Javier Gonzalez

BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD, FHEA, Dr

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Research interests

Javier joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in 2014 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Human Physiology before being promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2017.

Javier's research seeks to understand the interactions between nutrition and exercise in the context of health and disease. One strand of this work is to explore the role of carbohydrate availability in the regulation of energy balance, metabolic health and sports performance. A second strand aims to uncover new dietary approaches to influence the production of hormones from the gut, and thereby regulate appetite and energy expenditure.

Javier has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in journals such as Diabetes CareObesity ReviewsAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In recognition of this work, he recieved the Julie Wallace Award 2018 by the Nutrition Society. He also has editorial roles with The Journal of Physiology and Nutrition Research Reviews, and has acted as an expert panel member for the Research Council of Norway. Furthermore, Javier is the University of Bath ambassador for The Nutrition Society and The Physiological Society.

After completing a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science and an MRes in Exercise Physiology, Javier completed his PhD in 2013, which covered the areas of human nutrition, exercise metabolism, and appetite. Following this, he completed a post-doc in collaboration with the University of Maastricht and Newcastle University studying the effects of nutrition on liver and muscle metabolism.

In addition to academic work, Javier has also provided nutrition consultancy to athletes and businesses.


Research interests

  • Human Nutrition
  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Energy Balance
  • Glucose Control
  • Metabolic Health

Research funding

  • Medical Research Council
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • The Physiological Society
  • The Rank Prize Funds
  • The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Arla Foods Ingredients
  • Kenniscentrum Suiker and Voeding


  • QP Physiology
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Glucose
  • Fat Metabolism
  • Obesity
  • Energy Balance
  • Diabetes
  • Appetite

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2012 2019

20 Citations
Open Access
Liver Glycogen
13 Citations

Sucrose ingestion after exhaustive exercise accelerates liver, but not muscle glycogen repletion when compared to glucose ingestion in trained athletes

Fuchs, C., Gonzalez, J., Beelen, M., Cermak, N., Smith, F., Thelwall, P., Taylor, R., Trenell, M., Stevenson, E. & van Loon, L. J. C., 1 Jun 2016, In : Journal of Applied Physiology. 120, 11, p. 1328-1334 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
21 Citations

Ingestion of glucose or sucrose prevents liver but not muscle glycogen depletion during prolonged endurance-type exercise in trained cyclists

Gonzalez, J. T., Fuchs, C. J., Smith, F. E., Thelwall, P. E., Taylor, R., Stevenson, E. J., Trenell, M. I., Cermak, N. M. & van Loon, L. J. C., 15 Dec 2015, In : American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. 309, 12, p. E1032-E1039 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Liver Glycogen
2 Citations
Open Access
Abdominal Subcutaneous Fat
Adipose Tissue