Postgraduate community

Postgraduate community

Here at the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences, we have a vibrant post graduate student community to whom we provide an exciting and supportive environment to pursue graduate studies. You will benefit from access to a world-class, health and life sciences laboratory environment with industry standard research and teaching facilities. You will become a part of a multi-professional team of renowned academics, researchers and clinicians.

Current students

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Mahnoor Adil Effect of Hypoxia (Low Oxygen) on Macropharge Gene Expression Dr Bernard Burke
Ellis Baderinwa Crizotinib induced cardiotoxicity and potential strategies to reduce observed damage Dr Afhab Hussain
Victoria Barton Motor competence and the isotemporal substitution of physical activity, sedentary time and sleep in children Dr Cain Clark
Chris Ross (part-time) The effects of carbohydrate and caffeine ingestion on intermittent sprint cycling in the heat Dr Neil Clarke
Austine Ehibhatiomham Investigating the thermostability and activity of Dypib manganese active-site mutants from Pseudomonas fluorescents Pf-5 towards lignolytic substrates Dr Sebastien Farnaud
Sophie Fletcher Assessment of the cardiac work-loop to identify drug-induced changes in contractility using rat papillary muscles Professor Helen Maddock
Louise Gates Psycho-social Interventions for Adults with Intellectual Disabilitiy and Associated Mental Health Conditions Dr Laurence Baldwin 
Richardo Goncalves- Martins Cognitively-demanding physical activity effects on cognition and academic performance in primary school children Dr Emma Eyre
Peter Griffin Modelling activation of the CGRP receptor Professor Christopher Reynolds
Phillip Heritage (part-time) Physiologyical Responses to seat Angle in Sit Cross-Country Skiing (funded by AAEC Community College) Dr Sam Oxford
Thomas Hames What are the Athletic Performance Implications of a Life Saving Organ Transplant on the Body? Dr Mike Price
Raja Idris TBC Professor Helen Maddock
Hateem Kayani Effect of Hypoxia (Low Oxygen) on Macrophage Gene Expreession - Development of New Hypoxia Targeted Gene Therapy Strategies Dr Bernard Burke
Fatmah Khalefah The effects of hypoxia on LPS-induced IL-10 gene expression in macrophages Dr Kate Harvey
Chelsey Lawson Fundamental movement skills, physical activity and motivation for physical activity in British primary school children Professor Michael Duncan
Lorena Mejuto Miranda Acyl Protein Thioesterases, Substrate Interactions, Pathophysiology  Dr Jennifer Greaves
Sophie Mowle The Effect of Recreational Football Training on Health and Fitness Markers in Older Adults   Professor Michael Duncan 
Richard Morgan Intrinsic rick factors in development and academy players for prolonged participation in rugby Dr Michael Price
Sheriden Morley Psycho-Social Interventions for the Treatment of Depression Dr Laurence Baldwin 
David Mutigwa Cardiac injury miRNA profile in cancer patients treated with radiotherapy Dr Hardip Sandhu
Kayleigh Orchard The molecular basis of human tendon pathologies: Studying both epigenetic and global gene expression profiles Dr Stu Raleigh
Angela Polenco TBC Dr Elizabeth Bailey
Nicole Pratt TBC Dr Sam Oxford
Harriet Rehmert (nee Ng) The effect of head-up tilt on consciousness for persons in a severe prolonged disorder of consciousness Dr Doug Thake
Hassan Sadozai (part-time by publication) Dissection of the tumour microenvironment in human cancers using in silico methods Dr Bernard Burke
Sharn Shelley The effects of age and obesity on contractile function of skeletal muscle Dr Jason Tallis 
Karl Spiteri  Physical activity and sedentary behaviour during retirement transition in Maltese Civil Servants (funded through the Maltese Government) Professor David Broom
