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Prof. Philip Jakeman


Short Biography Philip Jakeman, graduated with an honours degree and research Masters Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester, UK. A C.A.S.E. research scholarship in collaboration Astra Zeneca was followed by a PhD within the Human Performance Unit of the University of Salford working as a biochemist supporting the physiological development of elite young athletes. Further human endocrine and metabolic studies of exercise in normal and clinical populations formed the basis of a PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor L.S. Bark, Vice-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Post-doctoral work, funded by Nicolas International, utilised radio-labelled drug diffusion techniques to optimise topical drug delivery through human skin. Appointed to the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham in 1989, Dr Jakeman's collaborative work with the University's Clinical Research Unit (QEMC) under the direction of Professor Martin Kendal contributed to a strong research base (HEFC rated 5* in 1996) specialising in human metabolism, pharmacological/exercise interaction and the biochemistry of exercise. Appointment as Professor of Exercise Science in 1995, Dr Jakeman moved permanently to UL in 1996 as Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences with a responsibility to develop high quality teaching and scientific research in exercise metabolism. Released from the duties of H.O.D. Dr Jakeman is the lead PI of the Sports Nutrition and Healthy Ageing Pillar of the National Technolgy Centre, Food for Health Ireland (FHI). Funded by Programme and Innovation Partnership Grants (>€5m) with Enterprise Ireland the research group conduct basic and applied research in human metabolism specialising in the interaction between nutrient intake and physical activity.


A keen sportsperson with junior representative honours in tennis and rugby, now enjoys the less demanding swing of a gold club. Passionate about sport, food, dogs and, of course, family. Has one son who also studied Biochemistry (Imperial College, London) before completing a DPhil in cancer immunology at Oxford and now CEO of the spin-out company Macrophox, cell-based therapy for cancer.

Teaching Interests

Human Physiology and Metabolism
Exercise Physiology
Physiological Limitations to High Performance Sport
Exercise Metabolism
Nutrient-exercise interaction in sport, ageing and metabolic diseases
Sports Nutrition
Peri-exercise nutrition for optimal training adaptation and sport performance

Professional Activities


  • 2012 Medical Research Council/Wellcome Trust UK Biobank Imaging Enhancement,
  • 2004 Programmatic Review Peer Group Panel, Department of Applied Biology and Chemistry, Carlow Institute of Technology,
  • 2002 Food Safety Promotion Board (FSPB) Expert Committee: Stimulant Drinks,
  • 1899 Leverhulme Trust (U.K.),
  • 1899 Medical Research Council (U.K.),
  • 1899 Wellcome Trust (U.K.),


  • 2009 Professional Member, American College of Sports medicine
  • 2006 Fellow Council Member, Biomedical Sciences Section, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
  • 2005 Professional Member Reviewer, European College of Sport sciences
  • 1984 Professional Member, Member Human Physiology Interest Group, Physiological Society
  • 1975 Member Council Member, Irish Section Local Ambassador (LA) to Biochemistry Society in Ireland, Biochemical Society


  • 1984 University of Salford - Ph.D.
  • 1978 University of Manchester - MSc
  • 1975 University of Salford - B.Sc.


  • 1981 University of Salford, Manchester, UK - Reserach Fellow


  • - Member, Glanbia Scientfic Advisory Group. Advisory body to Glanbia Nutritionals
  • - Member, Scientific Advisory Group, Glanbia Nutritionals


Conference Publication


Active Healthy Aging Sports Science and Neuroscience Conference
Francis, P., Mc Cormack, W., Lyons M. and Jakeman P.


Physiological Society Topic Meeting - 'Ageing and Degeneration: A Physiological Perspective'
Francis, P., Toomey, C., McCormack, W., Lyons, M. and Jakeman, P.

Other Journal


Age-group differences in the performance of selected tests of physical function and association with lower extremity strength.
Francis, P., Mc Cormack, W., Lyons, M., & Jakeman, P.
The Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy


Voluntary contractile rate of torque development in healthy older women: Measurement of, association with functional tasks and response to intervention.
Francis, P., Mc Cormack, W., Lyons, M., & Jakeman, P.
Advances in Skeletal Muscle Function Assessment

Other Publication


Effect of 6 month supplemental milk protein intake on lean tissue mass in healthy adults aged 50 to 70 years
Norton, C,Toomey, C,McCormack, W,Francis, P,Jakeman, P
Proceedings Of The Nutrition Society DOI: 10.1017/S0029665115001998


A Review of Body Composition Measurement in the Assessment of Health
Toomey, CM,Cremona, A,Hughes, K,Norton, C,Jakeman, P
Topics In Clinical Nutrition DOI: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000017


Peer Reviewed Journal


Muscle strength can better differentiate between gradations of functional performance than muscle quality in healthy 50â€'70 y women
Francis, P. and McCormack, W. and Toomey, C. and Lyons, M. and Jakeman, P.
Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy DOI: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2017.06.013


Measurement of muscle health in aging
Francis, P,Lyons, M,Piasecki, M,Mc Phee, J,Hind, K,Jakeman, P
Biogerontology DOI: 10.1007/s10522-017-9697-5


Measurement of maximal isometric torque and muscle quality of the knee extensors and flexors in healthy 50-to 70-year-old women
Francis, P,Toomey, C,Mc Cormack, W,Lyons, M,Jakeman, P
Clinical Physiology And Functional Imaging DOI: 10.1111/cpf.12332


Optimization of an in vitro bioassay to monitor growth and formation of myotubes in real time
Murphy, SM,Kiely, M,Jakeman, PM,Kiely, PA,Carson, BP
Bioscience reports DOI: 10.1042/BSR20160036


Raman spectroscopy of fingernails: A novel tool for evaluation of bone quality?
Cummins, NM; Day, JCC; Wren, A; Carroll, P; Murphy, N; Jakeman, PM; Towler, MR
Spectroscopy-An International Journal DOI: 10.3233/SPE-2010-0471


Cellular immune activity in response to increased training of the elite athlete
Jakeman, P. and Hopkins, D. and Warrington, G.
Journal of Physiology