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Dr Ben Lee

Research Fellow – Occupational Performance Research Group

Dr Ben Lee is a research fellow with the Occupational Performance Research Group at the University of Chichester. Ben is an applied human physiologist with interest in human adaptation to extreme and changeable environments. He was awarded his Ph. D from Coventry University, following undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Brighton.  

Ben’s doctoral research examined how acute and chronic heat exposure confers both physiological and cellular tolerance to hypoxic stress. In addition to his research Ben has provided physiological support for British ultra-endurance cyclists competing in solo and team editions of the Race Across America since 2009. 



2014 – Ph. D, Coventry University

2008 – MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology, University of Brighton

2006 – BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science, University of Brighton


British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

The Physiological Society

The Society for Endocrinology


Lee, B., Gibson, O., Thake, C.D., Tipton, M., Cotter., J. Hawley, J (2016). Cross Adaptation and Cross Tolerance in Human Health and Disease. Frontiers in Physiology.

Taylor, L., Lee, B., Gibson, O., Midgley, A., Watt, P., Mauger, A., Castle, P. (2016). Effective microorganism-x attenuates circulating superoxide dismutase following an acute bout of intermittent running in hot, humid conditions. Research in Sports Medicine,

Lee, B., James, R., Miller, A & C.D. Thake. (2016) Heat acclimation improves cellular tolerance and exercise performance in normobaric hypoxia. Frontiers in Physiology, March 8, 7:78.

Lee, B., Mohd Sukri, N., Ogden, H., Vine, C., Thake, D., Turner, J. and Bilzon, J., (2015). A comparison of two commercially available ELISA methods for the quantification of human plasma heat shock protein 70 during rest and exercise stress. Cell Stress Chaperones, 20 (6) 917 – 926.

Lee, B., Mackenzie, R. James, R & C.D. Thake. (2014) Human Monocyte Heat Shock Protein 72 Responses to Acute Hypoxic Exercise after 3 Days of Exercise Heat Acclimation. BioMed Research International, Special issue: Exercise Physiology, Cognitive Function, and Physiologic Alterations in Extreme Conditions, Article ID 849809.

Lee, B., Emery, E., Mackenzie, R., Hussain, A., Taylor, L., James., R & C.D. Thake. (2014). The impact of brief exposure to individual and combined environmental stressors on the responses to subsequent acute hypoxic exercise in humans. Extreme Physiology and Medicine, 3: 15.

Costa, R., Teixeira, A., Rama, L., Swancott, A; Hardy, L., Lee, B., Camões-Costa, V., Gill, S., Waterman, J., Freeth, E., Barrett, E., Hankey, J., Marczak, S., Valero-Burgos, E., Scheer, V., Murray, A., Thake, D. (2013). Water and sodium intake habits and status of ultra-endurance runners during a multi-stage ultra-marathon conducted in a hot ambient environment: an observational field based study. Nutrition Journal, (12) 13.

Peer reviewed presentations (selected)

Lee, B., Emery-Sinclair, E; Mackenzie, RWA; James, RS; Thake, CD (2013). Confirmation of an absolute sub-lactate threshold workload for use in studies combining hypoxia and heat stress. British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists Annual conference, Lancaster.

Lee, B., Owen, R; Emery-Sinclair, E; Mackenzie, RWA; James, RS; Thake, CD (2013). A comparison of physiological responses to prolonged submaximal exercise in individual and combined environmental stressors. British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists Annual conference, Lancaster.

Lee, B., Miller, A; Owen, R; Thake, CD (2013). Comparison of peak between individual and combined environmental stressors. British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists Annual conference, Lancaster.

Lee, B., Emery, E., Hussain, A. James, R., Mackenzie, R; Thake, D. (2012). 3 days of heat acclimation attenuates the monocyte HSP72 response following acute hypoxic exposure in humans. European College of Sports Science Conference abstract, Bruges.


Research Interests

Ben has research interests in the following areas:

  • Exertional heat illness
  • Cross acclimation and cross tolerance between different environmental stressors
  • Ageing and tolerance to heat wave events
  • Optimizing physical tolerance and operational capabilities while wearing personal protective equipment