School of Sport and Health Sciences
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Robert Allan is Lecturer in Human Physiology in the Division of Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences. His main research interest is recovery from exercise, with a particular focus on mechanisms controlling recovery. His teaching duties range from Human Biology to Exercise Physiology.
Robert’s background is in human and exercise physiology. After graduating in 2009 from Liverpool John Moores University with a 1st class BSc. (hons.) in Sports Science Robert immediately completed his MSc. Sports Physiology at the same place. After gaining considerable applied and laboratory skills during his Masters year he was successful in applying for the role of Physiology Technician at LJMU, where he remained for almost 3 years.
During those 3 years, Robert searched for funding to complete a full-time PhD at LJMU, which he was successful in doing so towards the end of 2013. His PhD focussed on the mechanisms responsible for a cold-induced augmentation of the gene PGC-1alpha; the “master regulator” of mitochondrial biogenesis. This interest came from the theory that ice-baths, often used for recovery after exercise, may promote skeletal muscle adaptation.
Robert comes to UCLan with the aspiration to continue this work and importantly translate his research into meaningful teaching.
Current research activities include the investigation into mechanisms controlling a cold-induced augmentation of the gene PGC-1alpha. A number of studies are currently ongoing utilising techniques such as muscle biopsies, venepuncture and temperature measurement (including deep tissue temperature) on the acute response of the human skeletal muscle to cold water immersion post-exercise.
Other projects include the use of Cryochambers in elite professional football, optimal strategies for using Cryochambers, and the impact of different stressors on muscle glycogen. Smaller projects relating to recovery of performance using alternative recovery modalities are also ongoing.
Robert teaches on a variety of modules across all levels. Predominantly these include Physiology and Biology based modules at Levels 4 and 5.