James Betts

Favourite Thing: Meet the volunteers who take part in our research – you can’t study human physiology without willing humans!



Colchester Sixth Form College 1997-1999 & Loughborough University 1999-2005



Work History:

University of Bath

Current Job:

Reader in Attrition & Metabolism


University of Bath

About Me

I am a research scientist who studies human metabolism through nutrition and exercise

I work at the University of Bath in the South-West of EnglandĀ andĀ live nearby the University campus with my wife Kate and our two boys Charlie and Theo. In addition to my passion for science, I love basketball.

My Work

Metabolism is the sum of all processes going on inside our bodies and nutrition describes our need for the many nutrients that are required to keep us alive and well. My research involves carefully measuring those metabolic processes in response to different circumstances. Two of the most potent ways to challenge metabolism are either to provide more nutrients to the body (e.g. through food/diet) and to use more nutrients (e.g. through daily activities/exercise). We therefore conduct lots of experiments where we ask our volunteers to eat certain foods and/or adjust their lifestyles so we can measure the effects on their health.

My Typical Day

Obtain blood, muscle and fat samples from volunteers and write-up the results

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

daddy; scientist; basketballer (in that order)

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

What did you want to be after you left school?

Starting point guard with the Chicago Bulls

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Never (yes)

What was your favourite subject at school?

Physical Education

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Tell us a joke.

knock knock

Other stuff

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