Charles Steward Hot water immersion as an adjunct to exercise training Dr Tom Cullen
Ryan Tamilio Can caffeine be used as an effective nutritional supplement to enhance the effects of resistance training Dr Neil Clarke
Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Sara Anisi Development of a leukocyte activity assay to predict COVID-19 disease severity  Professor Derek Renshaw
Elena Bini The Effects of COVID-19 on Transplantee's Relationship with Sport and Home Exercise Dr Mike Price
Holly Brown The gut microbiome as a predictor of COVID-19 disease severity  Professor Derek Renshaw 
Francesca Denton Remotely prescribed and monitored home-based clinical exercise rehabilitation during imposed movement restrictions due to public health crises Dr Gordon McGregor
Michael Fishwick A study into improving virus-load measurement and preventing false negative in detection Professor Sebastien Farnaud
Rebecca Fowler The impact of personal protective equipment (PPE) worn during the COVID-19 pandemic on health care workers performance and risk of heat stress  Dr Sarah Davey 
Natalia María Galán- López Heat illness and health of emergency first responders wearing personal protective clothing in hot weather during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond   Dr Benjamin Lee
Colby Glover Does vitamin D enhance Covid-19-relevant in vitro immune responses in leukocytes from Caucasian and South Asian individuals?  Dr Honglin Dong
Beau Harris Military heat stress management: Exploring the role of inter-individual factors and previous SARS-CoV-2 infection on heat strain during military tasks  Dr Benjamin Lee
Jarod Zvartau Hind Effect of Hypoxia on Macrophage Responses to Coronaviruses Dr Bernard Burke
Ludovico Pipito Molecular modelling of SARS-CoV-2 – ACE2 interactions and drug discovery of potential disruptor Dr Giuseppe Deganutti
Ruth Postlethwaite An investigation of immune system activity in obese/diabetic  following an exercise intervention Professor Michael  Duncan
Sophie Power WE are active and In this toGetHer (WEIGH) Professor David Broom
Mushidur Rahman Novel echocardiography methods to quantify cardiac structural and functional implications of Covid-19  Professor Djordje Jakovljevic
Roxana Rujan Molecular Dynamics Applied To G Protein Coupled Receptors Professor Christopher Reynolds
Sophie Russell  Cardiovascular implications and physical activity in middle-age and older people with a history of Covid-19 Professor Djordje Jakovljevic
Andrei Sandu Virucidal activity of novel Nano-Engineered impregnated filters Dr Phillip Gould
Alexander Waddell Development and Evaluation of a Home-Based Exercise Programme in People with Peripheral Arterial Disease   Dr Amy Harwood
Tal Weizmann Novel approaches to the structure, allostery and drug binding of proteins relevant to SARS-Cov2 infection Professor Christopher Reynolds
Rory Williams Novel Therapeutics to treat Covid-19 Dr Phillip Gould
Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Max Lyons Donegan Optimising sled loading to promote the development of explosive power in elite youth soccer players  Dr Jason Tallis
Andy Frampton Neuromuscular Activation Characteristics and Injury Risk Analysis In Elite Female Footballers Dr Neil Clarke
Alexandra Kirby The effects of superhero media on male body image: An exploration of attentional biases and mediating factors Professor Mike Duncan
Zachary Taylor Examining the visual search strategies and cognitive processes of skilled golfers during preparation and execution of short game shots Dr Neil Clarke
David Walkland Characterising the cooling capability of a liquid cooled suit for use in EOD operations in hot ambient conditions Dr Doug Thake

