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I am a Professor in Human Neurophysiology and also hold a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. My MSc and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering were completed with magna cum laude at the Electrotechnical University 'LETI' in St Petersburg, Russia. Before Joining LSBU as a Senior Research Fellow in 2001, I worked for 10 years at the Institute of Biophysics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with medics, physicists, molecular biologists and engineers on projects investigating the intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing the excitability and the contractility of isolated skeletal muscle fibres and single motor units.

My scientific expertise is in neurophysiology, biomedical engineering, and sport and exercise sciences. In my research I apply interdisciplinary approach to improve understanding of the integrative behaviour of the human physiological systems in health and pathology (disease or injury). I am proficient in a wide range of neuromechanical, psychophysiological and cardiorespiratory methodologies. These create opportunities for research, collaborations and consultancy on topics related to human health and performance across the lifespan. My collaborations create contemporary topics for research-informed and innovative lectures, workshops and projects, extracurricular and CPD learning opportunities.

My recent projects explore the mechanisms underlying central and peripheral fatigue, and the health benefits from physical activity, nutrition, physical modalities, environmental and social factors. I was invited to write a chapter in the ‘Manual of Vibration Exercise and Vibration Therapy’ (2020, Springer Nature) overviewing the Supraspinal Responses and Spinal Reflexes to human body vibration. I also recently worked with the Scientific Department of the BBC on episode 2 of the programme ‘Truth about cosmetic treatments’, which explored the benefits from the latest weight loss technology using infrared light.

I am also an expert in physical activity policy and routes to impact with extensive experience as a consultant to sports governing bodies, charities, start-ups, and businesses on the design, development and evaluation of novel health-, performance- and fitness-enhancing technology and programs. I have also acted as an expert advisor to national and international regulatory agencies such as the Charity Commission (UK), Food and Drug Administration (USA), Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia), Advertising Standard Agency (UK). I have written 19 reports from research commissioned by industrial partners and am a named researcher on 3 patents. My publications underpin both impact case studies submitted by LSBU to REF2014 in sport and exercise sciences, which were rated of international and world-leading quality and significance (3*/4*; GPA 3.40).

In 2019 a team of LSBU researchers led by me completed a project funded by Sport England and Lambeth Council and inspired by Sport England’s national campaign ‘This Girl Can’ to design effective programs promoting increased and sustainable engagement of young females in physical activity. The outcomes from this project underpinned one impact case study submitted by LSBU to REF2021. The team also contributes to an interdisciplinary expert consortium at LSBU (PHIRST LONDON), awarded £2.4M funding support from NIHR to evaluate local government schemes across the UK.

Courses taught

Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

Human Sciences - PhD

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Adri BesterDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Louis Gladstone AnnanDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Scott PollockDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Freya Margaretta BayneDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Matthew CampbellPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Mr Andrei Leonardo Perez OliveraOPTIMISATION OF A NEUROMUSCULAR ELECTRICAL STIMULATION PARADIGM FOR TARGETED STRENGTHENING OF AN INTRINSIC FOOT MUSCLE. PhD
Mrs Nathakan BeckA COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF ARSENIC, CADMIUM, LEAD AND MERCURY IN THAI RICE, SOIL, CHEMICAL FERTILISERS AND PESTICIDESPhD
Miss Zsofia Eva Szekeres“Getting the old limbs going”: Exploring the emotional and cognitive benefits of exercise and the barriers to participation in older adults PhD
Ms Reisha Edith Matilda HullThis girl can: an ecological approach to investigating physical activity in urban femalesPhD
Ms Julia AttiasPhD
PhD in Biomedical Engineering (magna cum laude)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Electrophysics, St.Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia

1985
1989
MSc in Biomedical Engineering (magna cum laude)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Electrophysics, St.Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia

1979
1984
Pedagogy and Psychology in Higher Education

Russian Ministry of Education and Science

1984
1989
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Higher Education Academy, UK

