PhD (Exercise Physiology) Loughborough University, UK.
Assistant Professor, Physical Education and Sports Science, National 07/2009 -
Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Present
Research Associate, Division of Weight Management and Wellness, Children's 08/2007 -
Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA 06/2009
Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology, University of Texas at El Paso, USA 08/2006 -
major research interest has been examining the effect of physical activity on
risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
However, I have recently completed a project with a PESS colleague, Asst. Prof.
Masato Kawabata, examining how exercise and breakfast interact to effect
short-term academic and cognitive performance in Singaporean youth aged 15-18
Research Interest in the Neuroscience of Learning and Education
interested in how physical activity, physical fitness and nutrition effect
short- and long-term academic performance and cognitive processes in
youth. Whilst we can measure outcomes (academic and cognitive tests) it
is difficult to determine the mechanisms behind any changes in outcomes which
result from physical activity, fitness or food intake. Neuroimaging
techniques such as event related brain potentials and structural and functional
magnetic resonance imaging could provide explanatory supportive data to future
experimental interventions in this area. These neuroimaging techniques
could potentially be combined with metabolic (e.g. glucose) and hormonal
measurements (e.g. cortisol) and measures of brain growth (e.g. brain-derived
neurotrophic factor, BDNF) and vasculature associated with brain nutrient
supply (e.g. vascular endothelial growth factor, VEGF) for a more complete
picture of brain changes/development.