The Centre supports a range of co-funded PhD studentships for Business. They provide financial support for collaborative projects by contributing matching funds for a research studentships, which covers the fees and living costs for the student and contributes to research costs.

The project is developed by the business with support from the University. The industrial partner will have a highly motivated and qualified graduate student to undertake research that they, in collaboration with the supervising scientist, can direct to ensure all research goals are met.

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies Sponsor
Lee Bunch Injury causation in elite cyclists with a proposed focus on the relationship between neck strength and concussion Dr Sam Oxford British Cycling
Alex Dallaway The Effects of Health Ageing on Muscle Morphology, Strength and Biomechanical Function of the Lumbar Spine in Younger and Older Men Professor Michael Duncan University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW)
Clara Ferreira (part-time) The Role of Somatostatin Receptors in the Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumours Professor Derek Renshaw Abcam
Alex Edward Georgiou (part-time) Synovial fluid and its effects of mesenchymal stem cells Dr Phillip Gould Cell Therapy Sciences (CTS)
Alexandru Ifode Beetroot Betanin as Natural Antioxidant and Anti-Cancer Agent: effect of betanin on proliferation of epithelial and colorectal cancer lines Dr Igor Morozov Agrial Fresh Produce
Richard Kite Developing and Monitoring Performance Characteristics in Academy Footballers Dr Neil Clarke Coventry City Football Club (CCFC)
Matthew Lamaudiere Active Gut Microbiota; the missing link in treating colon cancer Dr Igor Morozov University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW)
Adam Linekar Understanding the excitation contraction coupling of human myocardium using the work loop assay Professor Helen Maddock InoCardia
Jorge Lopez- Fernandez An integrated intervention model to improve behavioural change involving an active lifestyle in inactive populations Dr Elizabeth Horton Inglesport Go-Fit 
Richard Powell  High-intensity interval training in coronary artery disease: a secondary analysis of cardio-metabolic health data from a multi-centre RCT Dr Gordon McGregor University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW)
Daniel Ray Bioleaching of Metals from Waste Printed Circuit Boards for Precious Metal Recovery and Reduced Toxicity Dr Sebastien Farnaud Network 2 Supplies Ltd (N2S)
Ismael Serrablo Torrejon Structured Exercise interventions to improve lipid profile in inactive adults Dr Elizabeth Horton Inglesport Go-Fit
Estera Sevel (MSCR) Evaluating the Startwell Programme for Movement and Eating Behaviours in Pre-Schoolers  Professor Michael Duncan Birmingham Community Healthcare
Brett Staniland An integrated intervention model to improve cardiovascular risk factors in inactive populations Dr Elizabeth Horton Inglesport Go-Fit
Patrick Tran Optimisation and validation of inotropic afterload and preload responses of the human myocardium Professor Helen Maddock University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW)
Nadja Willinger Member acquisition and retention strategies for the UK physical activity sector Dr Elizabeth Horton UK Activepwo
Elliott Woolmer An Assessment of Biomarkers to Measure Immune Responses, Changes in Fitness and Fatigue in Elite Soccer Players Across a Season Dr Jason Tallis Birmingham City Football Club

The Centre has been successful in several Trailblazer Studentships which are co-funded from the doctoral college for CU researchers to undertake transformative, cross-disciplinary, cross-national, and cross-sector research.

The calls are aligned to the University’s Research Strategy, the Global Challenges Research Fund, the Industrial Strategy, Stern and Dowling Reviews, and UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Prospectus. The scheme supports Early-Career Researchers develop their research practice and work together as teams.

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Ahmed Abdelmageed Saad Elwakeel The Role of NF-kBin Tumour-Associated Dendritic Cells Dr James Bennett
Campbell Menzies Hot water immersion as an adjunct to exercise training Dr Tom Cullen
Jayini Thakore The failure of oncometabolites to adapt the type 2 diabetic heart and kidneys to hypoxia Dr Mike Dodd

Coventry University have a number of Cotutelle PhD programmes with international universities.

One of these is with Deakin University (Australia) which offer research students with an unparalleled international experience, working alongside world-class researchers across two continents. Cotutelle students start the programme at either Coventry or Deakin Universities depending on their chose project and spend one year at the partner institution. As a result they gain unique exposure to different cultural and scientific environments and substantially increase their employability after graduation.

