Hello and welcome to my blog…

Professor Stuart EggintonIn just over a week I will begin my trip to the Antarctic Peninsula for 3 months as part of a three year investigation of the icefish—one of nature’s great curiosities.

First of all I will start by telling you a bit about myself and my research. I am Professor Stuart Egginton, Professor of Exercise Science in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leeds. I have a BSc in Zoology at Bangor, PhD in physiology at St Andrews, awarded a Fellowship to spend 2 years in Maine (USA), various post doc positions in Birmingham before receiving a DSc from there.

I enjoy travel, especially when it allows walking in remote areas and/or the opportunity to indulge in photography. Antarctica occasionally offers great opportunities for both of these activities, when weather permits, but isolation that comes from working in remote areas is helped by great pleasure derived from reading and listening to a range of musical styles.

I began research on respiratory physiology, then switched to muscle physiology studying low temperature adaptations, eventually combining these areas by exploring cardiorespiratory adaptations to extreme challenges (low temperature, hypoxia, endurance exercise). This led to my main work that concerns the regulation of angiogenesis (growth of blood vessels) in health and disease), which brings me full circle back to where I started as this is the major determinant of peripheral oxygen transport and allows modelling of how fine scale diffusion limits muscle performance.

Over the next 3 months I will keep you up to date with latest news from the Antarctic.

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