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Nicolas Berger

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20052020

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Academic Biography

Dr Nicolas Berger is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. After completing a BSc in Sport Science at the University of Brighton, he went on to an MSc in Exercise Physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he also completed 2 years of his PhD. He then transferred to the University of Exeter where he completed his PhD entitled ‘The Effects of Fitness and Training on VO2 Kinetics’.

Nicolas’ main research interests lie in the determinants of endurance exercise performance, and he has a growing list of publications in the area. He’s published in esteemed international peer reviewed science journals, such as the ‘Journal of Physiology’, ‘Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise’, and the ‘Journal of Applied Physiology’. As an active cyclist, he has a strong interest in this growing sport, and has worked with numerous athletes, ranging from cycling to boxing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, athletics, and triathlon to name a few. Nicolas has supported some unusual events, such as the World record for a 7-day continuous run on a treadmill set by Sharon Gayter, as well as ascents to various mountains, and challenges set in extreme climates. He has a broad range of sporting and scientific interests, and his main focus is on elite sports performance, training adaptations, recovery, environmental physiology, nutrition and ergogenic aids.

Summary of Research Interests

Nicolas’ research interests are varied and focus on analysing and optimising running, ultra-endurance and cycling performance. He is also interested in what effects nutritional strategies, supplements and ergogenic aids have on exercise performance and recovery. He is working with local athletes and cycling clubs, is keen to collaborate with others interested in the areas endurance, ultra-endurance, and extreme events.

He is interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of elite sports performance, endurance exercise, improvements and limitations to performance and training, sports nutrition, environmental physiology, and oxygen uptake.

Nicolas has supervised 2 PhDs in the past and is currently working with a PhD student examining the optimisation of training strategies in cyclists. He is keen to be Director of Study for full-time or part-time PhDs. He teaches exercise physiology and environmental physiology for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

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