Dr Rebecca Vince

Lecturer in Health Physiology/ Programme Director, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Life Sciences


01482 463176

Dr Rebecca Vince graduated in Biomedical Science at the University of Hull in 2005 and stayed on to complete a PhD identifying novel peptide sequences which bind to MRSA for targeted photodynamic therapy of chronic wounds.


Research Interests

  • Exercise ‘prehabilitation’ to prepare people better for the stresses of surgical interventions

  • Exercise, nutritional and lifestyle interventions in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), type 2 diabetes and obesity

  • Nutrition in health, disease and sports performance / recovery

  • Endothelial response, microparticles and heat shock proteins under normal, stressed and diseased states and the potential role of exercise/diet in preconditioning to attenuate the response

  • Cell surface antigen expression as potential biomarkers of inflammation and decompression illness

Research groups

  • Exercise, Health and Sports Psychology research group at the University of Hull

  • Collaborates with colleagues from the Faculty of Health Sciences (Biomedical Sciences and HYMS) and externally with City Health Care Partnerships (Hull and East Riding).


Kirk R J, Peart D, Madden L A and Vince R V, 'Effect of strenuous physical exercise on the endothelial microparticle release in healthy individuals', European Journal of Sports Science, 14(4), pp 345-352 (2014)

Kahal H, Aburima A, Ungvari T, Rigby A S, Dawson A, Coady A, Vince R V, Ajjan R A, Kilpatrick E S, Naseem K M and Atkin S L, 'Polycystic ovary syndrome has no independent effect on vascular, inflammatory or thrombotic markers when matched for obesity', Clinical Endocrinology, 79(2), pp 252-258 (2013)

Peart D, Kirk R J, Madden L A, Siegler C J and Vince R V, 'The influence of exogenous carbohydrate provision and pre-exercise alkalosis on the heat shock protein response to prolonged interval cycling', Amino Acids, 44(3), pp 903-910 (2013)

Peart D, Siegler J and Vince R V, 'Practical Recommendations for Coaches and Athletes: A Meta-Analysis of Sodium Bicarbonate for Athletic Performance', The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(7), pp 1975-83 (2012)

Vince R V, Midgley A W, Laden G and Madden L A, 'The effect of hyperbaric oxygen preconditioning on heat shock protein 72 expression following in vitro stress in human monocytes', Cell Stress and Chaperones, 16(3), pp 339-343 (2011)

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Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise (Level 5)

  • Nutrition and Diet in Health and Disease (Level 5)

  • Ergogenic Aids (Level 6)

Research PhDs

  • Exercise / nutritional preconditioning and rehabilitation strategies in disease and prior to surgery

  • Exercise / nutritional strategies in obesity, type 2 diabetes and PCOS

  • Exercise and nutrition, particularly ergogenic aids / nutritional supplements to improve sport performance and aid in recovery

  • Exercise Biochemistry

Completed PhDs

  • Dr Matthew Northgraves, Exercise prehabilitation in colorectal cancer surgery patients : the effects on physical functioning, health related quality of life and markers of cellular protection, 2012-2015, primary supervisor in collaboration with Prof John MacFie/Mr John Hartley (HYMS), Dr Leigh Madden (Biological Sciences) and Phil Marshall (SHES)

  • Dr Chris Wilcox, The Development and Optimisation of a Hip Injury Screen and Intervention Protocol within Elite Ice Hockey Athletes, 2009-2014, primary supervisor in collaboration with Dr Hollie White (SHES)

  • Dr Richard Kirk, Endothelial function response to different modes of acute and chronic exercise in both healthy and diseased populations, 2010-2013, primary supervisor in collaboration with Dr Leigh Madden (Biological Sciences) and Prof Steve Atkin (HYMS)

  • Dr Dan Peart, The effect of exercise on heat shock protein expression and markers of oxidative stress, 2009-2012, primary supervisor in collaboration with Dr Jason Siegler (SHES)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Sam Orange, The efficacy of home based strength and conditioning interventions in an obese population, 2015-2018, pimary supervisor in collaboration with Phil Marshall (SHES) and Dr Leigh Madden (Biological Sciences)

  • Jessica Roebuck, The efficacy of home-based strength and conditioning interventions in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, 2017-2020, co-supervisor in collaboration with Phil Marshall (SHES)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Biomedical Science, Identification of MRSA specific peptides and expression of peptide containing recombinant proteins for targeted photodynamic therapy, University of Hull

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, First Class, University of Hull

External roles

  • Invited reviewer for numerous physiology, health, nutrition and biochemistry journals

Awards and accolades

  • Principal Investigator for research project, ‘Assessing the Health Economics of two home-based exercise programmes in obese adults’, £10,000 awarded by the East Riding of Yorkshire CCG (2018)