Liverpool Skylilne

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Rob Erskine

Dr Rob Erskine

Telephone: 0151 904 6256

Biography

Dr Rob Erskine is Programme Leader for the School's new MSc in Strength and Conditioning. Rob is an exercise physiologist, interested in the adaptation of skeletal muscle and tendon to exercise and disuse, and how genetic variation and nutrition can influence these adaptations. To understand why skeletal muscle varies in size and strength, and in the way it adapts to resistance exercise, Rob investigates the genetic association with the variability in muscle size, strength and power. Rob is also interested in how nutrition and obesity can impact on muscle size, strength and quality.

Languages

Bokmål Norwegian; Norwegian Bokmål
German

Degrees

2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert FHEA
2009, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, PhD
2004, The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway, Cand. Scient.
1999, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Human Biology & German

Publications

Highlighted publications

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Drust B, Stewart C, Erskine RM. 2017. TRIM63 (MuRF-1) Gene Polymorphism is Associated with Biomarkers of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Physiol Genomics, :physiolgenomics.00103.2017 >DOI >Link

Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, Stebbings GK, Cook CJ, Raleigh SM, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2017. COL5A1 gene variants previously associated with reduced soft tissue injury risk are associated with elite athlete status in rugby. BMC Genomics, 18 :820-820 >DOI >Link

Stebbings GK, Williams AG, Herbert AJ, Lockey SJ, Heffernan SM, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Day SH. 2017. TTN genotype is associated with fascicle length and marathon running performance. Scand J Med Sci Sports, >DOI >Link

Murtagh CF, Vanrenterghem J, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2017. Unilateral jumps in different directions: a novel assessment of soccer-associated power? JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT, 20 :1018-1023 >DOI >Link

Heffernan SM, Stebbings GK, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, Morse CI, McPhee JS, Cook CJ, Vance B, Ribbans WJ, Raleigh SM, Roberts C, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2017. Fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene influences skeletal muscle phenotypes in non-resistance trained males and elite rugby playing position BMC GENETICS, 18 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Tomlinson DJ, Morse CI, Winwood K, Hampson P, Lord JM, Onambele GL. 2017. The individual and combined effects of obesity- and ageing-induced systemic inflammation on human skeletal muscle properties INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY, 41 :102-111 >DOI >Link

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2016. Genetic variation and exercise-induced muscle damage: implications for athletic performance, injury and ageing EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 116 :1595-1625 >DOI >Link

Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, McPhee JS, McMahon GE, Stebbings GK, Neale JPH, Lockey SJ, Ribbans WJ, Cook CJ, Vance B, Raleigh SM, Roberts C, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2016. Association of ACTN3 R577X but not ACE I/D gene variants with elite rugby union player status and playing position PHYSIOLOGICAL GENOMICS, 48 :196-201 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Williams AG, Jones DA, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2014. The individual and combined influence of ACE and ACTN3 genotypes on muscle phenotypes before and after strength training. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 24 :642-648 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Degens H. 2013. Muscle Growth, Repair and Preservation: A Mechanistic Approach. Bagchi D, Nair S, Sen CK. >Link

Journal Articles

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Drust B, Stewart C, Erskine RM. 2017. TRIM63 (MuRF-1) Gene Polymorphism is Associated with Biomarkers of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Physiol Genomics, :physiolgenomics.00103.2017 >DOI >Link

Murtagh C, Brownlee T, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2017. The Importance of Speed and Power in Elite Youth Soccer Depends on Maturation Status Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, >DOI >Link

Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, Stebbings GK, Cook CJ, Raleigh SM, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2017. COL5A1 gene variants previously associated with reduced soft tissue injury risk are associated with elite athlete status in rugby. BMC Genomics, 18 :820-820 >DOI >Link

Stebbings GK, Williams AG, Herbert AJ, Lockey SJ, Heffernan SM, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Day SH. 2017. TTN genotype is associated with fascicle length and marathon running performance. Scand J Med Sci Sports, >DOI >Link

