Department of Exercise Sciences


Postgraduate research topics

The following is a list of research topics offered at the doctorate (PhD), Masters and Honours level.

Proposed honours topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
Finding the origin of the motor programme FoS (Exercise Sciences), CBR Assoc Professor Greg Anson
g.anson@auckland.ac.nz
Monitoring and preventing reactive hypoglycaemia FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Sensory and thermoregulatory effects of l-menthol on human skin FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Adaptations in skeletal muscle architecture and function with strength and power training FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Physical activity and skeletal muscle mass and function in older New Zealanders FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Stress-and strain-sensing proteins in human skeletal muscle fibers FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Lifelong exercise training and anti-aging proteins in mouse skeletal muscle FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Gait Identification FoS (Exercise Sciences) Dr Yanxin Zhang
yanxin.zhang@auckland.ac.nz
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Proposed masters topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
Physical activity and depression FoS (Exericse Sciences) CBR Assoc Professor Greg Anson
g.anson@auckland.ac.nz
Adaptations in skeletal muscle architecture and function with strength and power training FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Physical activity and skeletal muscle mass and function in older New Zealanders FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Stress-and strain-sensing proteins in human skeletal muscle fibers FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Lifelong exercise training and anti-aging proteins in mouse skeletal muscle FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Injury Exericse Sciences Dr Yanxin Zhang
yanxin.zhang@auckland.ac.nz
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Proposed PhD topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
Neural mechanisms of motor preparation FoS (Exericse Sciences) CBR Assoc Professor Greg Anson
g.anson@auckland.ac.nz
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and thermoregulation during exercise FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz 
 
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Current honours topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
The role of corticomotor excitability and the influence of practise type on motor learning FoS (Exericse Sciences)

Prof Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz

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Current masters topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
Biomechanical analysis of manual lifting activities. FoS (Exericse Sciences)

Dr Yanxin Zhang
yanxin.zhang@auckland.ac.nz

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Current PhD topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
The effects of hypnosis and hypontically induced limb paralysis on behavioural and neurophysiological indices of movement. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Associate Professor Greg Anson
g.anson@auckland.ac.nz 
 
The neurophysiological basis of response inhibition.
Implications for earlier diagnosis and
individualized treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
FoS (Exericse Sciences) Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz
Improving upper-limb impairment after storke with novel brain stimulation. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz
Motor synergies for functional upper limb movement in hemiparesis resulting from stroke. FoS (Exericse Sciences)

Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz

Central fatigue and the human visual system: Eye movements, information processing and pharmaceutical interventions. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Immediate energy signalling and the brainstem. FoS (Exericse Sciences)

Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz

Incidence, progression and effect of interventions on metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors
in a University age population.
FoS (Exericse Sciences)

Dr James Stinear
j.stinear@auckland.ac.nz

 

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Past honours topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
Acute effects of different glycaemic index foods on corticomotor excitability FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Biomechanical analysis of the knee during different dynamic squatting techniques FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Yanxin Zhang
yanxin.zhang@auckland.ac.nz
The role of motor cortex in hand-foot coordination. 
FoS (Exericse Sciences) Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz
Comparison of rest period and intensity protocols in verification phase testing for VO2max FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Lance Dalleck
Acute effects of different glycaemic index foods on corticomotor excitability FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Oxygen consumption VO2 slow component and fatigue. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Fabio Borrani
 
Tuning sensory connections FoS (Exericse Sciences), FMHS (Dept of Medicine), Centre for Brain Research Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz
Tuning muscle synergies FoS (Exericse Sciences), FMHS (Dept of Medicine), Centre for Brain Research Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz
Tuning response inhibition FoS (Exericse Sciences), FMHS (Dept of Medicine), Centre for Brain Research Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz
Immediate energy signalling and the brainstem FoS (Exericse Sciences), FMHS (Dept of Medicine), Centre for Brain Research Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Carbohydrate sensing and skill performance FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Monitoring the metabolic demands of unconstrained exercise using portable technologies FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Does short duration high intensity interval training improve mitochondrial respiration? FoS (Exericse Sciences) (School of Biological Sciences) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
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Past masters topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
Effects of exercise training volume on cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults at moderate risk for cardiovascular disease. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Graeme Carrick-Ranson
g.ranson@auckland.ac.nz
The effect of a 12 week cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle programme on cardiovascular disease risk management. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Graeme Carrick-Ranson
g.ranson@auckland.ac.nz
Effects of exercise training intensity on cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular disease risk factors in young and early middle-aged adults at moderate risk for cardiovascular disease. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Graeme Carrick-Ranson
g.ranson@auckland.ac.nz
Comparison of moderate intensity vs. moderate intensity + interval training on the reduction in coronary artery disease risk factors in high-risk Maori and Pacific people.  FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Lance Dalleck
Effect of activating sympathetic system on different modes of exercise (intensity) on slow component of VO2.   FoS (Exericse Sciences) Associate Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
Association between VO2 and measures of corticomotor excitability. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr James Stinear
j.stinear@auckland.ac.nz
Investigating whether differences in sympathetic and parasympathetic activation is the mechanism behind the individual differences seen in the heart rate to oxygen consumption relationship in spinal cord injured tetraplegics. FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Fabio Borrani
Incidence of VO2 plateau at VO2max using different sampling intervals in cardiac diseased individuals FoS (Exericse Sciences) & FMHS (CTRU) Dr Lance Dalleck
l.dalleck@auckland.ac.nz 
 
The influence of fatigue and nutritional status on voluntary eye movements FoS (Exericse Sciences) & (Optometry and Vision Science) Dr Nick Gant
n.gant@auckland.ac.nz
Systemic signalling in response to high-intensity dynamic resistance exercise and feeding during recovery in trained lifters FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc. Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz
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Past PhD topics


Research Topics Affiliation - Faculty and Dept Supervisor/s details
Systemic signalling in the adaptation of neuromuscular function with variations in exercise training load in Olympic weightlifters FoS (Exericse Sciences) Assoc Professor Heather Smith
h.smith@auckland.ac.nz 
 
Mechanical Analysis of Snowboard Jump Landings - From Injury Mechanism to Prevention FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Fabio Borrani
Dynamics of Freestyle Skiing - Technique Development and Implications for Injury Prevention strategies FoS (Exericse Sciences) Dr Fabio Borrani
Recovery of Hand Function Following Stroke FoS (Exericse Sciences), FMHS (Dept of Medicine), Centre for Brain Research Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz 
 
Muscle Synergies after stroke FoS (Exericse Sciences), FMHS (Dept of Medicine), Centre for Brain Research Professor Winston Byblow
w.byblow@auckland.ac.nz 
 
The effect of an exercise intervention on the progression of diabetic neuropathy FoS(Exericse Sciences) Dr Sharon Walt
s.walt@auckland.ac.nz
The Implications of Childhood Obesity on the Musculoskeletal and Locomotor systems: Biomechanical Analysis and Exercise. FoS(Exericse Sciences) Dr Yanxin Zhang
yanxin.zhang@auckland.ac.nz
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