Stephen graduated with a BSc and MSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2006 and 2008, respectively.  He was awarded his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 2011 from the University of Exeter.  Shortly after the completion of his PhD, Stephen was appointed as a Lecturer of Exercise Physiology at the University of Exeter.

Stephen joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

Stephen is a member of The Physiological Society and the European College of Sport Sciences, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Stephen’s research focuses on exercise and nutritional interventions to improve nitric oxide and redox biomarkers, cardiovascular health, oxidative metabolism and exercise performance.  Stephen has published over 80 original research articles on these topics as well as several book chapters and review articles.  He has delivered invited presentations at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, European College of Sport Sciences and the American College of Sports Medicine annual conferences.

Stephen is an Associate Editor for BMC Sport Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Frontiers in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, and Scientific Reports.  He is a member of the Reviewer Panel for the European College of Sport Sciences and is the Physiological Society Representative for Loughborough University. 

Stephen has served as a reviewer for the following journals:

American Journal of Physiology; Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology; Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism; British Journal of Nutrition; Clinical Nutrition; Diabetes; European Journal of Applied Physiology; European Journal of Nutrition; European Journal of Sport Sciences; Future Cardiology; International Journal of Sports Medicine; International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance; Journal of Aging and Physical Activity; Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Functional Foods; Journal of Physiology; Journal of Sport Sciences; Journal of Sport Science and Medicine; Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; Nitric Oxide; Nutrients; PLoS One; Sports Medicine. 

Stephen is also a reviewer for The Physiological Society Summer Studentship Scheme.

Featured publications

  • Bailey SJ, Gandra PG, Jones AM, Hogan MC, Nogueira L. Incubation with Sodium Nitrite Attenuates Fatigue Development in Intact Single Mouse Fibres at Physiological PO2Journal of Physiology. In Press.
  • Shepherd AI, Costello J, Bailey SJ, Bishop NC, Wadley AJ, Young-Min S, Gilchrist M, Mayes H, White D, Gorczynski P, Saynor ZL, Massey HC, Eglin C. Beet the cold: Beetroot juice improves peripheral blood flow, endothelial function and anti-inflammatory status in individuals with Raynaud’s phenomenon. Journal of Applied Physiology. In Press.
  • Mitchell EA, Martin NRW, Bailey SJ, Ferguson RA. (2018). Critical power is positively related to skeletal muscle capillarity and type I muscle fibers in endurance trained individuals. Journal of Applied Physiology. 125, 737-745.
  • Dewhurst-Trigg R, Yeates T, Blackwell JR, Thompson C, Linoby A, Morgan PT, Clarke I, Connolly LJ, Wylie LJ, Winyard PG, Jones AM, Bailey SJ (2018). Lowering of blood pressure after nitrate-rich vegetable consumption is abolished with the co-ingestion of thiocyanate-rich vegetables in healthy normotensive males. Nitric Oxide. 74, 39-46.
  • Thompson C, Wylie LJ, Blackwell JR, Fulford J, Black MI, Kelly J, McDonagh ST, Carter J, Bailey SJ, Vanhatalo A, Jones AM (2017). Influence of dietary nitrate supplementation on physiological and muscle metabolic adaptations to sprint interval training. Journal of Applied Physiology. 122, 642-652.
  • Bailey SJ, Blackwell JR, Wylie LJ, Holland T, Winyard PG, Jones AM (2016). Improvement in blood pressure after short-term inorganic nitrate supplementation is attenuated in cigarette smokers compared to non-smoking controls. Nitric Oxide. 61, 29-37.
  • Bailey SJ, Fulford J, Vanhatalo A, Winyard P, Blackwell JR, DiMenna F, Wilkerson DP, Benjamin N, Jones AM (2010). Dietary nitrate supplementation enhances muscle contractile efficiency during knee-extensor exercise in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology109, 135-148.
  • Bailey SJ, Winyard P, Vanhatalo A, Blackwell JR, DiMenna F, Wilkerson DP, Tarr J, Benjamin N, Jones AM (2009). Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of sub-maximal exercise and enhances exercise tolerance in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology107, 1144-1155.