Dr Carrie Ferguson

BSc (Hons), University of Glasgow; PhD, University of Leeds
Lecturer in Physiology
School of Biomedical Sciences

Contact: Garstang 5.57, +44(0) 113 34 37639, email address for  

Faculty Research and Innovation

Modules managed

SPSC2302 - Exercise Physiology in Sport, Health and Disease
SPSC3321 - Advanced Exercise Physiology

Modules taught

BMSC5301M - Advanced Research Topics
SPSC1225 - Physical Activity Across the Lifespan
SPSC2302 - Exercise Physiology in Sport, Health and Disease
SPSC3061 - Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science II
SPSC3321 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
SPSC5382 - Extended Research Project

Academic roles

UG Programme Leader - Sports Science and Physiology
PGT Programme Leader


Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee

Centre membership: The Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre (MCRC)

Prof Karen Birch  (Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Professor of Exercise Science )

Endothelial integrity, female reproductive hormones, exercise and cardiovascular disease 


Molly Baldwin (Primary supervisor) 60% FTE
Matthew Chadwick (Primary supervisor) 60% FTE
Matthew Davies (Primary supervisor) 50% FTE
Sophie Hampson (Co-supervisor) 30% FTE
Said Ibeggazene (Co-supervisor) 10% FTE
Gemma Lyall (Co-supervisor) 20% FTE
Nicholas Renwick (Co-supervisor) 50% FTE

Davies MJ, Benson AP, Cannon DT, Marwood S, Kemp GJ, Rossiter HB, Ferguson C Dissociating external power from intramuscular exercise intensity during intermittent bilateral knee-extension in humans Journal of Physiology 595 6673-6686, 2017
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Benson AP, Scott Bowen T, Ferguson C, Murgatroyd SR, Rossiter HB Reply to Francescato et al.: Interpreting the averaging methods to estimate oxygen uptake kinetics parameters Journal of Applied Physiology 123 1019-, 2017

Benson AP, Bowen TS, Ferguson C, Murgatroyd SR, Rossiter HB Data collection, handling, and fitting strategies to optimize accuracy and precision of oxygen uptake kinetics estimation from breath-by-breath measurements Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) 123 227-242, 2017
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Swisher A, Koehn B, Yong S, Cunha J, Ferguson C, Cannon DT Dynamics of locomotor fatigue during supra-critical power exercise in humans, 2017

Yong S, Swisher A, Ferguson C, Cannon DT Does maximal isokinetic power at exercise intolerance approximate critical power?, 2017

Ferguson C, Birch KM, Garnham JO, Witte KK Exercise training: The under developed elixir vitae of chronic disease? Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research 14 113-115, 2017

Gray SR, Ferguson C, Birch K, Forrest LJ, Gill JM High-intensity interval training: key data needed to bridge the gap from laboratory to public health policy British Journal of Sports Medicine 50 1231-1232, 2016

Swoboda PP, McDiarmid AK, Erhayiem B, Broadbent DA, Dobson LE, Garg P, Ferguson C, Page SP, Greenwood JP, Plein S Assessing Myocardial Extracellular Volume by T1 Mapping to Distinguish Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy From Athlete's Heart. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 67 2189-2190, 2016

Lyall GK, Ferguson C, Porter KE, Birch KM Novel Characterisation of In-Exercise Vascular Shear Rate: Mechanisms for Improvement in Endothelial Function, 2016

Birch KM, Harris E, Birk G, Lyall G, Riches K, Ferguson C, Porter KE Moderate Versus Heavy Intensity Interval Training For Vascular Health In Post-menopausal Women: A Paradox!, 2016

McDiarmid AK, Swoboda PP, Erhayiem B, Lancaster RE, Lyall GK, Broadbent DA, Dobson LE, Musa TA, Ripley DP, Garg P, Greenwood JP, Ferguson C, Plein S Athletic Cardiac Adaptation in Males Is a Consequence of Elevated Myocyte Mass. Circulation. Cardiovascular imaging 9 e003579-, 2016
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Davies MJ, Benson AP, Birch KM, Rossiter HB, Ferguson C Power Reserve at the Limit of Ramp-incremental Exercise is Affected by Incrementation Rate, 2016

Ferguson C, Cannon DT, Wylde LA, Benson AP, Rossiter HB Power-velocity and power-efficiency implications in the limitation of ramp incremental cycle ergometry: Reply to Morales-Alamo et al. Journal of Applied Physiology 120 477-, 2016

