Dr Henry Chung

School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Henry Chung



Henry's background is in Sport & Exercise Sciences, where he completed his BSc (2012 - 2015) and MSc (2015 - 2016) at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge in Exercise Physiology and training on health and fitness. Following this, Henry worked at Addenbrookes hospital’s Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS), in Epidemiology for the University of Cambridge (UoC) (2016 - 2018). In this role Henry aided the management of projects and dealing with robotics, laboratory work, and external companies, to support the completion of large-scale research projects for the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cambridge. He left the MRC Epidemiology Unit to pursue a doctorate, where he was awarded the Vice Chancellor Scholarship fund. Now successfully completed and awarded a Ph.D in Exercise Physiology and Genetics (2018 - 2021). During this time, Henry achieved the Higher Education Academy (HEA) award and became a mentor, supervisor, tutor, and Associate Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition for the School of Psychology and Sports Science, at Anglia Ruskin University. Henry has a passion for sports and exercise. During his time at ARU he was the 1st team Captain for the Men's Basketball team playing in both Bucs div 2, national league div 2. He was also a part of the high-performance Men's Judo team, competing nationally and for BUCS, where he won Gold in the London Open. In his spare time, he competes for a 5-a-side football league at Goal Soccer Centre and has partaken in competitive PC and Console E-Sport / Gaming.


  • PhD Anglia Ruskin University,

  • MSc Anglia Ruskin University,

  • BSc Anglia Ruskin University,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer (R), School of Sport, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences (SRES), University of Essex (10/1/2022 - present)

Other academic

  • Associate Lecturer in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University (2/3/2020 - 2/11/2020)

  • PAL Leader for Research Methods, Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University (1/1/2020 - 2/3/2020)

  • Laboratory Research Technician, MRC Epidemiology Unit - Addenbrookes hospital, University of Cambridge (9/1/2017 - 22/8/2018)

  • Research Assistant, School of Psychology and Sport Science, Anglia Ruskin University (1/7/2014 - 1/9/2014)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The effects of E-sport and gaming on health

E-sport and gaming has had a massive increase in attention and participation. Most serious gamers spend hours per-day playing on computers and console. What implications does this have on key health markers?

Key words: E-sport

Current research

Cross-acclimation from heat stress to hypoxia: a systematic review and exploratory meta-analysis.

This systematic review and exploratory meta-analysis is the first to present a comprehensive overview of the current literature investigating the effect of HA on the physiological, perceptual and performance outcome measures during rest, submaximal and maximal exercise in subsequent hypoxic conditions.

The Influence of Gene Specific Alleles on Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improvements Following a Home-Based Endurance Training Program

Empirical study where key genetic markers may determine the increase in phenotype observation within previously untrained UK adults. Allele-specific genotypes will be taken after an 8-week endurance intervention ti improve cardiorespiratory fitness. This project aims to assess the inter-individaul differences within training and how much of this is caused by the genotypes of the subgroups.

Effectiveness of nutrients on exercise induced muscle damage

Invitation to write and publish and article for Fuctional Sport Nutrition (FSN) magazine (May collection / edition).

COVID-19: Social Distancing and Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents

The introduction of the lockdown and social distancing policy has the potential to restrict access to physical activity, change exercise behaviour and to increase sedentary behaviour. This study was conducted with the support of British Blind Sport and evaluates the impact of this policy on blind and visually impaired UK adults.

Can allele-specific genes explain the inter-individual differences within muscular strength gains?

Genes have shown to be associated with many physiological and psychological factors and pathways. Recent research has established this with endurance training in a UK-based population. However, in strength training is still yet to be explored in a great enough detail.

Active Urbanism: Metabolic rate and oxygen consumption comparison between encouraging walking on steppingstones versus conventional pavements.

Anna is a final PhD student the university of Cambridge (UoC). We are working together on a manuscript comparing steppingstone walking to conventional pavements and how this effects the physiology of that person and if it is advantageous to them to do so. If so, is this is a consideration for Architects in urbanism.
More information about this project

Green tea supplementation on fat burning and genetics

Working with a research team lead by Dr Justin Roberts. I have been asked to do the genetic and statistical analysis for this funded project based in ARU Cambridge in 60 participants.

Conferences and presentations

Active Urbanism: Metabolic rate and oxygen consumption comparison between encouraging walking on steppingstones versus conventional pavements.

18th inter-nation conference on urban health ICUH, Valencia, Spain, 10/8/2022

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Skills and Development 1 (SE101)

  • Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism (SE103)

  • Anatomy and Physiology (SE105)

  • Exercise Physiology (SE203)

  • Training Techniques and Assessment of Athletes (SE208)

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (SE230)

  • Research Project (SE309)

  • Developmental Issues in Sport and Exercise (SE737)

  • Research Project (SE740)

  • Personalising Health and Performance Nutrition (SE769)


Publications (1)

Chung, HC., Keiller, DR., Roberts, JD. and Gordon, DA., (2021). Do exercise-associated genes explain phenotypic variance in the three components of fitness? A Systematic review & Meta-analysis

Journal articles (9)

Swain, P., James, E., Laws, JM., Strongman, C., Haw, S., Barry, G., Chung, HC. and Gordon, D., (2023). COVID-19: self-reported reductions in physical activity and increases in sedentary behaviour during the first national lockdown in the United Kingdom. Sport Sciences for Health. 19 (1), 139-146

Strongman, C., Swain, P., Chung, H., Merzbach, V. and Gordon, D., (2022). COVID-19: Social Distancing and Physical Activity in United Kingdom Residents With Visual Impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 116 (6), 806-816

Boldina, A., Chung, HC., Santos, AMC. and Steemers, K., (2022). Active urbanism: heart rate and oxygen consumption comparison when walking on imitation steppingstones versus a plain surface. Cities and Health, 1-18

Chapman, S., Chung, H., Trott, M., Smith, L. and Roberts, J., (2021). Nutritional supplements to reduce muscle damage and enhance athlete recovery: What is the physiological evidence?. Physiology News (122)

Chung, HC., Keiller, DR., Roberts, JD. and Gordon, DA., (2021). Do exercise-associated genes explain phenotypic variance in the three components of fitness? a systematic review & meta-analysis.. PLoS One. 16 (10), e0249501-e0249501

Chapman, S., Chung, HC., Rawcliffe, AJ., Izard, R., Smith, L. and Roberts, JD., (2021). Does Protein Supplementation Support Adaptations to Arduous Concurrent Exercise Training? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis with Military Based Applications.. Nutrients. 13 (5), 1416-1416

Gordon, D., Swain, P., Keiller, D., Merzbach, V., Gernigon, M. and Chung, H., (2020). Quantifying the effects of four weeks of low-volume high-intensity sprint interval training on V̇O2max through assessment of hemodynamics. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 60 (1), 53-61

Gordon, DA., Merzbach, V., Scruton, A., Roberts, J. and Chung, H., (2017). The Effects Of 4-weeks Hiit And Continuous Based Training On The Incidence Of Plateau At Vo2max And The Anaerobic Capacity. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49 (5S), 998-998

MCDONALD, K., TSUKADA, M. and Chung, H., (2016). Understanding the female judoka’s “coach–athlete” relationship: a British perspective. Archives of Budo. 12 (1)

Thesis dissertation (1)

Chung, H., (2022). Genotypes and phenotypes: implications of exercise on the inter-individual differences in biological responses