Ruth James

Ruth James

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Ruth James is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and has research interests in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. She is Module Leader for first year Principles of Training and second year Research Design and Analysis, both of which are taken by all Sports undergraduate students.

Career overview

Dr James completed her PhD at Loughborough University under the supervision of Professor Ron Maughan. She then worked at NTU as a Research Fellow for 3 years before moving into her current position in the Sports Science team.

Research areas

Dr James is currently involved in research including muscle and bone metabolism, nutritional interventions for health and performance as well as having interests in fatigue and thermal physiology.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD in the School of Science and Technology exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Invited reviewer for:

  • Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
  • Amino Acids
  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
  • Chronobiology International
  • Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism

Invited consultant to the Diet and Physical Activity Program within the Department of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.

Member of:

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

  • The Ministry of Defence (UK)
  • Volac
  • Natural Alternatives International
  • Dr Craig Sale, Dr Gareth Cave and Dr Simon Cooper of NTU
  • Dr Claire Minshull
  • Professor Ron Maughan, Dr Phillip Watson and Dr Lewis James all of Loughborough University; with Professor Bruno Gualano, Professor Guilherme Artioli and Dr Bryan Saunders of the University of Sao Paulo; and Professor Roger Harris of Junipa Ltd.


Selected publications (under the name of Hobson)

  • Whey protein addition to carbohydrate-electrolyte drink does not influence post-exercise rehydration. Hobson RM and James LJ, (Accepted to Journal of Sports Sciences)
  • Effect of whey protein on post-exercise rehydration. James LJ, Mattin L, Aldiss P, Adebishi O and Hobson RM. Amino Acids, 2014, 46, 1217–1224
  • Effect of sodium bicarbonate supplementation on 2000m rowing performance. Hobson RM, Harris RC, Martin D, Smith P, Macklin B, Elliott-Sale K and Sale C. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2014, 14, 139-144
  • Effect of ß-Alanine, with & without sodium bicarbonate, on 2000m rowing performance.  Hobson RM, Harris RC, Martin D, Smith P, Macklin B, Gualano B and Sale C, International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2013, 23, 480-487
  • Acute tryptophan depletion does not improve endurance cycling capacity in a warm environment. Hobson RM, Watson P and Maughan RJ, Amino Acids, 2013, 44, 983-991
  • Effects of ß-alanine supplementation on exercise performance: a meta-analysis. Hobson RM, Saunders B, Ball G, Harris RC and Sale C. Amino Acids, 2012, 43, 25-37
  • Hydration status and the diuretic action of a small dose of alcohol. Hobson RM and Maughan RJ, Alcohol and Alcoholism 2010, 45, 366-373
  • Exercise capacity in the heat is greater in the morning than in the evening in man. Hobson RM, Clapp EL, Watson P and Maughan RJ, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2009, 41, 174-180

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Press expertise

Dr James is able talk to the press regarding:

  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Thermoregulation
  • Fatigue during exercise