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John Hough

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology


Dr. Hough is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. He is Module Leader for Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology and has experience in teaching in the areas of exercise physiology; endocrinology and environmental physiology.

Career overview

Dr. Hough graduated from the University of Stirling with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Following this he completed an MSc. in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University and remained at Loughborough to complete a part-time PhD while also working as an Exercise Physiology technician. His PhD examined the endocrine responses to endurance training specifically focusing on the use of hormones as biomarkers of training stress. Following a period as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire he moved to Nottingham Trent University to take up a role as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. His research at Nottingham Trent University continues to focus on the endocrine responses to external stressors (e.g. exercise training and mental stress) and their alterations during recovery.

Research areas

Since completing his PhD he has continued to focus on the impact of stress on the endocrine and immune systems. Specifically his research focuses on the impact of stress on the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and on a number of the appetite regulating hormones.

Past postdoctoral supervisions


  • Diogo Leal (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: The Development of a short duration exercise test to highlight overreaching related alterations in endocrine, immunological and inflammatory biomarkers.
  • Josh Foster (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Over the counter drugs, cyclooxygenase and non-febrile thermoregulation: Is there cause for concern?

MSc by Research

  • Josh Thorley (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Examination of cytokine responses to a running exercise protocol following an intensified exercise training period.
  • Peter McDonald (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Investigating the effects of different cooling interventions on soccer performance utilising the iSPT in a hot environment.
  • Matt Horner (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: The effect of environmental temperature on appetite regulation and energy intake during exercise in men
  • Michael Harrison (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Examination of salivary and plasma cortisol and testosterone responses to a running exercise protocol following an intensified training period.
  • Rachel Horsfall (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Effect of environmental temperature on appetite, energy intake, acylated ghrelin and PYY concentrations during rest.
  • Joe Brooks (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Effect of acetaminophen and ginger on exercise induced pain and fatigue in the lower limb.
  • Chris Esh (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: The cumulative effects of seven days of imposed exercise on energy balance and appetite regulation.
  • Paul Mackie (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Independent effects of 7-days imposed exercise on free-living energy balance and appetite regulating hormones in males.
  • Alex Beaumont (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Left ventricular diastolic mechanics in trained athletes during submaximal exercise using speckle tracking imaging.
  • Hannah Marshall (University of Bedfordshire) - Title: Chronic Probiotic Supplementation and its Effects on eHsp72 and LPS concentration following a Desert-based Ultramarathon

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate work exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

Press expertise

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise training
  • Stress
  • Overtraining
  • Hormones and exercise