Researchers at UCD


Romain Denis

Sport and Exercise Scientist - Laboratory Director

Physiotherapy & Performance Science with Institute for Sports & Health
University College Dublin
Institute for Sport and Health
Newstead Block C
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7163290


Romain Denis received his BSc and MSc (Research) in exercise physiology from Montpellier University, France and MPhil from Brunel University, U.K. Romain Denis is a chartered scientist (CSci.)

As a BASES accredited laboratory director and Sport and Exercise scientist, Romain Denis coordinates the Human performance laboratory (BASES accredited).

Romain works with runners, cyclists and triathletes of all abilities, but also with international squads in Rugby, Hockey and Sailing. He has considerable experience in providing training advice, physiological support and is a competitive runner himself. Romain is currently the Exercise Physiologist for the UCD Ad Astra Elite Athlete Academy programme. 
Romain's research interests include muscle mechanic and metabolic responses to exercise along with cardiovascular adjustments and capillary blood flow regulation. He is the reviewer of several scientific journals.

Romain's teaching interests lie in exercise physiology more specifically in cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations / responses to exercise, control of blood flow and muscle metabolism.  


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Chartered Scientist (CSci.)


Association: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Function/Role: Member and accredited exercise physiologist


Year 2009 Institution: Brunel University, UK
Qualification: MPhil Subject:
Year 2005 Institution: Montpellier University (France)
Qualification: MSc Subject: Exercise Physiology (Research Master)
Year 2003 Institution: Montpellier University (France)
Qualification: BSc Subject: Sport and Exercise Sciences
Year 2000 Institution: University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
Qualification: Certificate/English Subject: Direct Entry English Programme (DEEP)



Journals Edited

: Reviewer.



Peer Reviewed Journals

Temple D., Denis R., Walsh M., Dicker P., Byrne A. (2014) 'Comparison of anthropometric-based equations for estimation of body fat percentage in a normal-weight and overweight female cohort: validation via air-displacement plethysmography'. Public Health Nutrition, . Available Online [Details]
Denis R, O'Brien C, Delahunt E; (2013) 'The effects of light emitting diode therapy following high-intensity exercise'. Physical Therapy in Sport, 14 (2):110-115. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Lennon, O., Denis, R., Grace, N., Blake, C.; (2012) 'Feasibility, criterion validity and retest reliability of exercise testing using the Astrand-rhyming test protocol with an adaptive ergometer in stroke patients'. Disability and Rehabilitation, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Denis, R,Wilkinson, J,De Vito, G; (2011) 'Influence of angular velocity on Vastus Lateralis and Rectus Femoris oxygenation dynamics during knee extension exercises'. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 31 :352-357. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Denis, R, Bringard, A, Perrey, S; (2011) 'Vastus lateralis oxygenation dynamics during maximal fatiguing concentric and eccentric isokinetic muscle actions'. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 21 :276-282. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Racinais, S., Perrey, S., Denis, R., Bishop, D. ; (2010) 'Maximal power, but not fatigability, is greater during repeated sprints performed in the afternoon'. Chronobiology International, 27 :855-864. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Denis, R & Korff, T; (2009) 'Joint-dependence of isometric and isokinetic strength in children and adults'. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 17 :227-232. [DOI] [Details]
Racinais, S., Bishop, D., Denis, R., Lattier, G., Perrey, S.; (2007) 'Muscle deoxygenation and neural drive to the muscle during repeated sprint cycling'. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39 (2):268-274. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Bringard, A., Denis, R., Belluye, N., Perrey, S.; (2007) 'External elastic compression and muscle function in humans [Review in French]'. Science & Sport, 22 :3-13. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Denis, R., Perrey, S.; (2006) 'Influence of posture on pulmonary O2 uptake kinetics, muscle de-oxygenation and myoelectrical activity during heavy-intensity exercise'. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 5 :254-265. Available Online [Details]
Bringard, A., Denis, R., Belluye, N., Perrey, S.; (2006) 'Effects of compression tights on calf muscle oxygenation and venous pooling during quiet resting in supine and standing positions'. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 46 :548-554. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

O'Donovan, G. & Denis, R.; (2007) 'Heart rate training limitations - don't be a slave to the rhythm!' Peak Performance 251 :8-11. [Details]

Conference Publications

Denis, R., Bringard, A., Perrey, S.; (2008) Muscle performance decrease after eccentric exercise - Possible explanations from muscle oxygenation and EMG activity British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) [Details]


Denis, R., Racinais, S., Perrey, S.; (2007) Quantification of quadriceps O2 desaturation in response to short sprint cycling (Letter to the Editor). Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Romain Denis' research interests include muscle mechanic and metabolic responses to exercise along with cardiovascular adjustments and blood flow regulation.



Teaching Philosophy

Exercise physiology, cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations / responses to exercise, control of blood flow, muscle metabolism. Module coordinator: Principles of Human Performance (MSc. Sport and Exercise Management, SMGT40140)