2016
2016
Research Associate
Department of Excitable Structures, Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

conducting scientific research

1990
1995
Education
Senior Research Associate
Department of Excitable Structures, Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

conducting scientific research

1996
2000
Education
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Applied Sciences, FESBE, London South Bank University, UK

conducting scientific research

2001
2013
Education
Reader in Human Neurophysiology
Department of Applied Sciences, FESBE, London South Bank University, UK

teaching and research

2013
2016
Education
Associate Professor in Human Neurophysiology
School of Applied Sciences, London South Bank University, UK

teaching and research

2016
2019
Education
Professor in Human Neurophysiology
School of Applied Sciences, London South Bank University, UK

teaching and research

2019
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)2021Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies TeamCo-Investigator
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)2020Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies TeamCo-Investigator
BBC - Science EP32019BBC Science - Non invasive surgery group experimentPrincipal Investigator
Sport England2019Helping the Active Stay Active When Life ChangesCo-Investigator
Ice Health Cryotherapy2017SCi073_Eng_Ice Health Cryotherapy_Allo Rejuvination Phase 2Co-Investigator
Allo Rejuvination2016SCi039_APS_AppRes_Allo Rejuvination_Cryo Stim - Initial ResearchPrincipal Investigator
Bodycap Medical2017PGR_011_APS_STU_BodyCapPrincipal Investigator
Active Communities Network2017KE114_ACNetwork_PhD_07072017Principal Investigator
The Physiological Society
2005
European College of Sport Sciences (ECSS)
2015
Diabetes UK
2012
2015
International Society for Electromyography and Kinesiology (ISEK)
2012
Bulgarian Physiological Society
1992
2000
Human.Sport.Medicine (Russia)

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2016

Human Performance Section

Other
Reviewing Editor
2016

Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement section

Other
Reviewing Editor
2018
University of Exeter
Honorary research fellow

collaborative interdisciplinary research

December 2021
King's College London
Supervisor

Co-supervisor on a PhD scholarship (Ms Julia Attias)

July 2015
July 2019
University of Exeter
Supervisor

Co-supervisor on PhD project (Mr. Matt Campbell)

July 2016
December 2021
St Mary's University Twickenham
External examiner

External reviewer for academic promotions

July 2017
August 2017
INOVA SPACE - Space Without Boarders

Board of Advisors

July 2017
December 2022
Delsys, Inc

Selection Committee for Delsys Travel Assistance Grant award

Industry
February 2012
July 2012
Lambeth Council, London

Member of the steering group on ‘This Girl Can-Lambeth’

Non-education public sector
December 2019

This Girl Can, can't she? Perspectives from exercise providers and participants on what factors influence participation  
Hull, R., Zaidell, L., Mileva, K. and De Oliveira, R. (2021). This Girl Can, can't she? Perspectives from exercise providers and participants on what factors influence participation  . Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 57, p. 102043. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.102043

Gastrocnemius Medialis Contractile Behavior Is Preserved During 30% Body Weight Supported Gait Training
Richter, C., Braunstein, B., Staeudle, B., Attias, J., Suess, A., Weber, T., Mileva, K.N., Rittweger, J., Green, D.A. and Albracht, K. (2021). Gastrocnemius Medialis Contractile Behavior Is Preserved During 30% Body Weight Supported Gait Training. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. 2. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2020.614559

Less Is More—Cyclists-Triathlete’s 30 min Cycling Time-Trial Performance Is Impaired With Multiple Feedback Compared to a Single Feedback
Bayne, F., Racinais, Sebastien, Mileva, Katya, Hunter, Steve and Gaoua, Nadia (2020). Less Is More—Cyclists-Triathlete’s 30 min Cycling Time-Trial Performance Is Impaired With Multiple Feedback Compared to a Single Feedback. Frontiers in Psychology. 11, p. 608426. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.608426

Supraspinal Responses and Spinal Reflexes
Mileva, K and Ritzmann, R (2020). Supraspinal Responses and Spinal Reflexes. in: Rittweger, J (ed.) Manual of Vibration Exercise and Vibration Therapy Cham, Switzerland Springer Nature. pp. 121-133

