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Dr Mariasole Da Boit

Job: Early Career Academic Fellow

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8137




Personal profile

I completed a PhD in 2012 looking at the effects of endurance and interval training on cardiorespiratory parameters and muscle oxygenation during exercise in healthy adults. I then moved to the University of Aberdeen to carry on a 3 year BBSRC funded project investigating the effects of fish oil supplementation and resistance training on muscle mass, muscle function and inflammatory markers in sarcopenic older people. After successful completion of the BBSRC project I was appointed as Knowledge Transfer Associate at the University of Derby and SureScreen Diagnostic Ltd where, with the use of nanotechnology, I developed a high bioavailable liposomal vitamin C product and tested its potential beneficial effects on human health. I have joined DMU in 2017 as Early Career Academic Fellow.

My main research interest lies within nutrition and exercise interventions to improve health and performance in different populations. During my career I have developed a special interest for fish oil supplementation and its effects on the immune system and muscle function, elderberry extract supplementation and its effects on cardiovascular health and exercise performance, via modulation of nitric oxide bioavailability, and vitamin C supplementation and its role on exercise performance and cardiovascular health. 

Research group affiliations

Biomedical and Environmental Health

Key research outputs

  • Mariasole Da Boit, Rachael Sibson, Judith R. Meakin, Carolyn A. Greig, Richard M. Aspden, Frank Thies, Sivasubramaniam Selvaraj, David L. Hamilton, John R Speakman, Catherine Hambly, Arduino A Mangoni, Tom Preston, Stuart Robert Gray (2017). Sex differences in the effect of fish-oil supplementation on the adaptive response to resistance exercise training in older people: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan; 105(1): 151–158.

  •  Mariasole Da Boit, Angus M. Hunter and Stuart R. Gray (2017). Fit with good fat? The role of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on exercise performance. Metabolism Volume 66, January 2017, Pages 45–54

  • Mariasole Da Boit, Rachael Sibson, Judith R. Meakin, Richard M. Aspden, Frank Thies, Arduino A Mangoni, Stuart Robert Gray (2016).Sex differences in the response to resistance exercise training in older people. Physiol Rep. 2016 Jun; 4(12): e12834

  • Mariasole Da Boit, Ina Masturalova, Goda Brazaite, Niall McGovern, Keith Thompson, Stuart Robert Gray (2015). The effect of krill oil supplementation on post exercise immune function in young males and females. PLoS One. Sep 25; 10(9):e0139174

  • Mariasole Da Boit, Brendan Gabriel, Patrick Gray, Stuart Gray (2015). "The effect of fish oil, vitamin D and protein on URTI incidence in young active people". Int J Sports Med. May;36(5):426-30.

Areas of teaching

  • Nutrition
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Disease processes


  • BSc in Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • MSc in Sciences and Techniques of Preventive and Adapted Physical Activities
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology

Courses taught

  • Medical Science (BMed Sci)
  • Biomedical Science (BSc)
  • Physician Associate (MSc)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Physiological Society
  • The Nutrition Society 

Conference attendance

  • The effect of fish oil supplementation on the adaptive response to resistance exercise training in older adults. British Society for Research on Aging, Annual Scientific Meeting, Durham University 4-6th July 2016;
  • Da Boit M.; Tam E.; Pogliaghi S.; Squatrito S.;. Capelli C.. Oxygen uptake kinetics and endurance training. ECSS Conference (Bruges) 4th-7th July 2012. 

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