Dr Lygeri Dimitriou, BSc, MSc, PGCHE, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology. She is a co Programme leader for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and the leader for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Physiology pathway). Lygeri has been employed at Middlesex University since May 2004. She has also delivered exercise physiology and immunology training workshops to both athletes and coaches across a variety of sports, and is actively engaged in research and consultation with high profile athletes and teams.
Lygeri currently module leads and teaches on MSc modules in Sport and Exercise Physiology. These modules focus on developing mastery in a range of contemporary laboratory techniques, used in the assessment of human physiology at rest and in response to acute and chronic exercise, and on designing, defending and delivering evidence-based training programmes and battery of tests, conducting research, analysing and interpreting data and reporting results.
She has one successful PhD completion and also supervises three PhD students and several MSc students on Strength and Conditioning Science, Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Sport and Exercise Physiology.
In the past eleven years module led and taught on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:
Lygeri’s specific research revolves around three areas of sport and exercise physiology that have important implications for athletic performance and recovery, military dropout rates and medical discharge, fatigue, immunodepression, upper respiratory illness, pulmonary inflammation and injury.
The first deals with the acute and chronic effects of physical training/activity and/or competition on immune function and status, muscle damage, inflammatory response, oxidative stress, cortisol levels, measured in blood and/or saliva, and the mood state of competitive athletes, marathoners, military recruits, and Everest climbers.
The second deals with the investigation of the effects of cryotherapy and antioxidant supplements on muscle adaptation, markers of muscle and metabolic damage, immunity, pulmonary inflammation, respiratory symptoms and recovery following prolonged exhaustive exercise and resistance training .
The third deals with the female athlete triad and some of its features such as osteoporosis, low bone mineral density and stress fractures, low energy availability, underweight, intentional weight loss, eating disorders, menstrual dysfunction, late menarche, in a wide range of competitive athletes and professional dancers.
Allen, Hayden and Hull, James H. and Backhouse, Susan H. and De Carné, Taidgh and Dimitriou, Lygeri and Price, Oliver J. (2019) The allergy questionnaire for athletes provides value in ruling‐out exercise‐induced bronchoconstriction [Letter to the Editor]. Allergy , 74 (9). pp. 1794-1796. ISSN 1398-9995
Risvang, Linn and Norum, Martin and Bjørnsen, Thomas and Dimitriou, Lygeri and Rønning, Per Ola and Bjørgen, Morten and Stadheim, Hans Kristian and Raastad, Truls (2019) A moderate caffeine dose increases strength performance in resistance-trained females. In: 24th annual congress of the European College of Sport Science, 03-06 Jul 2019, Prague, Czech Republic.
Juncal, Roman and Myriam, Leuenberger and Diaz-Naranjo, Marina and Dimitriou, Lygeri (2019) Effects of energy availability and dietary macronutrients on bone mineral density in male and female vocational ballet dancers. In: 29th International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), 24–27 Oct 2019, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Accepted/In press)
Allen, Hayden and Hull, James H. and Backhouse, Susan H. and Dickinson, John W. and De Carné, Taidgh and Dimitriou, Lygeri and Price, O. (2019) The role of fractional exhaled nitric oxide in the assessment of athletes reporting exertional dyspnoea. In: European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congress, 01-05 Jun 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.
Wilson, Laura J. and Dimitriou, Lygeri and Hills, Frank and Gondek, Marcela B. and Cockburn, Emma (2019) Whole body cryotherapy, cold water immersion, or a placebo following resistance exercise: a case of mind over matter? European Journal of Applied Physiology , 119 (1). pp. 135-147. ISSN 1439-6319
Lygeri has worked on a number of grant funded projects from the Royal Ballet Company, English National Ballet Company, British Olympic Association and the Cellular Nutrition Research Group, University of Oxford investigating the prevalence of low bone mineral density into athletes and dancers and the immune response to exercise.
Lygeri has been involved in various sport and exercise physiology and immunology research projects and consultation with organisations such as British Triathlon, English Institute of Sport, UK Athletics, British Army, Royal Ballet Company, English National Ballet, Everest team, IPRO Ltd, Queens Park Rangers Football Club, Saracens Rugby Club, West Ham Football Club and the Newham High Performance Athletes Program.
She has also consulted with TV Channel 4 (three-part programme: Ian Wrights Unfit Kids) and Radio BBC 6 (5-day programme: You are unfit and you know it on health and fitness campaigns to improve the general health and fitness in children and adults.