Direct muscle electrical stimulation as a method for the in vivo assessment of force production in m. abductor hallucis
Olivera, A.L.P., Alzapiedi, D.F., Solan, M.C., Karamanidis, K., Mileva, K. and James, D.C. (2020). Direct muscle electrical stimulation as a method for the in vivo assessment of force production in m. abductor hallucis. Journal of Biomechanics. 100, p. 109606. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109606

Lower body acceleration and muscular responses to rotational and vertical whole-body vibration of different frequencies and amplitudes
Mileva, K., Zaidell, L, James, DC, Bowtell, J, Pollock, RD, Newham, DJ and Sumners, DP (2019). Lower body acceleration and muscular responses to rotational and vertical whole-body vibration of different frequencies and amplitudes. Dose-Response. 17 (1). https://doi.org/10.1177/1559325818819946

Training Regimes and Recovery Monitoring Practices of Elite British Swimmers
Pollock, S., Gaoua, N., Johnston, M., Cooke, K., Girard, O. and Mileva, K. (2019). Training Regimes and Recovery Monitoring Practices of Elite British Swimmers. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 18, pp. 577-585.

Correction to: Effect of Immobilisation on Neuromuscular Function In Vivo in Humans: A Systematic Review
Campbell, M, Varley-Campbell, J, Fulford, J, Taylor, B, Mileva, KN and Bowtell, JL (2019). Correction to: Effect of Immobilisation on Neuromuscular Function In Vivo in Humans: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine. 49 (6), pp. 981-986. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-019-01100-1

Effect of Immobilisation on Neuromuscular Function In Vivoin Humans: A Systematic Review
Campbell, M, Varley-Campbell, J, Fulford, J, Taylor, B, Mileva, K. and Bowtell, J (2019). Effect of Immobilisation on Neuromuscular Function In Vivoin Humans: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-019-01088-8

Improved Exercise Tolerance with Caffeine Is Associated with Modulation of both Peripheral and Central Neural Processes in Human Participants.
Bowtell, JL, Mohr, M, Fulford, J, Jackman, SR, Ermidis, G, Krustrup, P and Mileva, K. (2018). Improved Exercise Tolerance with Caffeine Is Associated with Modulation of both Peripheral and Central Neural Processes in Human Participants. Frontiers in Nutrition. 5, p. 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2018.00006

Selected B vitamins and their possible link to the aetiology of age-related sarcopenia: relevance of UK dietary recommendations.
Aytekin, N, Mileva, K. and Cunliffe, AD (2018). Selected B vitamins and their possible link to the aetiology of age-related sarcopenia: relevance of UK dietary recommendations. Nutrition Research Reviews. 31 (2), pp. 104-224. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954422418000045

Muscle metabolic and neuromuscular determinants of fatigue during cycling in different exercise intensity domains.
Black, MI, Blackwell, JR, Bailey, SJ, Wylie, LJ, McDonagh, STJ, Thompson, C, Kelly, J, Sumners, P, Mileva, K., Bowtell, JL and Vanhatalo, A (2017). Muscle metabolic and neuromuscular determinants of fatigue during cycling in different exercise intensity domains. Journal of Applied Physicology (1985). 122 (3), pp. 446-459. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00942.2016

47 An acute session of high-frequency, low-intensity, wide-pulse electrical stimulation evokes fatigue adaptations in an intrinsic foot muscle
James, DC, Mileva, K. and Solan, MC (2015). 47 An acute session of high-frequency, low-intensity, wide-pulse electrical stimulation evokes fatigue adaptations in an intrinsic foot muscle. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 49 (Suppl). https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2015-095573.47

The biomechanical characteristics of wearing FitFlop™ sandals highlight significant alterations in gait pattern: a comparative study.
James, DC, Farmer, LJ, Sayers, JB, Cook, DP and Mileva, K. (2015). The biomechanical characteristics of wearing FitFlop™ sandals highlight significant alterations in gait pattern: a comparative study. Clinical Biomechanics. 30 (4), pp. 347-354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.02.016

Low-frequency accelerations over-estimate impact-related shock during walking.
James, DC, Mileva, K. and Cook, DP (2014). Low-frequency accelerations over-estimate impact-related shock during walking. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 24 (2), pp. 264-270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.12.008

