Malik Hamrouni

  • Doctoral Researcher
Start date: October 2020
Primary supervisor: Professor Lettie Bishop
Secondary supervisor(s): Professor David Stensel

Malik graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science in 2019. Later that year, he commenced an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University. Following the completion of his master’s in 2020, he remained at Loughborough to undertake doctoral research. Malik has a keen interest in exercise immunology, particularly in relation to how the anti-inflammatory effects of physical activity can beneficially influence the cellular mechanisms of chronic disease progression and the severity of acute respiratory infections.


Malik’s research will investigate the role of physical activity for protection, recovery and immunity from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Featured Publications

  • Hamrouni, M., Roberts, M.J. and Bishop, N.C., High grip strength attenuates risk of severe COVID-19 in males but not females with obesity: A short communication of prospective findings from UK Biobank. Obesity research & clinical practice, pp.S1871-403X.
  • Hamrouni M, Roberts MJ, Thackray A, et al. Associations of obesity, physical activity level, inflammation and cardiometabolic health with COVID-19 mortality: a prospective analysis of the UK Biobank cohort. BMJ Open 2021;11:e055003. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2021-055003
  • Hamrouni, M., Roberts, M.J. and Bishop, N.C., 2022. Television Viewing Time, Overweight, Obesity, and Severe COVID-19: A Brief Report From UK Biobank. Journal of Physical Activity and Health1(aop), pp.1-5. 
  • Bishop, N.C., Wadley, A.J., Hamrouni, M. and Roberts, M.J., 2022. Inactivity and obesity: consequences for macrophage-mediated inflammation and the development of cardiometabolic disease. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, pp.1-9.
  • Hamrouni, M., Roberts, M.J. and Bishop, N.C., 2022. The joint associations of physical activity and TV viewing time with COVID-19 mortality: An analysis of UK Biobank. Journal of Sports Sciences, pp.1-8.