Team: Dr David Low, Dr Nicola Hopkins, Professor Dick H. J. Thijssen

Kirsty graduated with first class honours in sports therapy and received two academic awards for Dissertation of the Year and Academic Achievement of the Year. After completing her undergraduate degree, Kirsty worked as Lead Sports Therapist and Pitch-side Manager at St. George's Park, the Football Association's National Football Centre. Following this, Kirsty embarked on her PhD at LJMU in collaboration with Unilever Research and Development. Kirsty's research focus is to explore the role of polyphenols on cardiovascular health, specifically the effects of tea and tea-derived flavonoids on the vascular tree.

Outside of research, Kirsty enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis and keeping active. Kirsty is also a keen amateur photographer.


2013, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Academic appointments

Post-doctoral Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present


Journal article

Woodward KA, Draijer R, Thijssen DHJ, Low DA. 2018. Polyphenols and Microvascular Function in Humans: A Systematic Review. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 24 :203-226 >DOI >Link

Roberts KA, van Gent T, Hopkins ND, Jones H, Dawson EA, Draijer R, Carter HH, Atkinson CL, Green DJ, Thijssen DHJ, Low DA. 2017. Reproducibility of four frequently used local heating protocols to assess cutaneous microvascular function MICROVASCULAR RESEARCH, 112 :65-71 >DOI >Link

Woodward KA, Hopkins ND, Draijer R, de Graaf Y, Low DA, Thijssen DHJ. 2016. Acute black tea consumption improves cutaneous vascular function in healthy middle-aged humans. Clin Nutr, >DOI >Link

Woodward KA, Unnithan V, Hopkins ND. 2015. Forearm Skin Blood Flow After Kinesiology Taping in Healthy Soccer Players: An Exploratory Investigation JOURNAL OF ATHLETIC TRAINING, 50 :1069-1075 >DOI >Link


Roberts KA. Effects of Tea on Peripheral and Cerebral Micro- and Macrovascular Function in Humans Low D, Hopkins N, Thijssen D.

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Effects of green tea consumption on micro- and macrovascular function under metabolically challenging conditions in healthy men, 8th International Conference on Polyphenols and Health, Qu├ębec City, Canada, Oral presentation 03/10/2017

Acute black tea consumption improves cutaneous vascular function in healthy middle-aged humans., Physiology 2016, a joint meeting of the American Physiological Society and The Physiological Society., Dublin, Ireland, Poster presentation 28/07/2016

Effect of Kinesiology tape on forearm skin blood flow., European College of Sports Science., Barcelona, Spain, Oral presentation 26/06/2013


Academic Achievement of the Year Award 2013, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University

Dissertation of the Year 2013, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University

External collaboration:

Nutrition and Health, Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands, Richard Draijer

Membership of professional bodies:

Regular Member, British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES)

Regular Member, The UK Physiological Society

Regular Member, The American Physiological Society

Member of the Society of Sports Therapists, Society of Sports Therapists

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), Higher Education Academy