Alison Carlisle

Alison Carlisle

  • B040 Parkstead House, Whitelands


Research activity per year

Personal profile


I am an experienced technician working in the Department of Life Sciences and have worked in a range of labs. At the moment I specialise in motion analysis and run the Biomechanics lab for the Sport and Exercise BSc and Msc programmes. I support a wide range of students from level 1 to postgraduates including those studying for PhD. I also support all the research and enterprise activities in the laboratory.



Research interests

I am interested in the musculoskeletal effect of ageing on activities of daily living and the relationship to physical activity.

I have previously worked on ambient air pollution and exercise and I am occasionally invited to peer review articles for scientific journals in this area.

Research projects

Enterprise activity:

Achieved accreditation by BASES as a Sport and Exercise Scientist in 2006.
From 2001 to 2006 - providing physiological support to elite tri-athletes and cyclists alongside coach and club level cyclists.
Summer and autumn 2000, fitness testing fire fighters.

Grants awarded:

In 2009 I was awarded a Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (2009) from Roehampton University for project Enhanced support for students with common lab procedures and techniques. This involved developing videos of lab skills to enhance student learning. The project was presented at a workshop at the Supporting Learning and Teaching conference June 2010 and published in Developments journal (2010).
For non-academic staff exchange visit to Grand Valley State University, Michigan USA (1999)

Professional affiliations

Member of BASES - the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (1997)
Associate of the Higher Education Academy (2009)
Member of the Institute of Biology (1993)
Member of the International Society of Biomechanics (2011)


My career has given me experience of teaching and learning. I have lectured a number of topics: air pollution and exercise, risk assessment, health screening, accidents and emergencies, risk stratification cardiovascular physiology, homeostasis, and have marked laboratory assessments. I regularly run workshops on a range of topics: filming for biomechanical analysis, using Peak software, fitness assessment protocols, and a range of other skill demonstrations in support of the sport and exercise science degree programmes. I deliver one-to-one and small group sessions for students of all levels and staff on lab skills to support them with their research and dissertation projects.

Research support:

I have worked directly with a number of academic staff on their research, most notably:

  • Professor Raymond Lee on fall detection using a mobile phone.
  • Dr Siobhan Strike on turning.
  • Dr Siobhan Strike and Changiz Mohiyeddini on the effect of emotion and gait.
  • Dr Ceri Diss on life time physical activity and musculoskeletal health.
  • Ms Bridgitte Swales and Mr Tom Reeve on the effect of protein-carbohydrate drink on recovery and fatigue in endurance exercise.
  • Mrs Jackie Dabinett on the validation of a job related fitness test.
  • Dr Helen Carter on oxygen uptake kinetics.