Effect of Hypohydration on Peripheral and Corticospinal Excitability and Voluntary Activation
Bowtell, JL, Avenell, G, Hunter, SP and Mileva, K. (2013). Effect of Hypohydration on Peripheral and Corticospinal Excitability and Voluntary Activation. PLoS ONE. 8 (10), p. e77004. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0077004

Repeated sprint training in normobaric hypoxia
Cooke, K, Galvin, HM, Sumners, DP, Mileva, K. and Bowtell, JL (2013). Repeated sprint training in normobaric hypoxia. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 47, pp. i74-i79. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2013-092826

Wide-pulse electrical stimulation to an intrinsic foot muscle induces acute functional changes in forefoot-rearfoot coupling behaviour during walking.
James, DC, Chesters, T, Sumners, DP, Cook, DP, Green, DA and Mileva, K. (2012). Wide-pulse electrical stimulation to an intrinsic foot muscle induces acute functional changes in forefoot-rearfoot coupling behaviour during walking. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 34 (5), pp. 438-443. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0032-1321893

Impact of different mechanical and metabolic stimuli on the temporal dynamics of muscle strength adaptation
Lambrianides, Y., Epro, G., Smith, K., Mileva, K., James, D. and Karamanidis, K. (2022). Impact of different mechanical and metabolic stimuli on the temporal dynamics of muscle strength adaptation. Journal of strength and conditioning research.

The Type of Per-Cooling Strategies Currently Employed by Competitive and Professional Cyclists-Triathletes During Training and Competition Are Condition (Dry vs. Humid) Dependant
Bayne, F., Racinais, S., Mileva, K.N., Hunter, S. and Gaoua, N. (2022). The Type of Per-Cooling Strategies Currently Employed by Competitive and Professional Cyclists-Triathletes During Training and Competition Are Condition (Dry vs. Humid) Dependant. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. 4, p. 845427. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2022.845427

Integrated multi-omics of the gut microbiome: assessing the beneficial effects of fermented foods to human health
Bester, A., Toribio-Mateas, M., Mileva, K. and Gaoua, N. (2022). Integrated multi-omics of the gut microbiome: assessing the beneficial effects of fermented foods to human health. Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease. Hinxton, Cambridge 05 - 07 Dec 2018 Wellcome Connecting Science Courses and Conferences. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.10244.58246

Sport and Exercise Science and Health
Mileva, K. and Zaidell, L. (2022). Sport and Exercise Science and Health. in: Wills, J. (ed.) Health Studies: an Introduction Springer Nature. pp. 84-124

What makes young people get involved with street gangs in London? A study of the perceived risk factors
Annan, L., Gaoua, N., Mileva, K. and Borges, M. (2021). What makes young people get involved with street gangs in London? A study of the perceived risk factors. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22767

A voluntary activation deficit in m. abductor hallucis exists in asymptomatic feet.
Perez Olivera, A., Solan, M.C, Karamanidis, K., Mileva, K.N. and James, D. (2021). A voluntary activation deficit in m. abductor hallucis exists in asymptomatic feet. Journal of Biomechanics. 130, p. 110863. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110863

Gastrocnemius medialis contractile behavior during running differs between simulated Lunar and Martian gravities
Richter, Ch., Braunstein B., Staeudle B., Attias J., Suess A., Weber T., Mileva, K., Rittweger J., Green D.A. and Albracht K. (2021). Gastrocnemius medialis contractile behavior during running differs between simulated Lunar and Martian gravities. Scientific Reports. 11 (22555). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-00527-9

Contractile behavior of the gastrocnemius medialis muscle during running in simulated hypogravity
Richter, C., Braunstein, B., Staeudle, B., Attias, J., Suess, A., Weber, T., Mileva, K., Rittweger, J., Green, D.A. and Albracht, K. (2021). Contractile behavior of the gastrocnemius medialis muscle during running in simulated hypogravity. npj Microgravity. 7 (32), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41526-021-00155-7