Murtagh CF, Vanrenterghem J, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2017. Unilateral jumps in different directions: a novel assessment of soccer-associated power? JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT, 20 :1018-1023 >DOI >Link

Heffernan SM, Stebbings GK, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, Morse CI, McPhee JS, Cook CJ, Vance B, Ribbans WJ, Raleigh SM, Roberts C, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2017. Fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene influences skeletal muscle phenotypes in non-resistance trained males and elite rugby playing position BMC GENETICS, 18 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Tomlinson DJ, Morse CI, Winwood K, Hampson P, Lord JM, Onambele GL. 2017. The individual and combined effects of obesity- and ageing-induced systemic inflammation on human skeletal muscle properties INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY, 41 :102-111 >DOI >Link

Pitsiladis YP, Tanaka M, Eynon N, Bouchard C, North KN, Williams AG, Collins M, Moran CN, Britton SL, Fuku N, Ashley EA, Klissouras V, Lucia A, Ahmetov II, De Geus E, Alsayrafi M, Webborn N, Wang G, Bishop DJ, Papadimitriou I, Yan X, Tirosh O, Kuang J, Rankinen T, Sarzinsky M, Mikael Mattsson C, Wheeler M, Waggott D, Byrne NM, Artioli GG, September A, Posthumus M, Van der Merwe W, Cieszczyk P, Leonska-Duniec A, Ficek K, Maciejewska-Karlowska A, Sawczuk M, Stepien-Slodkowska M, Feller J, Dijkstra P, Chmutov AM, Dyatlov DA, Orekhov EF, Pushkareva YE, Shvedkaya IA, Massidda M, Calò CM, Day SH, Stebbings GK, Erskine RM, Montgomery HE, Garton FC, Houweling P, Derave W, Baguet A, Muniesa CA, Sessa F, Petito A, Sale C, Hughes DC, Varley I, Boomsma D, Bartels M, Davies GE, Ginevičienė V, Jakaitienė A, Kučinskas V, Tubelis L, Utkus A, Milašius K, Venckunas T, Skurvydas A, Stasiulis A, Malkova D, Wilson R, Koch LG, Zempo H, Naito H, Kikuchi N, Miyamoto-Mikami E, Murakami H, Miyachi M, Takahashi H, Ohiwa N, Kawahara T, Tsuchie H, Tobina T, Ichinoseki-Sekine N, Tanaka H. 2016. Athlome project consortium: A concerted effort to discover genomic and other "omic" markers of athletic performance Physiological Genomics, 48 :183-190 >DOI

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2016. Genetic variation and exercise-induced muscle damage: implications for athletic performance, injury and ageing EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 116 :1595-1625 >DOI >Link

Heffernan SM, Kilduff LP, Erskine RM, Day SH, McPhee JS, McMahon GE, Stebbings GK, Neale JPH, Lockey SJ, Ribbans WJ, Cook CJ, Vance B, Raleigh SM, Roberts C, Bennett MA, Wang G, Collins M, Pitsiladis YP, Williams AG. 2016. Association of ACTN3 R577X but not ACE I/D gene variants with elite rugby union player status and playing position PHYSIOLOGICAL GENOMICS, 48 :196-201 >DOI >Link

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Winwood K, Onambele-Pearson G. 2016. The impact of obesity on skeletal muscle strength and structure through adolescence to old age BIOGERONTOLOGY, 17 :467-483 >DOI >Link

Buckthorpe M, Erskine RM, Fletcher G, Folland JP. 2015. Task-specific neural adaptations to isoinertial resistance training SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS, 25 :640-649 >DOI >Link

Williams AG, Day SH, Lockey SJ, Heffernan SM, Erskine RM. 2014. Genomics as a practical tool in sport - have we reached the starting line? Cellular and Molecular Exercise Physiology, 3 :e6-e6

