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About Jamie Matu

Jamie first came to Leeds Beckett University (then Leeds Metropolitan) to study his undergraduate degree, graduating in 2012 with first class honours in Sport and Exercise Science, followed in 2013 by his MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Jamie then completed a fully funded PhD programme, at Leeds Beckett University, investigating the effects of environmental hypoxia on appetite regulation.

Following completion of Jamie’s PhD, he worked in two separate Research Fellow posts at the University of Leeds working on large scale funded research projects in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. He also held an honorary Research Fellow contract with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. During his post-doctoral research Jamie investigated optimal follow-up pathways after joint replacement, and advanced biomedical imaging techniques for osteoarthritis.

Currently Jamie is a Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry, based at city campus in the Nutrition and Dietetic group. He is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), holds Chartered Scientist Status (CSci), and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Outside of academia Jamie is a keen triathlete, having competed at all distances including Ironman.

Current Teaching

Module leader:

  • Nutritional Biochemistry (Level 4)
  • Human Metabolism (Level 5)
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity (Level 5)
  • Sports Nutrition (Level 6)

Other teaching:

  • Nutrition (Level 4)
  • Food and Food Science (Level 4)
  • Applied Nutrition Support (Level 7)
  • Research supervision - Dissertation (Level 6)

Jamie also delivers practical laboratory sessions within the Biomedical Science group at Leeds Beckett University. Additionally, Jamie has, and continues to, complete visiting lectures at a variety of universities across the UK.

Research Interests

Jamie is a very research active academic who has published over 20 peer reviewed journal articles. His research interests include exploring the regulation of human energy balance, with a particular emphasis on appetite and metabolism. Furthermore, Jamie has an interest in exploring the physiological responses to nutritional interventions, specifically ergogenic aids.

Jamie has particular strengths in conducting systematic reviews of literature, having recently published multiple systematic reviews and meta-analyses, with several more in preparation.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (22)

Conference contributions (15)

  • Matu J; Duckworth LC; Shannon OM; Elia A; Bradley R; Kimble R; Hinson G; Siervo M; Williams E; Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A (2019) The effects of beetroot juice on appetite, acylated ghrelin and energy intake at 4300m simulated altitude Prague 03/07/2019. Taylor & Francis.
  • Griffiths A; Deighton K; King R; Matu J; Shannon O; O'Hara JP (2019) The effect of carbohydrate supplementation on substrate oxidation during exercise in hypoxia after breakfast consumption or omission Prague 03/07/2019.
  • O'Driscoll R; Turicchi J; Beaulieu K; Scott S; Matu J; Deighton K; Finlayson G; Stubbs J (2018) How well do activity monitors estimate energy expenditure? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the validity of current technologies Leeds 10/07/2018.
  • Griffiths A; Deighton K; King R; Matu J; Shannon O; O'Hara J (2018) Substrate utilisation is altered in normobaric hypoxia, compared with normoxia when in the fasted, but not fed state Dublin 04/07/2018.
  • Deighton K; King A; Matu J; Shannon O; Whiteman O; Long A; Holliday A (2018) A single day of overfeeding does not elicit compensatory appetite or energy intake responses during the next day Vienna 23/05/2018.
  • Kimble R; Hinson G; Shannon O; Matu J; Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A; O'Hara JP (2018) The effect of beetroot juice supplementation on symptoms of acute mountain sickness and the inflammatory response to acute normobaric hypoxia Northumbria 12/04/2018.
  • O'Mahoney L; Matu J; Price OJ; Kime N; Birch K; Ajjan R; Farrar D; West D; Deighton K; Campbell M (2018) The influence of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on lipid profiles, inflammatory parameters, and blood pressure in type 2 diabetes: insights from a meta-analysis. 01/01/2018. Wiley.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.31_13571
  • O'Mahoney L; Matu J; Price OJ; Kime N; Birch K; Ajjan R; Farrar D; West D; Deighton K; Campbell M (2018) The impact of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on indices of glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: insights from a meta-analysis . Wiley.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.31_13571
  • Shannon O; Duckworth L; Barlow M; Deighton K; Matu J; Williams E; Woods D; Stephan B; Siervo M; O'Hara JP (2017) The effects of dietary nitrate on physiological responses, cognitive function, and exercise performance at simulated moderate and very high altitude Essen, Germany 05/07/2017.
  • Matu J; Deighton K; Ispoglou T; Shannon O; Duckworth L (2017) A high fat breakfast attenuates the suppression of appetite and acylated ghrelin during exercise at simulated altitude Essen, Germany 05/07/2017.
  • Husain M; Griffiths C; Schilders E; Matu J; Cooke CB (2017) Validity and Reliability of a New Hip Muscle Strength Testing Platform Cape Town 02/07/2017.
  • Husain M; Griffiths C; Schilders E; Matu J; Cooke C (2017) Strength and Range of Motion Changes Following Hip Arthroscopy Cape Town 02/07/2017.
  • Matu J; King A; Shannon O; Deighton K; O'Hara J; King R; Campbell M (2016) Six weeks of flaxseed oil supplementation does not alter substrate oxidation or energy expenditure during a simulated 15 km fell run Newcastle 19/12/2016.
  • King A; Matu J; Shannon O; Deighton K; O'Hara J; King R; Campbell M (2016) Six-weeks of flaxseed oil supplementation does not improve 5-km self-paced run-time performed 48-hours after a simulated 16-km fell run Newcastle .
  • Matu J; Deighton K; Ispoglou T; Duckworth L (2016) The effect of normobaric hypoxia on appetite, appetite regulating hormones and energy intake Vienna, Austria 06/07/2016.
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