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Mr. Isaac Eastham

Research Student

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Research Student in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences  


Isaac is a PhD student in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences and is funded by the Durham Doctoral Studentship. Isaac has been a student of the department since 2018 and has an MSc (by Research) and BA in Sports and Exercise Science.



Isaac's research focuses on exercise metabolism and nutrition within the endurance-based athlete population. The overarching purpose of Isaac's PhD is to understand whether an innovative method (breath acetone detection) in the sport and exercise science setting can indirectly assess carbohydrate availability following the implementation of a specific nutrition and training strategy ('train-low'). Being able to accurately assess carbohydrate is imperative for maximising the health and performance of athletes. 

Conference/ Presentation Talks

British Association for Sport and Exercises Sciences (BASES) Student Conference - April 2021

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing -  Early Career Researcher Conference - June 2022 and July 2023 

Applied Experience

Isaac has gained applied and research experience across football (AFC Fylde, Hartlepool United, Durham University Association Football Club and The Premier League), cricket (Cricket Scotland) and rugby (Newcastle Falcons) in sports science and nutrition-focused roles.

Teaching areas/experience

Since the 2021-2022 academic year, Isaac has delivered undergraduate lab practicals for the 'Nutrition for Sport and Health' and 'Introduction to Exercise Physiology' modules.


Dr Lindsay Macnaughton

Dr Caroline Dodd-Reyonlds

Dr Eckart Wrede (Department of Chemistry)

Dr David Carty (Department of Chemistry)

Social Media

Twitter - @IsaacGEastham