Biochemist/human metabolic physiologist by training. Formerly senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK, was appointed Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences in Ireland appointed to University of Limerick in 1995. Head of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences Department 1995 to 2000 (URL:http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-2308-2008). Foundation Principal Investigator of the Health Research Institute (https://www.ul.ie/research/hri) and Centre for Intervention in Inflammation, Infection and Immunity (https://www.ul.ie/4i/)at the University of Limerick.
Research Grants/Contracts awarded in last 5y exceeds €4.1m with €3m as lead Principal Investigator (ORCHID ID URL:http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1199-080X )
Lead PI to National Technology Centre, Food for Health Ireland, subject are Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition (www.FHI.ie ) 2010 to present. Lead PI Human Body Composition study (www.ul.ie/bodycomposition ) to present. External evaluator and PI UK MRC/Wellcome Trust BioBank study (www.ukbiobank.ac.uk ) to present.
Member: Physiological Society (UK), Nutrition Society (UK), American Society for Nutrition, Endocrine Society. European College of Sport and Exercise Science. Fellow: Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
Former Chair, Physiology Section, British Association of Sports Sciences, Foundation Chair Irish Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences, Member of Council, Biomedical Sciences Section, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.