Ifigenia Giannopoulou, MScEdu, PhD

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sport & Exercise Science
School of Sport and Service Management
University of Brighton, UK


Ifigenia is Senior Lecturer in Sport, Exercise Science and Health at the University of Brighton Ifigenia comes from a diverse background of educational and research experiences, having studied and worked as an academic both in Europe and America. She has a BSc in Exercise Science from the University of Athens, Greece; a MscEdu in Exercise Science from Northern Illinois University in America; and a PhD in Exercise Physiology/Science Education, from Syracuse University in New York State in America. She has previously been a Lecturer in Applied Physiology at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology/Sports Nutrition, at the University of Athens in Greece.

More recently her research is focused on mental health, investigating the effects of lifestyle interventions through new innovative techniques such as mindfulness and mindful eating on mood, eating behavior, disordered eating and overall wellbeing in university students and mental illness patients.

Ifigenia has research publications in well-known research journals such as Metabolism, Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Nutrition and has been presenting her work in national and international research conferences. She is an editorial member of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Grants and various nutrition and exercise peer-reviewed journals.

Research Interest

Ifigenia’s research interests lie in the area of clinical exercise physiology and nutrition. Her research is focused on the effects of exercise and diet on health and specifically on abdominal obesity and chronic low-grade inflammation and on clinical populations such as obese individuals, type 2 diabetes patients and postmenopausal women.

Scientific Activities

Awards and Activities
• Athena Swan-Equality and Diversity Role in School of Sport and Service Management; University of Brighton 2017-present.
• Horizon Review Expert on Grant Submission under the topic ‘Multimorbidities and Mental Health’, Brussels, 2018.
• Horizon Review Expert on Grant Submission under the topic ‘Aging’, 2015..
• Editorial Board Review Member of the peer-reviewed journals:
• Nutrition Frontiers,
• Preventive Medicine Reports,
• International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,
• European Journal of Nutrition,
• Nutrients,
• Obesity Research-Open Journal
• Doctoral Research Prize, The Graduate School, Syracuse University ($1000), 2004
• Creative Graduate Student Research Award, Syracuse University ($3000), 2002
• Graduate Student Investigator Award, Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter, ACSM (($1000), 2002
• Teaching Fellow Award – Syracuse University, 2002
• Teaching Fellow Award – Syracuse University, 2001
• Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award – Syracuse University, 2001
• Sidney W. Young Research Award – Syracuse University (1,000$), 2001
• Future Professoriate member 2000-2002 -Syracuse University
• American Red Cross, CPR and First Aid Certification
• American and Greek Lifeguard Association
• Member of the PHI BETA DELTA Honor Society for International Scholars
• Member of the American College of Sports Medicine

* Graduate Fellowship, Syracuse University, 2002-2003
* Graduate teaching and research assistantship, Syracuse University, 1998-2002
* Graduate teaching assistantship, Northern Illinois University, 1996-1997
* Greek government scholarship (ΙΚΥ) for graduate studies, 1998


