Dr Wallis is an Exercise Scientist with major interests in Nutrition and Metabolism. He studies dietary influences on exercise metabolism, with a particular focus on macronutrients and their roles in performance, training adaptation and health.
Fundamental problems Dr Wallis is trying to solve?
1. Fatigue during endurance exercise - fatigue is clearly a multifactorial process, but the availability and accessibility of carbohydrate (or lack thereof) has been implicated in the capacity to sustain strenuous endurance exercise. Research is focussed on developing strategies that improve the use of dietary carbohydrates for performance enhancement. Active areas of interest:
.Factors affecting utilisation of ingested carbohydrates during exercise
.Factors affecting storage of dietary carbohydrate before and after exercise
Research in this area is expected to impact upon nutritional guidelines for athletes and sports nutrition product development within the food and drink industry.
2. Exercise for health - exercise is proven to benefit many aspects of health underlying mechanisms remain to be fully defined, and some individuals display a less than expected health promoting response to exercise training. Research is focussed on understanding how exercise exerts system-wide benefits, and identifying strategies to maximise the benefits for all individuals. Active areas of interest:
.Fed vs. fasted-state exercise
.Exerkines as mediators of salutary effects of exercise
Research in this area is expected to impact upon the refinement and optimisation of public health physical activity recommendations.
Self-funded students only. Dr Wallis is happy to discuss supporting scholarship applications a student may have identified that could provide PhD funding. Students should have a background in exercise or nutrition with strong empahasis on physiology or metabolism.
Students interested in pursuing a PhD in one of the areas above are welcome to make contact with Dr Wallis for an informal discussion.
If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.