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Dylan Thompson is Professor of Human Physiology in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. Professor Thompson is also Director of Research in the Department for Health with responsibility for research management and performance.

Professor Thompson is internationally recognised for his research in physical activity, exercise and nutrition. He has a particular interest in (1) the role of adipose tissue in health and disease and (2) the use of novel wearable technologies for the assessment and characterisation of non-laboratory ‘real-world’ behaviour and function.

Current research projects include (1) a BBSRC-funded project in partnership with the European Space Agency that will examine the impact of bed rest and a nutritional ‘countermeasure’ (2) an MRC-funded project that will examine the impact of exercise and weight loss on various aspects of metabolism, including the gut microbiota and (3) a BBSRC-funded project that will examine whether exercise helps to mobilise vitamin D from adipose tissue.

Professor Thompson has authored over 100 original articles and various reviews. He has held editorial roles with several academic journals and he has served on grant panels in the UK (e.g., BBSRC, MRC) and internationally (e.g., Finland, Norway). He was an expert member for the Chief Medical Officer’s 2018 update to UK physical activity guidelines and he will be a member of panel C24 in REF2021. He is a Fellow of The Physiological Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Professor Thompson has supervised more than twenty PhD/MD students to completion and he has attracted in excess of £5 million in external funding to support his research.

Professor Thompson strongly supports public engagement activities through articles and interviews for mainstream newspapers (e.g., The New York Times, Le Figaro) and television programmes (e.g., BBC, Channel 4). He has acted as a consultant for several major multi-national companies.

Research interests

  • Physical activity, energy balance and chronic disease
  • Physical activity assessment, measurement and feedback
  • Nutrition, physical activity and adipose tissue function
  • Exercise, nutrition and metabolism (including immunometabolism)

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Projects 2006 2023


Thompson, D.


Project: Research council

ARUK Centre Renewal

Bilzon, J., McKay, C., Stokes, K. & Thompson, D.


Project: UK charity

Adipose Tissue
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Bed Rest

Research Output 1999 2019

Effect of acute hypohydration on glycemic regulation in healthy adults: a randomized crossover trial

Carroll, H. A., Templeman, I., Chen, Y., Edinburgh, R. M., Burch, E. K., Jewitt, J. T., Povey, G., Robinson, T. D., Dooley, W. L., Jones, R., Tsintzas, K., Gallo, W., Melander, O., Thompson, D., James, L. J., Johnson, L. & Betts, J. A., 28 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Applied Physiology. 126, 2, p. 422-430

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mobilising vitamin D from adipose tissue: The potential impact of exercise

Hengist, A., Perkin, O., Gonzalez, J., Betts, J., Hewison, M., Manolopoulos, K., Jones, K., Koulman, A. & Thompson, D., 7 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Nutrition Bulletin.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Adipose Tissue Dysfunction

Trim, W., Thompson, D. & Turner, J. E., 2018, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York, U. S. A.: Springer, p. 1-5

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Adipose Tissue
Intra-Abdominal Fat
Cellular Structures
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Adipose tissue responses to breaking sitting in men and women with central adiposity

Chen, Y-C., Betts, J., Walhin, J-P. & Thompson, D., 5 Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Can evolutionary mismatch help generate interest in health promotion messages?

Grey, E., Gillison, F. & Thompson, D., 1 Aug 2018, In : Health Education Journal. 77, 5, p. 515-526

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Promotion
health promotion
health information


Assessing the Hormone Response to High Intensity Exercise and Identifying Associations with Performance

Author: Toone, R., 13 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Stokes, K. (Supervisor) & Thompson, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Elite sport and education support systems: a case study of the Team Bath Judo Programme at the University of Bath

Author: Callan, M., 1 Jun 2008

Supervisor: Thompson, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Epidemiology of lifestyle behaviours and training injuries in British Army infantry recruits

Author: Robinson, M., 24 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Stokes, K. (Supervisor), Thompson, D. (Supervisor) & Bilzon, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Extended morning fasting, energy balance and human health

Author: Chowdhury, E., 22 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Betts, J. (Supervisor) & Thompson, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Influence of Habitual Smoking on Physiological Status, Physical Performance Adaptation and Injury Risk during Initial Military Training

Author: Siddall, A., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Stokes, K. (Supervisor), Thompson, D. (Supervisor) & Bilzon, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD