Dr Josh Foster
Lecturer in Environmental Physiology
I am a Lecturer in Human Environmental Physiology in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. My research is primarily focused on the human physiological response to hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure. My specific interests at King's are (i) identify mechanisms of heat stroke in clinical populations, (ii) develop sustainable cooling solutions which can maintain/improve health and productivity with heat and global warming, (iii) produce new, empirically derived equations which predict health and performance responses to heat and global warming.
I completed my PhD at the University of Bedfordshire, where I investigated the impact of cyclooxygenase inhibitors on human thermoregulation. I then completed a 4-year (2017-2021) postdoctoral Fellowship at Loughborough University with Prof George Havenith. Here, I worked on a European Union Funded project investigating the impact of heat and climate change on human labor capacity. Then, I completed a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas (2021-2023), with Prof Craig Crandall.
Here, I worked on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, determining the effect of heat and cooling strategies on cardiac stress in clinical populations (burn survivors and elderly).
Josh is a leader of the course: Training Adaptations (5BBL0336).
Josh is a teacher on the following courses:
- Physiology and Anatomy of systems (4MMBS102)
- Fundamentals of Physiology (4BBL1061)