The Centre currently has four PhD students studying through this route:

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Inimfon Essiet Dose Response Effects of a Fundamental Movement Skill Intervention on Motor Competence, Physical Activity and Health of Girls in Australia Professor Michael Duncan
Theresa Heering Effects of Motor Competence Interventions on Childrens’ Physical Activity and Health Professor Michael Duncan
Alethea Jerebine The risk of playing it safe: The trade-off between children’s health and injury when providing challenging play environments to children Professor Michael Duncan
Jiani Ma Effects of Motor Competence Interventions on Childrens’ Physical Activity and Health Professor Michael Duncan


The University also has a Cotutelle arrangement with Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the Centre currently supporting two PhD students through this scheme:

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Gestel Kuyler Polymers for G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) isolation and investigation Professor Mark Wheatley
Rebecca Murray Using lipid nano-particles to study G-protein-coupled receptors Professor Mark Wheately

Coventry University has been working with the Indonesian government to develop a progragramme to recruit PhD candidates who are funded by the Ministry of Research, Technology and HE (MoRTHE or often known as DIKTI in Bahasa) and Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

The candidates are lecturers of colleges and universities across Indonesia, who are looking to upgrade their qualifications to doctoral level. This is part of a strategic drive to improve the Higher Education sector as a key enabler for human capital development. The Centre has been successful in securing one of the fully funded scholarships:

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Ratna Yuliani Isolation and Characterisation of Active Antimicrobial Compounds from Longan Leaves (Dimocarpus longan) and in-vivo Studies of Their Antimicrobial Activity Professor Sebastien Farnaud

Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) Studentships

Coventry is one of 15 universities in the UK to receive EU-funding as part of University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA). The Centre has been successful is securing two of these prestigious awards. 

The DTA is the UK’s largest doctoral training programme of its kind, was launched in 2015 to create a new model closely aligned to industrial strategy and priority challenges, producing industry-ready graduates. The training aims to produce independent, highly-employable researchers with expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas:

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Ayesha Judge Investigating the multi-organ protective role of the incretin hormones Dr Mike Dodd
Saffron Peck Identification and characterisation of vesicular and non-vesicular secretory proteins which lead to altered cell polarity dynamics Dr Chris Mee


In addition, the Centre has been awarded a prestigious DTA3/COFUND PhD Studentship which extends the existing doctoral training initiatives in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy internationally, with the support of a grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme.

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies
Caroline Lozahic CUAB02 - Adaptive mRNA processing mechanisms in the heart at Coventry University Dr Hardip Sandhu


Our PGR success stories

Name Thesis Title Director of Studies Graduation Date
Matthew Roberts MSCR Dr Mike Price November 2020
Catherine Grimley TBC Dr Elizabeth Bailey  July 2020
Chloe Japgal An investigation into cellular oxidative stress and ROS in sickle cell patients and its reversal with a range of natural and novel antioxidants Dr Yvonne Elliott July 2020
Refik Kuburas The Investigation of the cardioprotective properties of Metformin during Sunitinib-induced cytotoxicity Dr Hardip Sandhu July 2020
Nikita Price Understanding what works in local exercise referral schemes – Data & Evaluation Hub (co-funded by UKactive) Dr Elizabeth Horton July 2020
Sehar Sajid Investigating the role of Annexin A1 protein in obesity and associated inflammation Professor Derek Renshaw July 2020
Pavneet Singh Tumourigenesis the change in the rate of transcription upon decay factor KD Dr Igor Morozov July 2020
Charlotte Hall Understand the relationship between physical activity, fundamental motor skills and obesity in preschool children Professor Michael Duncan April 2020
Josh Hurst The effect of increased whole body adipose tissue and or local muscular lipid accumulation on the mechanical function of isolated skeletal muscle Dr Jason Tallis April 2020
Scott McGuire Investigating the acute exercise response in end-stage renal disease; from theory to practice (co-funded by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) Dr Elizabeth Horton April 2020
Leanne Walker Understanding Fundamental Motor Skill development, physical activity and obesity in primary school children from ethnic backgrounds Dr Emma Eyre April 2020

Testimonials: Studying at CSELS

My PhD has been jointly funded by Coventry University and the NHS. Working within the metabolic unit on an area which has provided experience of managing clinical trials, I have really developed my skills and experience for the role I will be undertaking post PhD.

Corbin Griffen, PhD Student

I love having a diverse supervisory team at CSELS, who have encouraged me to develop a strong project by enabling me to see my project from different perspectives. 

Alexander Dallaway, PhD Student
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