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Dr Stephen Day

Dr Stephen Day

Director of Studies: BSc. (Hons) Medical Science and Clinical Practice

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 322171
  • Location MA206
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Institute School of Medicine and Clinical Practice
  • Areas of expertise

    My expertise lies in the areas of Human Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Genetics.

I have worked in the University sector since 1987 and have held technical positions at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wolverhampton. I gained my first academic position in 1998 working for Staffordshire University and have since held academic positions at The University of Wolverhampton (Walsall Campus) and Manchester Metropolitan University before returning to Wolverhampton to take up my current post.

My research interests involve the examination of the genetic and genomic associations in elite sports from both a performance and injury perspective. My research work has led to research-based partnerships with colleagues both nationally and internationally, particularly via my association with the Athlome consortium – an international collective who study the genotype and phenotype data currently available on elite athletes with regards to adaptation to exercise training and on exercise-related musculoskeletal injuries. I also have an interest in the physiology of skeletal muscle, particularly in exercise induced damage processes from both a physiological and biochemical perspective.

I am a member of the Physiological Society and act as the Society representative in the Faculty.

I hold a PhD from Staffordshire University in Genetics and Proteomics. My PhD studies involved the investigation of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) and the association of ACE genotype on acute and chronic exercise in previously sedentary individuals.

I am a graduate of the University of Wolverhampton and hold a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Sciences (Human Biology).

Below are my publications relevant to the current REF cycle. For a full list of publications please see my researchgate profile (

Brazier J; Antrobus M; Stebbings G.K.;Day S.H.; Heffernan S.M.; Cross M.J.; Williams A.G. (2019) Tendon and Ligament Injuries in Elite Rugby: The Potential Genetic Influence. Sports in press

Brazier J.; Antrobus M.; Stebbings G.K.; Day S.H.; Callus P.; Erskine R.M.; Bennett M.A.; Liam P. Kilduff L.P.; Williams A.G. (2018) The Anthropometric and Physiological Characteristics of Elite Rugby Athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in press.

Papadimitriou I.D.; Lockey S.J.; Voisin S.; Herbert A.J.; Garton F.C; Houweling P.J.; Cieszczyk P.; Maciejewska-Skrendo A.; Sawczuk M.; Massidda M.; Caló M.C.; Astratenkova I.V.; Druzhevskaya A.M.; Jacques M.; Ahmetov I.I; Stebbings G.K.; Heffernan S.M.; Day S.H.; Erskine R.M.; Pedlar C.R.; Kipps C.; North K.N.; Williams A.G.; Eynon N. (2018) No association between ACTN3 R577X and ACE I/D polymorphisms and endurance running times in 698 Caucasian athletes. BMC Genomics 19(1):13.

Stebbings G.K.; Williams A.G.; Herbert A.; Lockey S.J.; Heffernan S.M.; Erskine R.M.; Morse C.I.; & Day S.H. (2018) TTN genotype is associated with fascicle length and marathon running performance. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports 28(2):400-406.

Heffernan S.M.; Kilduff L.P.; Erskine R.M.; Day S.H.; Stebbings G.K.; Cook C.J.; Raleigh S.M.; Bennett M.A.; Wang G.; Collins M.; Pitsiladis Y.P.; Williams A.G. (2017) COL5A1 gene variants previously associated with reduced soft tissue injury risk are associated with elite athlete status in rugby. BMC Genomics 18(Suppl 8):820.

Stebbings, G. K., Williams, A. G., Morse, C. I. & Day, S.H. Polymorphisms in PTK2 are associated with skeletal muscle specific force: an independent replication study (2017) European Journal of Applied Physiology 117(4):713-720.

Heffernan S.M.; Stebbings G.K.; Kilduff L.P.; Erskine R.M.; Day S.H.; Morse C.I.; McPhee J.S.; Cook C.J.; Vance B.; Ribbans W.J.; Raleigh S.M.; Roberts C.; Bennet M.A.; Wang G.; Collins M.; Pitsiladis Y.P.; Williams A.G. (2017) Fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene influences skeletal muscle phenotypes in non-resistance trained males and elite rugby playing position. BMC Genetics 18(1):4.

Heffernan S.M.; Kilduff L.P.; Erskine R.M.; Day S.H.; McPhee J.S.; McMahon G.E.; Stebbings G.K.; Neale J.P.H.; Lockey S.J.; Ribbans W.J.; Cook C.J.; Vance B.; Raleigh S.M.; Roberts C.; Bennett M.A.; Wang G.; Collins M.; Pitsiladis Y.P.; Williams A.G. (2016) Association of ACTN3 R577X but not ACE I/D gene variants with elite rugby union player status and playing position Physiological Genomics 48(3):196-201.

Pitsiladis ……Day S.H…….et al (multiple authors) (2016) Athlome project consortium: A concerted effort to discover genomic and other "omic" markers of athletic performance Physiological Genomics 48(3):183-190.

Heffernan S.M.; Kilduff L.P.; Day S.H.; Pitsiladis Y.P.; Williams A.G. (2015) Genomics in rugby union: A review and future prospects European Journal of Sport Science 15(6):460-468.