Dr Anni Vanhatalo
Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology


Dr Anni Vanhatalo is an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology. She gained a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and subsequently spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow in Exeter before taking up a lectureship in 2011. She has established research expertise in therapeutic and ergogenic applications of dietary nitrate, and understanding limitations to exercise (in)tolerance, particularly relating to skeletal muscle bioenergetics. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. Anni is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves as Associate Editor for the European Journal of Sports Science, the European Journal of Applied Physiology, the Physiological Reports, and Sport and Exercise Sciences Reviews.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Skeletal muscle bioenergetics
  • Pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics and muscle oxygen delivery
  • Dietary nitrate supplementation
  • Nitric oxide biology and healthy ageing
  • Critical power testing and modelling
  • Prediction of high-intensity exercise tolerance


2004 BSc (1st Hons.), Sport Science, Kingston University

2008 PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Wales Aberystwyth

2013 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2014 Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722815
AddressRichard's Building
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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