1. Giannopoulou, I., Tillapaugh-Fay, G., Nappi, J.S., Ploutz-Snyder, L.L. , Kanaley, J. A. (2003) Racial differences in subcutaneous and visceral fat distribution in postmenopausal black and white women. Metabolism, 52: 186-191.
2. Giannopoulou, I., Carhart, R., Sauro, L.M., Kanaley, J.A. (2003). Adrenocortical responses to submaximal exercise in postmenopausal black and white women. Metabolism, 52:1643-7.
3. Giannopoulou, I. and Kanaley, J.A. (2003). Exercise and Menstrual Disorders. In: Clinical Exercise Medicine: Physiology Principles and Applications. Ed: L.M. LeMura and S. VonDuvillard. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
4. Giannopoulou, I., Ploutz-Snyder, L.L, Carhart, R., Weinstock, R.S., Fernhall, B., Tillapaugh-Fay, G., Goulopoulou, S., Kanaley, J.A. (2005) Exercise is required for visceral fat loss in postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 90: 1511-1518.
5. Giannopoulou, I., Fernhall, B., Carhart, R., Weinstock, R.S., Baynard, T., Figueroa, A., Kanaley, J.A. (2005) Effects of diet and/or exercise on adipocytokine and inflammatory protein levels in postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes. Metabolism. 54(7):866-875.
6. Kanaley, J.A., Giannopoulou, I., Collier, S., Ploutz-Snyder, R., Carhart. R. (2005) HRT use but not race impacts the exercise-induced growth hormone response in postmenopausal women. European J Endocrinol. 153:527-533.
7. Figueroa, A., Collier, S.R, Baynard, T., Giannopoulou, I., Goulopoulou, S., Fernhall, B. (2005). Impaired vagal modulation of heart rate in individuals with Down syndrome. Clin Autonomic Re., 15:45-50.
8. Fernhall, B., Figueroa, A., Collier, S., Baynard, T., Giannopoulou, I., Goulopoulou, S. (2005) Blunted Heart Rate Response to Upright Tilt in Individuals with Down Syndrome. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 86: 813-818.
9. Heffernan, K. S.,Baynard, T., Goulopoulou, S., Giannopoulou, I., Collier, S.R., Figueroa, A., Fernhall, B. (2005). Baroreflex Sensitivity during Static Exercise in Individuals with Down Syndrome. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 37: 2026–2031.
10. Goulopoulou, S., Baynard, T., Collier, S., Giannopoulou, I., Figueroa, A.,Beets, M., Pitetti, K., Fernhall, B. (2006) Cardiac Autonomic Control in Individuals with Down Syndrome. Am J Mental Retardation,111:27–34.
11. Fernhall, B., Figueroa, A., Collier, S., Goulopoulou, S., Giannopoulou, I., Baynard, T. (2006). Resting Metabolic Rate is Not Reduced in Adult Obese Individuals with Down Syndrome. Mental Retardation.
12. Vogiatzis, I., Giannopoulou, I., Georgiadou, O., Koskolou, M., Peraki,E., Kostikas, K., Wagner, H.,Kosmas, E., Koutsoukou, A., Koulouris, N., Wagner, P., Roussos, C (2006). Effects of arterial oxygen saturation and work-rate on exercise-induced diaphragmatic fatigue in highly-trained athletes. J Physiol. 572: 539.
13. Kanaley, J.A., Giannopoulou, I., Ploutz-Snyder, L.L (2007). Regional differences in abdominal fat loss. Int J Obes. 31: 147-152.
14. Skouroliakou, M., Giannopoulou, I., Kostara, C., Vasilopoulou, M. (2009). Comparison of Predictive Equations for Resting Metabolic Rate in Obese Psychiatric Patients taking Olanzapine. Nutrition 25: 188–193.
15. Skouroliakou, M., Giannopoulou, I., Kostara, C., Hannon, J.C. (2009). Effects of nutritional intervention on body weight and body composition of obese psychiatric patients taking Olanzapine. Nutrition 25(7-8):729-35.
16. Skouroliakou, M., Stathopoulou, M., Koulouri, A., Giannopoulou, I., Stamatiades, D., Stathakis, C. (2009) Determinants of resting energy expenditure in hemodialysis patients and comparison with healthy subjects. J Ren Nutr. :19(4):283-90.
17. Skouroliakou, M., Koutri, K., Stathopoulou, M., Vourvouhaki, E., Giannopoulou, I., Gounaris, A. (2009). Comparison of two types of TPN prescription methods in preterm neonates. Pharm World Sci.: 31(2):202-8.
18. Skouroliakou, M., Giannopoulou, I., Kostara, C., Koutri, K., Stathopoulou, M.G., Kakavelaki, K. (2010) Effects of a nutritional intervention in obese postmenopausal women on atypical antipsychotics. Maturitas: 67(2):166-70.
19. Skouroliakou, M., Giannopoulou, I., Stathopoulou, G.M., Kostara, C., Koutri, K., Kakavelaki, C. (2012)Vitamin D insufficiency in obese patients with severe mental illness taking Olanzapine. Mediterranean J Nutrition Metabolism. 5:219–225.
20. Giannopoulou, I., Nassis, G.,Apostolidis, D., Bayos, A., Noutsos, K. (2013). Performance level affects the dietary supplementation of elite level athletes. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 12, 190-196.
21. Giannopoulou, I., Botonis, P., Stathopoulou, M., Papadopoulou,E., Skouroliakou, M. (2013) Exercise and diet improves the exercise capacity and body composition of obese mentally ill patients. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(6):620-7. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2013.862871.
22. Souglis, A.C., Bogdanis, G.C., Giannopoulou, I., Papadopoulos, C.H., Apostolidis, N. (2015). Comparison of Inflammatory Responses and Muscle Damage Indices Following a Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Handball Game at an Elite Competitive Level. Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 23:1, 59-72, DOI: 10.1080/15438627.2014.975814.
23. Kotopoulea, M., Watkins E. Giannopoulou, I. High carbohydrate vs high protein pre-exercise feedings on psychophysiological responses to high intensity interval exercise in overweight perimenopausal women. Frontiers of Nutrition, pending publication in January, 2019.
24. Kampouri D., Kotopoulea-Nikolaidi M, Daskou S, Giannopoulou, I. Prevalence of Disordered eating in Elite female team sport athlletes in Greece. European Journal of Sport Science, pending final approval, January 2019.