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Biography

Dr Ross Pollock is a Lecturer in Aerospace Physiology in the Centre of Human & Applied Physiological Sciences (CHAPS) within the Faculty of Life Science and Medicine. His multi-disciplinary research spans each of the research theme within CHAPS: (i) Muscle Form & Function, (ii) Aerospace Medicine and Physiology, (iii) Movement Function & Behaviour, and (iv) Respiratory Physiology & Medicine. He is also the Co-Director for the postgraduate Aerospace Medicine courses, while also contributes to the MSc in Human and Applied Physiology and BSc in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences.

Ross holds a BSc (First class, Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde. He completed his PhD entitled “Physiological and Clinical Studies on the Effects of Whole Body Vibration” under the supervision of Prof Di Newham and Dr Finbarr Martin at King’s College London. His post-doctoral investigated the healthy ageing process through the study of highly active older adults and was completed under the supervision of Prof Stephen Harridge at King’s College London.

Ross worked at QinetiQ for 4 years following his post-doctoral studies in their Human Performance and Flight Physiology Groups. During his time at QinetiQ, he primarily worked on projects investigating long duration acceleration at the Farnborough Centrifuge. In addition, he conducted work related to aircrew performance in altitude and thermal chambers and also to understand musculoskeletal injury in aircrew.

 

Research interests

Ross is interested in understanding healthy ageing and the physiology that contributes to our decline in function and muscle mass as we age. In particular, he is interested in the role that exercise and (in)activity have in maintaining our function and performance for both healthy and clinical populations. Ross also conducts aerospace physiology related research investigating the effects that long duration acceleration, studied using human centrifuges, can have on the body and how we can protect and enhance aircrew performance in these environments.