Prof Gareth Davison

sports research at ulster

Professor Gareth Davison


Gareth is currently Professor of Exercise Biochemistry and Physiology within the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute at Ulster. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Hons) in 1996 and an MSc in 1997. He was awarded his PhD in Biochemistry and Physiology in 2002 and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Professor Davison has published widely in the area of Exercise Biochemistry and Medicine, and his work can be read in many high impact factor journals such as Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Free Radical Research, Diabetologia, Diabetes, Medicine and Science in Sport andExercise and Clinical Science. He is the current Director of the Exercise Biochemistry and Physiology Research Laboratories at Ulster.  Professor Davison is extremely pro-active with regards development in technology and knowledge transfer, having worked with several national and international companies in product design and development. He has attracted significant grant income and has conducted many successful research projects with local government agencies and global international companies and organisations. Professor Davison has a successful record of PhD student completions and is currently supervisor to 7 full-time PhD students. He has examined postgraduate research degrees at several national (Ireland and UK) and international universities. 

Research Interests

Professor Davison’s research interests include cellular and peripheral free radical production in exercise, health and disease. In particular, he is interested in DNA, lipid and protein oxidation (oxidative stress) and the effects of antioxidant supplementation on gene expression and exercise in diabetes. He is also interested in the metabolomic and proteomic effects of exercise and their relationship to oxidative stress.  Professor Davison collaborates with many national and international scientists of world-leading research institutes and centres of excellence in order to conduct innovative experimental research regarding the basic mechanisms associated with oxidative stress in health and disease. 

  • Exercise-Induced DNA Modification
  • Exercise and Lipid Oxidation in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Aging
  • Effects of Exercise and Nutritional Supplementation on Post Hip Fracture Patients
  • Effects of Exercise and Lycopene Ingestion on Oxidative Stress, Endothelial Dysfunction and Glucose Metabolism
  • Effects of Exercise Training on Cardiovascular Disease Risk
  • The Effects of Exercise Intensity on Oxidative Stress, Gene Expression and Vascular Function.

External Relationships

  • Journal of Sports Sciences – Nutrition and Biochemistry Section Editor
  • World Journal of Diabetes – Editorial Board Member
  • ISRN Nutrition – Editorial Board Member
  • Grant Reviewer - Heart Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, Dunhill Medical Trust, Chief Scientist Office – Scottish Government.
  • Regular Manuscript reviewer for: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Clinical Science, Experimental Physiology, American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, European Journal of Applied Physiology, American Journal of Hypertension, Journal of Physiology, Pharmacological Research, Free Radical Research,  Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Food Biochemistry, Obesity, Metabolism, Journal of Sports Science, High Altitude Biology and Medicine, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Annals of Human Biology and BMC Public Health.


Teaching Areas

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Exercise Nutrition
  • Exercise and Health


Contact Details

Professor Gareth Davison

Professor of Exercise Biochemistry and Physiology
School of Sport
Room 15C01C
Campus: Jordanstown

Tel: 028 90366664