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Dr. Stuart Raleigh

  • Job title: Associate Lecturer (Human Biosciences)
  • Department: Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences

General information

Stuart is a biochemist who graduated from the University of York in 1991 before starting his research career at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College in London the following year. In 1998, he received his PhD for conducting research into variant Cytochrome P450s (CYPs) that could metabolise novel anticancer prodrugs under hypoxic conditions. After postdoctoral work at the University of Leicester's School of Medicine, he moved to the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences (2002–2005) where he investigated the role of genetic variability as a risk factor for hypertension and heart disease.

In 2005, Stuart was appointed as Lecturer in human biology at the University of Northampton. In 2006, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and in November 2011 he became a Reader in Molecular Biology within the University’s Division of Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences. His research interests continue to focus on genetics, epigenetics and biochemical mechanisms of disease. He is specifically interested in identifying genetic variants that influence the risk of musculoskeletal soft tissue pathologies, such as tendinopathy and ligament ruptures. He is also initiating work on the link between miRNA expression and various age-related chronic diseases.

Stuart is a Member of the British Society for Genetic Medicine, the Biochemical Society and he currently leads the University of Northampton’s Centre for Physical Activity and Chronic Disease (PACD). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and he is Section Editor (Genomics theme) for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine.


Undergraduate contributions:

  • Single and Joint Honours BSc Human Bioscience (course leader, 2006-2010)
  • Single and Joint Honours BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • Single and Joint Honours BSc Biology

Undergraduate module contributions:

  • Genes and Genomics (SLS2001)
  • Integrated Medical Genetics (SLS3002)
  • Health and Disease 2 (SLS2010)
  • Bioscience Research Methods (SLS2013)
  • Human Bioscience Dissertations, (SLS4003)
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SLS1013)
  • Health, Risk and the Environment (SLS3001)
  • Research for Practice (FDN 008)


Projects (2010-current):

  • Preliminary studies into exercise induced gene expression in two different populations, 2014. University award
  • Human gene copy number variants and epigenetics as risk factors for musculoskeletal pathology, with an emphasis on Achilles tendon disorders, 2012. Rosetrees Medical Trust
  • Epigenetics as risk factors for musculoskeletal pathology, with an emphasis on Achilles tendon disorders, 2012. University Award
  • Gene variants that predispose to soft tissue musculoskeletal pathology, University of Northampton, 2011. RAE Development fund
  • Gene variants that predispose South African and Australian populations to ACL rupture, award number 09851/B, 2009. Leverhulme Trust


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  • Posthumus, Michael, Collins, M, van der Merwe, L, O'Cuinneagain, D, van der Merwe, W, Ribbans, William J, Schwellnus, M P and Raleigh, Stuart M (2011) Matrix Metalloproteinase genes on chromosome 11q22 and the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. Invited Presentation presented to: International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 07–09 April 2011. Also presented at: 8th Biennial International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-19 May 2011. (Unpublished)











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