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Winwood K, Morse CI, Onambélé GL. 2014. The impact of obesity on skeletal muscle architecture in untrained young vs. old women. Journal of anatomy, 225 :675-684

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Morse CI, Winwood K, Onambélé-Pearson GL. 2014. Combined effects of body composition and ageing on joint torque, muscle activation and co-contraction in sedentary women Age, 36 :1407-1418 >DOI

Tomlinson DJ, Erskine RM, Winwood K, Morse CI, Onambélé GL. 2014. Obesity decreases both whole muscle and fascicle strength in young females but only exacerbates the aging-related whole muscle level asthenia Physiological Reports, 2 >DOI

Erskine RM, Morse CI, Day SH, Williams AG, Onambele-Pearson GL. 2014. The human patellar tendon moment arm assessed in vivo using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry Journal of Biomechanics, 47 :1294-1298 >DOI

Erskine RM, Fletcher G, Folland JP. 2014. The contribution of muscle hypertrophy to strength changes following resistance training EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 114 :1239-1249 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Williams AG, Jones DA, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2014. The individual and combined influence of ACE and ACTN3 genotypes on muscle phenotypes before and after strength training. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 24 :642-648 >DOI >Link

Li R, Narici MV, Erskine RM, Seynnes OR, Rittweger J, Pišot R, Šimunič B, Flück M. 2013. Costamere remodeling with muscle loading and unloading in healthy young men. J Anat, 223 :525-536 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Fletcher G, Hanson B, Folland JP. 2012. Whey protein does not enhance the adaptations to elbow flexor resistance training. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 44 :1791-1800 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Williams AG, Jones DA, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2012. Do PTK2 gene polymorphisms contribute to the interindividual variability in muscle strength and the response to resistance training? A preliminary report Journal of applied physiology, 112 :1329-1334 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Maffulli N, Williams AG, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2011. What causes in vivo muscle specific tension to increase following resistance training? Experimental physiology, 96 :145-155 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Williams AG, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2010. Inter-individual variability in the adaptation of human muscle specific tension to progressive resistance training European journal of applied physiology, 110 :1117-1125 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Williams AG, Stewart CE, Degens H. 2010. Resistance training increases in vivo quadriceps femoris muscle specific tension in young men Acta physiologica, 199 :83-89 >DOI >Link

Degens H, Erskine RM, Morse CI. 2009. Disproportionate changes in skeletal muscle strength and size with resistance training and ageing. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact, 9 :123-129 >Link

Erskine RM, Jones DA, Maganaris CN, Degens H. 2009. In vivo specific tension of the human quadriceps femoris muscle. Eur J Appl Physiol, 106 :827-838 >DOI >Link

Murtagh C, Nulty C, Vanrenterghem J, O'Boyle A, Morgans R, Drust B, Erskine RM. The neuromuscular determinants of unilateral jump performance in soccer players are direction-specific International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, >Link

Other

Baumert P, Lake MJ, Stewart CE, Drust B, Erskine RM. 2016. Inter-individual variability in the response to maximal eccentric exercise EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 116 :2055-2056 >DOI >Link

Erskine RM, Degens H. 2013. Muscle Growth, Repair and Preservation: A Mechanistic Approach. Bagchi D, Nair S, Sen CK. >Link

Seynnes OR, Erskine RM, Maganaris CN, Longo S, Simoneau EM, Grosset JF, Narici MV. 2009. Training-induced changes in structural and mechanical properties of the patellar tendon are related to muscle hypertrophy but not to strength gains. J Appl Physiol (1985), 107 :523-530 >DOI >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: BASES Workshop. Skeletal muscle structure & function: from the whole muscle to the gene, Position: Workshop organiser

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Honorary Senior Research Associate, Organisation: Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, University College London, URL: http://iseh.co.uk/

Fellowship title: Honorary Research Associate, Organisation: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, University College London

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Title of qualification gained: PGCert