Henry Chung

PhD Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

MRC Epidemiology Unit


Henry's background is in Sport Science, where he completed his MSc in Sports & Exercise Sciences. Following this, he worked at Addenbrookes hospital in the area of Epidemiology for the University of Cambridge (UoC) dealing with robotics and automated machinery to aid the completion of lab based research projects for the Medical Research Council (MRC) and University of Cambridge.

Research interests

Thesis title:

The physiological and metabolic responses to exercise training based on genotype.

Supervisory Team

Dr Dan Gordon
Dr Don Keiller
Dr Justin Roberts

Research Group

Henry is a member of our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Summary of Research

The aim of Henry's research is to understand the link between exercise training adaptations and how the genotype mapping affects this adaption observed in both physiological and metabolic responses. Current research suggests relationships between certain or single candidate genes and exercise responses. The goal is to see whether there are associations with a list of multiple candidate genes across a genotype spectrum and to cater a training program specifically to that genotype, in theory benefiting the individual more so than generic training. If successful, this could also give us information on psychological aspects to training perception and adherence to the training program based on genotypes. The larger goal of this project is to increase participation in exercise and increase well-being and health.

Selected recent publications

Gordon, D., Swain, P., Keiller, D., Merzbach, V., Gernigon, M. and Chung, H., 2020. Quantifying the effects of four weeks of low-volume high-intensity sprint interval training on V̇O2max through assessment of hemodynamics. The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness, 60(1), p.53.

Gordon, D.A., Swain, P., Keiller, D., Merzbach, V., Johnson, D., Prado, L., Maia-Lima, A. and Chung, H., 2019. Four weeks of low volume high-intensity interval training has no effect on VO2max: 771: Board# 5 May 29 2: 00 PM-3: 30 PM. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(6), p.187.

Gordon, D.A., Merzbach, V., Scruton, A., Roberts, J. and Chung, H., 2017. The effects of 4-weeks Hiit and continuous based training on the incidence of plateau at Vo2max and the anaerobic capacity: 3504 Board# 5 June 3 900 AM-1100 AM. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49(5S), p.998.

McDonald, K., Tsukada, M. and Chung, H., 2016. Understanding the female judoka’s “coach–athlete” relationship: a British perspective. Arch Budo, 12, pp.69-76.

Recent presentations and conferences

ACSM conference Denver - poster presentation - The effects of 4-weeks HiiT and continuous based training on the incidence of plateau at VO2max and the anaerobic capacity.

ACSM conference Orlando - poster presentation - Four weeks of low volume high-intensity interval training has no effect on VO2max despite increasing the anaerobic capacity.

Internal conferences:

  • Biomedical Science student conference with Harvey’s Gang.
  • Research mini conference – Psychology & Sport Science.