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Dr Carla A Rue

Research Fellow – Occupational Performance Research Group | +44 (0)1243 816146

Carla obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Chichester before moving on to study for her postgraduate degree at Bangor University. In 2010, she returned to Chichester to complete her PhD in exercise physiology. During her PhD she examined the use of normobaric hypoxia as a method of enhancing weight loss. Since graduating, Carla has joined the Occupational Performance Research Group at the university to aid in the development of Physical Employment Standards for Military Personnel.

Carla has conducted research studies in both physiology and cell culture laboratories across the UK, as well as around the world, in the field during high-altitude. Her most recent research project was carried out during a research expedition in Ecuador with the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society in 2016. The research examined the effects of Losartan on cycling performance at 5000 m.

In 2014, she was invited on a research expedition to the Italian Alps to explore the effects of acetazolamide on cycling performance at 4554m (Margherita Hut) and in 2010, as part of her MSc degree, she carried out research in the French and Swiss alps examining the effects of high altitude mountaineering on immune function.

Carla is an exercise enthusiast and a keen trampoline gymnast. 



2010 - 2014 University of Chichester, PhD Exercise Physiology, University of Chichester

2009 - 2010 Bangor University, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

2006 - 2009 University of Chichester, BSc Sport and Exercise Science


  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences 
  • Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society


Journal Articles

Bradwell, A., Ashdown, K., Rue, C., Delamere, J., Thomas, O., et al. (2018). Acetazolamide reduces exercise capacity following a 5-day ascent to 4559 m in a randomized study. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 4(1), e000302

Martin N.R.W., Player, D.J., Gallagher, C. A., Hudson-Jones, E., Mumford, E.G., Relf, W., et al. (2016). Hypoxia impairs myoblast regeneration and causes myotube atrophy in C2C12 skeletal muscle cells. Journal of Cellular Physiology [In Review].

Gallagher, C.A., Willems, M.E., Lewis, M.P., & Myers, S.D. (2015). The application of maximal heart rate predictive equations in hypoxic conditions. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(2), 277-284.

Gallagher, C.A., Willems, M.E., Lewis, M.P., & Myers, S.D. (2014). Effect of acute normobaric hypoxia on the ventilatory threshold. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(8), 1555-1562.

Edsell, M.E., Wimalasena, Y.H., Malein, W.L., Ashdown, K.M., Gallagher, C.A., et al. (2014). High-intensity intermittent exercise increases pulmonary interstitial edema at altitude but not at simulated altitude. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 25(4), 409-415.

Oliver, S.J., MacDonald, J.H., Harper Smith, A. D., Lawley, J.S., Gallagher, C.A., Di Felice, U., and Walsh, N.P. (2013). High Altitude Impairs In Vivo Immunity in Humans. High Altitude Medicine and Biology, 14(2), 144-149. 



ICSPP 2017, 28th November 2017 – 1st December 2017, Melbourne.

Poster Presentation: ‘A Job Task Analysis of Casualty Evacuation by Stretcher Performed by Ground Close Combat Roles in the UK Armed Forces’.

ACSM Annual Meeting, 30th May – 3rd June 2017, Colorado.

Poster Presentation: ‘The Physiological Responses of Specialist-role Paramedics Treating Casualties in a Simulated Firearms Incident’.

Knowledge 10 Xtreme Everest, 23rd – 24th May 2017, London. 

BMRES Altitude Conference, 26th November 2016.

Poster Presentation: ‘Losartan does not affect peak exercise performance variables at high altitude (5000m)’.

International Union of Physiological Sciences, 21st – 26th July 2013.

Poster presentation: ‘The Effect of Hypoxia on C2C12 Myoblast Proliferation’

Physiological Society, Biomedical Bases of Elite Performance, 19th – 21st March 2012

Poster Presentation: ‘Comparison of Age-predicted and Measured Maximal Heart Rates in Humans Exposed to Acute Normobaric Hypoxia’


The Use of Normobaric Hypoxia to Enhance Weight Loss in Humans


Carla has research interests in the following areas:

  • Extreme environments
  • Responses to exercise in hypoxia
  • Applied and occupational physiology
  • Nutrition and health


  • Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine