Staff profile

Dr Matt Higgins

Associate Professor in Human Physiology


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a research active sport and exercise scientist who is passionate about the scientific underpinnings of human nutrition and metabolism. My research interests are predominantly based around the impact of a variety of nutrients/compounds on human health and sport/exercise performance. I have authored a number of high impact academic journal papers and have worked extensively with UK and International academic and industrial partners.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching focusses on the following areas:

Research interests

My primary research interests are:

I am an invited reviewer for the following journals:

Membership of professional bodies

I was awarded Academic Associate status on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr) in September 2018.


Recent conferences


Experience in industry

Prior to my academic career I spent 7 years as a Management Consultant working for global companies Accenture and Siemens. During my academic career, I have also worked extensively with industrial external partners, including (but not limited to) the following:

International experience

I am currently collaborating with external partners in Europe (Germany/Italy) and Asia (Taiwan) on a number of nutritional and metabolism orientated projects.

In the media

In addition to my academic publications I have also written the following blog articles:

Recent publications