Ferguson C, Wylde LA, Benson AP, Cannon DT, Rossiter HB No reserve in isokinetic cycling power at intolerance during ramp incremental exercise in endurance-trained men. Journal of Applied Physiology 120 70-77, 2016
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Devlin J, Paton B, Poole L, Sun W, Ferguson C, Wilson J, Kemi OJ Blood lactate clearance after maximal exercise depends on active recovery intensity. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 54 271-278, 2014
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Benson AP, Bowen TS, Ferguson C, Murgatroyd SR, Rossiter HB Optimising Oxygen Uptake Kinetic Fitting Methods in Healthy Humans Ranging in Anatomical and Physiological Characteristics, 2014

Coelho A, Cannon D, Cao R, Ferguson C, Casaburi R, Porszasz J, Rossiter H A new method for instantaneous quantification of leg muscle fatigue during cycle ergometry, 2014

Benson AP, Bowen TS, Ferguson C, Murgatroyd SR, Rossiter HB An Algorithm To Optimise Fitting Of Phase 2 Pulmonary Oxygen Uptake Kinetics From Breath-by-Breath Measurements, 2013

Ferguson C, Wylde LA, Cannon DT, Benson AP, Rossiter HB No Reserve In Maximal Voluntary Cycling Power At The Limit Of Tolerance Using Isokinetic Ergometry, 2013

Whyte LJ, Ferguson C, Wilson J, Scott RA, Gill JMR Effects of single bout of very high-intensity exercise on metabolic health biomarkers in overweight/obese sedentary men. Metabolism 62 212-219, 2013
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Ferguson C, Wilson J, Birch KM, Kemi OJ Application of the speed-duration relationship to normalize the intensity of high-intensity interval training. PLoS One 8 e76420-, 2013
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Murgatroyd SR, Ferguson C, Cannon DT, Bowen TS, Wylde LA, Porszasz J, Rossiter HB Quantifying Physiological Benefit from Improvements in Exercise Tolerance, 2012

Murgatroyd SR, Ferguson C, Ward SA, Whipp BJ, Rossiter HB Pulmonary O2 uptake kinetics as a determinant of high-intensity exercise tolerance in humans. J Appl Physiol (1985) 110 1598-1606, 2011
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Ferguson C, Rossiter HB, Whipp BJ, Cathcart AJ, Murgatroyd SR, Ward SA Effect of recovery duration from prior exhaustive exercise on the parameters of the power-duration relationship J APPL PHYSIOL 108 866-874, 2010

Cubbon RM, Murgatroyd SR, Ferguson C, Bowen TS, Rakobowchuk M, Baliga V, Cannon D, Rajwani A, Abbas A, Kahn M, Birch KM, Porter KE, Wheatcroft SB, Rossiter HB, Kearney MT Human exercise-induced circulating progenitor cell mobilization is nitric oxide-dependent and is blunted in South Asian men. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 30 878-884, 2010
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Ferguson C, Bell HJ, Haouzi P CO2 status as a controller of blood flow redistribution and auto-resuscitation during anoxia-induced apnea in the sheep FASEB JOURNAL 23, 2009

Bell HJ, Ferguson C, Haouzi P Respiratory alkalosis is the determinant of the increased production of augmented breaths triggered by hypoxia FASEB JOURNAL 23, 2009

Bell HJ, Ferguson C, Kehoe V, Haouzi P Hypocapnia increases the prevalence of hypoxia-induced augmented breaths. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 296 R334-R344, 2009
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Murgatroyd SR, Ferguson C, Ward SA, Whipp BJ, Longaretti M, Fukuba Y, Miura A, Rossiter HB Greater exercise tolerance following VO2max in incremental-ramp than constant work-rate exercise FASEB JOURNAL 22, 2008

Murgatroyd SR, Ferguson C, Ward SA, Whipp BJ, Rossiter HB Oxygen uptake kinetics as a determinant of very-heavy intensity exercise tolerance FASEB JOURNAL 22, 2008

Ferguson C, Whipp BJ, Cathcart AJ, Rossiter HB, Turner AP, Ward SA Effects of prior very-heavy intensity exercise on indices of aerobic function and high-intensity exercise tolerance Journal of Applied Physiology 103 812-822, 2007
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Welch AS, Hulley A, Ferguson C, Beauchamp MR Affective responses of inactive women to a maximal incremental exercise test: A test of the dual-mode model PSYCHOL SPORT EXERC 8 401-423, 2007