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Research interests

I completed my both my undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Science and my PhD in exercise physiology at the University of Bath, with a couple of years in between spent as an applied sports scientist and then as a research assistant. My PhD research focussed on muscle health and ageing. Specifically, I examined exercise interventions to maintain and improve muscle function (power and strength), and muscle size, in healthy older adults both in everyday life and during short periods of dramatically reduced physical activity. This work was featured in the BBC’s ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ TV series in 2018.

I balanced my PhD research with a general teaching assistant role, teaching on physiology and biomechanics modules of our BSc and MSci degree programmes.

I spent 1 year as a research associate managing an industry funded clinical trial investigating the impact of micronutrients on blood lipids after a high fat meal.

I am now working on a BBSRC-funded project with Prof Dylan Thompson, Prof James Betts, and Dr Javier Gonzalez. This novel and exciting work will examine whether exercise helps to mobilise vitamin D from adipose tissue, and potentially alleviate vitamin D deficiency in overweight adults to improve health.

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Research Output

Exercise Snacking to Improve Muscle Function in Healthy Older Adults: A Pilot Study

Perkin, O. J., McGuigan, P. M. & Stokes, K. A., 3 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Aging Research. 2019, p. 1-9 9 p., 7516939.

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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., 1 Mar 2019, In : Nutrition Bulletin. 44, 1, p. 25-35 11 p.

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4 Citations (Scopus)

Habitual physical activity levels do not predict leg strength and power in healthy, active older adults

Perkin, O., McGuigan, M., Thompson, D. & Stokes, K., 2 Jul 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 7, p. 1-12 12 p., e0200089.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    A reduced activity model: a relevant tool for the study of ageing muscle

    Perkin, O., McGuigan, P., Thompson, D. & Stokes, K., Jun 2016, In : Biogerontology. 17, 3, p. 435-447

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


    The role of physical activity in maintaining muscle health in healthy older adults

    Author: Perkin, O., 2018

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD