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Dr Tom Cullen

Course Leader for MSc Applied Sport Science and Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

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Dr Tom Cullen joined the University of Worcester in 2015 after completing a PhD in the field of Exercise Physiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Tomís PhD focussed on the development and application of a range of biochemical procedures for monitoring overtraining and immunosuppression in elite athletes.

Outside of research Tom has worked with a range of elite athletes including professional footballers, rowers, triathletes and swimmers as an exercise physiologist and strength and conditioning coach.

Outside of work Tom enjoys being involved with sport as much as possible. He is a keen rock climber, a qualified ski instructor and used to play competitive rugby, but is now far too injury prone.

  • PhD- Exercise physiology, Cardiff Metropolitan University†††††††††††
  • MSc- Human and Applied Physiology, Kingís College London
  • BSc- Sport Science and Physiology,†University of Leeds
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS), NSCA

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Tomís teaching is focussed on the area of exercise physiology. He is particularly interested in the application of theory to applied practice. He currently teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules: exercise physiology and research methods.†††††††††††††


Tomís research interests revolve around the biochemical processes that underpin beneficial or negative adaptations (such as overtraining) to acute exercise and chronic training. He is particularly interested in the interaction of metabolism and immune function within the response to exercise. While Tomís research primarily focusses on the application of this information in the real world, he is also interested in the mechanisms that underpin these responses.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

American College of Sports Medicine

National Strength And Conditioning Association



Journal Articles;

Tom Cullen, Andrew W. Thomas, Richard Webb, Thom Phillips, Michael G. Hughes. (2017). sIL-6R Is Related to Weekly Training Mileage and Psychological Well-being in Athletes. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.

Tom Cullen, Andrew W. Thomas, Richard Webb, Michael G.† Hughes. (2016). Interleukin-6 and associated cytokine responses to an acute bout of high-intensity interval exercise: The effect of exercise intensity and volume. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 41: 1Ė6.†††††††

Cullen T, Thomas, A.W. Webb, R. Hughes, M.G. (2015). The relationship between interleukin-6 in saliva, venous and capillary plasma, at rest and in response to exercise. Cytokine. 71, 2: 397-400.


T Cullen, AW Thomas, R Webb, T Phillips, MG Hughes. The Soluble IL-6 Receptor Is Related To Weekly Training Volume And Fatigue In Highly Trained Swimmers. Br J Sports Med 2014;48:Suppl 3 A1 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-094245.2

Cullen, T. Corbett, L. Phillips, T. Thomas, A.W. Webb, R. Hughes, M.G. Plasma and salivary Interleukin-6 responses to exercise are not correlated. Published in the proceedings of the 18th annual congress of the European College of Sports Science.

Cullen T, Thomas, A.W. Webb, R. Hughes, M.G. Are cytokine responses sensitive to acute bouts of interval and steady state exercise? Published in the proceedings of the 18th annual congress of the European College of Sports Science.

Invited Presentations:

Monitoring illness, immune function and overtraining in highly trained endurance athletes. The Cardiff Sport and Exercise Medicine Society. Invited presentation. 2013.