Cellular and Molecular Physiology of Lifelong Health: Group members

CaMP-LH has expertise in human exercise physiology, experimental models of muscle adaptation and state-of-the-art mass spectrometry for proteomic and metabolomic studies. The group encompasses:

  • Four Professors
  • Four Readers
  • Six Lecturers
  • Four Post-doctoral researchers
  • Eight Postgraduate researchers

CaMP-LH Away Day, April 2024


Professor Jatin Burniston
Research group lead and Professor of Muscle Proteomics

Email: J.Burniston@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone number: 0151 904 6265

Jatin specialises in the dynamic analysis of muscle proteomes using the stable isotope, deuterium oxide.

Professor Jonathan Jarvis
Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

Jonathan’s research interest is in the adaptation of muscle to exercise training, and the use of programmed stimulation to activate and rehabilitate weak or disused muscles.

Professor Claire Stewart
Professor of Stem Cell Biology

Claire’s research interest is in the regulators of skeletal muscle adaptation, in health and disease, with injury and disuse, in elite sport and across the ages.

Visiting Professor Stu Phillips
Professor of Kinesiology

Stuart’s research is focused on the impact of nutrition and exercise on human skeletal muscle. He is keenly interested in diet- and exercise-induced changes in body composition.


Dr Ildus Ahmetov
Reader in Genetics and Epigenetics

Ildus’ research interests include sports genomics, talent identification, behavioural genetics, obesity, nutrigenomics, sarcopenia, and longevity.

Dr Rob Erskine
Reader in Neuromuscular Physiology

Rob specialises in factors associated with physical performance and injury in male and female athletes across the age range.


Dr Dan Owens
Reader in Cellular and Molecular Exercise Physiology

Daniel investigates mechanisms to optimise muscle health and performance across the lifespan, using translational systems biology research methods.

Dr Sam Shepherd
Reader in Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition

Sam investigates the effect of manipulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism via exercise and nutrition to improve health and enhance performance.

Academic Staff

Dr José Areta

José investigates the effect of varying energy intake through manipulation of carbohydrates, protein and fat, on adaptation to exercise and physical performance.

Dr Dominic Doran

Dominic’s main research interests include the role of exercise and nutritional supplements on gastrointestinal function, as well as the role of prehabilitation and rehabilitation on cancer related outcomes.

Dr Kelsie Johnson

Kelsie’s main research interests include female physiology and metabolism, and obesity management.

Dr Richie Kirwan

Richie investigates the effect of muscle mass on cardiometabolic risk markers, and uses nutritional and exercise protocols to increase muscle mass and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

Dr Jamie Pugh

Jamie's bio to follow.


Dr Juliette Strauss

Juliette’s interest is in substrate metabolism and particularly in strategies to understand female specific physiology, metabolism and subsequent nutrition needs that influence health and performance.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr Jennifer Barrett

Jen’s research focuses on exploring exercise metabolism and nutritional interventions aimed at enhancing the health outcomes of individuals living with type 2 diabetes, as well as the impact of aging, examining both physiological and molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance and sarcopenia.

Dr Yusuke Nishimura

Yusuke uses a proteomics approach to study skeletal muscle health, including Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) and aging mechanisms.

Dr Connor Stead

Connor uses dynamic proteomics to analyse the skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise training.

Dr Hazel Sutherland

Hazel's interest is in the adaptation of skeletal muscle to exercise training and the use of programmed stimulation to activate and rehabilitate weak or disused muscles.

Group member awards

  • Best Oral Presentation - Faculty of Science Research Festival (LJMU, Feb 2024): Paige Cole
  • The Kevin Tipton Award - International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference (Manchester, December 2022): Harvey Fortis
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence - Rising Star (Faculty of Science Winner) (LJMU, December 2023): Yusuke Nishimura
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research (Faculty of Science Winner) (LJMU, December 2023): Richie Kirwan
  • Dr Vaughan Lancaster-Thomas Award - (School of Sport and Exercise Sciences) (LJMU, 2023): Tamara Prostinakova