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Personal profile


Neale joined the University of Roehampton in September 2010 and is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Life Sciences. Prior to this, Neale has held roles as programme director for BSc Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Psychology programmes (2016-2019), Acting Head of the Sport and Exercise Science Reserach Unit (2013-2014), Senior Lecturer (2013-present), Lecturer (2010-2013), and visiting researcher at Loughborough University (2012). Neale completed his PhD in Neuromuscular Function at Loughborough University (2007-2010), his MSc in Human Movement at the University of Western Australia (2006), and his BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University (2001-2004).



PhD, Neuromuscular Function 2007-2011, Loughborough University

M.Sc., Human Movement; 2006-2007, University of Western Australia

B.Sc. (Hons), Sport and Exercise Science; 2001-2004, University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Neale mainly studies the neuromechanics and physiology of human skeletal-muscle strength in-vivo, with a particular interest in explosive muscle strength - the ability to rapidly produce force, which is functionally important in daily movement and sports performance. Neale's work also assessess how these factors are affected by training, disuse, limb amputation, injury, and heat. Neale employs a range of laboratory techniques in his research, including dynamometry, electromyography, electrical stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, ultrasonography and mathematical modelling. Neale is also leading research into the application of the critical power model of endurance performance to team sport activity for the purposes of monitoring player fitness and workload. If you are interested in completing a PhD with Neale please contact neale.tillin@roehampton.ac.uk

Research projects

  • Application of critical power modelling to team sport (STATSport sponsored project)
  • Strength assessment and recovery following ACLR (PhD Mags Deasy, Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin)
  • The neuromechanics of rapid muscle force production (PhD, Federico Castelli)
  • The effects of hyperthermia on neuromuscular function (PhD, Ralph Gordon)
  • The effects of disuse on quadriceps muscle strength and neuromuscular function, in individuals with unilateral transtibial amputees (completed PhDs, Amy Sibley and Sarah Moudy)

Professional affiliations

  • European College of Sport Science
  • Physiological Society


Neale contributes to the teaching of exercise physiology, neuromuscular function, and athletic training on a number of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.


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Research Output

  • 22 Article
  • 9 Conference contribution
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Foot strike alters ground reaction force and knee load when stepping down during ongoing walking  

Moudy, S., Tillin, N., Strike, S. & Sibley, A. R., 24 Dec 2019, In : Gait and Posture.

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Ingestion of lean meat elevates muscle inositol hexakisphosphate kinase 1 protein content independent of a distinct post-prandial circulating proteome in young adults with obesity

Barclay, R., Beals, J. W., Drnevich, J., Imai, B. S., Yau, P. M., Ulanov, A. V., Tillin, N., Paluska, S. A., Watt, P. W., De Lisio, M., Burd, N. A. & Mackenzie, R., 31 Oct 2019, In : Metabolism Journal . p. In press doi.org/10.1016/j.metabol.2019.153996.

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The Effects of Long-Term Muscle Disuse on Neuromuscular Function in Unilateral Transtibial Amputees

Sibley, A., Strike, S., Moudy, S. & Tillin, N., 4 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : EXPERIMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Determinants of- and training for- explosive strength

Neale Tillin (Speaker)

24 Apr 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Advice on exercise and strength training during COVID19 lockdown (short videos)

Neale Tillin (Speaker)

Mar 2020

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

Rocky Mountain Muscle Symposium

Neale Tillin (Speaker)


Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Society of Biomechanics

Neale Tillin (Speaker)


Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference



Quadriceps strength asymmetry in transtibial amputees and able-bodied: mechanisms and association with movement

Author: Sibley, A., 10 Dec 2019

Supervisor: Strike, S. (Supervisor) & Tillin, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis