Dr Ole Kemi
- Senior Lecturer (Life Sciences Human Life Sciences)
- Associate (Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences)
Dr Ole Kemi is an interdisciplinary scientist with particular expertise in cardiovascular and exercise physiology.
Dr Kemi trained for and received a BSc in medicine and sports science from the University of Tromso, Norway, an MSc in exercise science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, and as a university research fellow, a PhD in molecular medicine from the NTNU.
He has also taught exercise science, medicine, and biomedicine at the NTNU and the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
Dr Kemi's academic work has a focus on the effect of exercise and exercise training on the human body.
He researches and teaches the limits of physical capacity, performance and exercise effects in humans that may be elite athletes, patients with disease, or anyone in between.
Employing physiologic and performance measurements, he has shown that the greater the exercise effort, the greater the exercise benefit.
To understand the underlying mechanisms of this, he employs experimental models of heart disease and exercise training, coupled with advanced microscopy and other physiologic, biochemical and molecular assays, with which he has shown that hearts and blood vessels i) suffer a loss of function by heart disease, ii) gain function after exercise training in an exercise intensity-dependent manner, and iii) regain function by exercise training if first suffering loss of function by heart disease.
At the University of Glasgow, Dr Kemi's continues to research and teach exercise, cardiovascular, cellular, and integrative physiology and biology, all the while continuing to show that exercise is pretty dynamic, we should do more of it, and it has the power to make good things happen.
Dr Kemi researches the effects of exercise and exercise training on the function of the body and its integrative systems, organs and cells.
- Cardiovascular and skeletal muscle systems in health and disease and after the influence of exercise.
- Appropriate determination, control, and effect of exercise intensity and exercise capacity under different stress conditions.
- Physical and physiologic determinants of performance in elite, academy and sub-elite athletes in different sports.
- Determinants of rock climbing and movement in the mountain environment.
For more details, see Dr Kemi's publications or by visiting SoLS Staff Research Interests.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Cardiac CaMK in heart failure and exercise training
British Heart Foundation
2010 - 2013
- Cellular basis for alternating T-wave morphology in isolated rabbit hearts
British Heart Foundation
2009 - 2012
- Programme Coordinator Physiology & Sports Science (BSc Honours).
- Programme Coordinator Physiology (BSc Honours).
- Deputy Convener Postgraduate Research & Teaching, School of Life Sciences.
- Course Coordinator Cell Physiology of Exercise (BSc).
- Deputy Course Coordinator Cardiometabolic Health & Physical Activity (BSc)
- Course Coordinator Cellular and Molecular Exercise Physiology (MSc).
- Teach courses in undergraduate BSc, graduate MSc, medicine, dentistry, summer school, and seminars in post-graduate PhD.
- Honours project, MSc, and PhD supervisor.
- Advisor of studies
- Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK.
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2012: Best Poster Award (European Society of Cardiology)
- 2010: Fellow (European Society of Cardiology)
- 2009: New Investigator Award (American College of Sports Medicine)
- 2008: Fellow (The Higher Education Academy)
- 2006: International Research Award (Biophysical Society)
- 2004: National Student Research Award Honorable Recognition (American College of Sports Medicine)
- 2002: Nycomed Pharma Award (Norwegian Medical Association)
- 2002: International Student Award (American College of Sports Medicine)
- 2001 - 2005: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, University Research Fellowship
- 2001 - 2005: John Hopkins University, Instructor
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2006: European Society of Cardiology, Nucleus of Basic Science Committee
- 2020: Frontiers in Physiology (Associate Editor)
- 2020: Frontiers in Sports and Active Living (Associate Editor)
- 2006 - 2008: Frontiers in Bioscience (Guest Editor)
Professional & learned societies
- 2010: Fellow, European Society of Cardiology
- 2008: Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
- 2006: Member, The Physiological Society
- 2002: Member, European Society of Cardiology
- 1999: Member, American College of Sports Medicine
Selected international presentations
- 2019: Arctic University of Norway (Tromso, Norway)
- 2018: Ulm University (Ulm, Germany)
- 2016: International Society of Heart Research (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- 2015: European Society of Cardiology (Lisbon, Portugal)
- 2015: Northern Cardiovascular Research Group (Newcastle, UK)
- 2014: European Society of Cardiology (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- 2014: Biophysical Society (San Francisco, USA)
- 2014: University of Leeds (Leeds, UK)
- 2013: Capital University of Physical Education and Sports (Beijing, China)
- 2013: Exercise in Medicine (Trondheim, Norway)
- 2012: European Society of Cardiology (Munich, Germany)
- 2011: KG Jebsen Center of Excellence (Trondheim, Norway)
- 2011: European Society of Cardiology (Paris, France)
- 2010: European Society of Cardiology (Stockholm, Sweden)
- 2010: The Physiological Society (Manchester, UK)
- 2010: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway)
- 2010: European Society of Cardiology (Prague, Czech Republic)
- 2010: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Glasgow, UK)
- 2009: University of Leeds (Leeds, UK)
- 2009: European Society of Cardiology (Barcelona, Spain)
- 2008: Exercise in Medicine (Trondheim, Norway)
- 2008: European Society of Cardiology (Paris, France)
- 2008: The Physiological Society (Cambridge, UK)
- 2008: European Society of Cardiology (Munich, Germany)
- 2008: The Physiological Society (Manchester, UK)
- 2007: European Society of Cardiology (Madrid, Spain)
- 2007: European Society of Cardiology (Vienna, Austria)
- 2007: University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK)
- 2007: The Physiological Society (Glasgow, UK)
- 2007: Biophysical Society (Baltimore, USA)
- 2006: Northern Cardiovascular Research Group (Leeds, UK)
- 2006: University of California San Diego (San Diego, USA)
- 2006: Exercise in Medicine (Trondheim, Norway)
- 2005: Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA)
- 2004: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway)
- 2003: Nordic Pediatric Cardiology (Oslo, Norway)