The Team

Dr David Houghton


Research Associate - Clinical Exercise Specialist


After completing my PhD in “modulating fat digestion using alginate enriched bread” I joined the MoveLab in September 2013 and have been conducting research into the effects of exercise in patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with alcohol. Prior to my PhD and joining the MoveLab my background was in exercise physiology with a specific interest in nutrition, digestion, physical activity and lifestyle interventions. I am currently involved in looking at the impact exercise and lifestyle interventions have on gut microbiota in mouse models and patients with type 2 diabetes, liver disease and mitochondrial disease.


Chater, P.I., Wilcox M.D., Houghton, D., Seal C.J., Pearson, J.P. (2015) The role of seaweed bioactives in the control of digestion: Implications for obesity treatments”. Journal of Food & Function. doi: 10.1039/C5FO00293A.

Houghton, D., Wilcox M.D., Brownlee, I.A., Chater, P.I., Seal C.J., Pearson, J.P. (2015). Biological activity of alginate and its effect on pancreatic lipase inhibition as a potential treatment for obesity. Food Hydrocolloids, 49: 18-24.

Jones, T.W., Houghton, D., Cassidy, S., MacGowan, G.A., Trenell, M.I., Jakovljevic D.G. (2015). Bioreactance is a reliable method for estimating cardiac output at rest and during exercise. British Journal of Anaesthesia. doi: 10.1093/bja/aeu560.

Houghton, D., Wilcox M.D., Brownlee, I.A., Chater, P.I., Seal C.J., Pearson, J.P. (2014). Method for quantifying alginate and determining release from a food vehicle in gastrointestinal digesta. Food Chemistry, (2014), 151, 352-357.

Houghton, D and Onambele, G.L. (2012). Can a standard dose of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) supplementation reduce the symptoms of delayed onset of muscle soreness? Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2012), 9 (2), 1-10.


  • Awarded £4500 from Newcastle University Institute of Ageing: ‘Developing new skills and increasing capacity at Newcastle University’ – 2015
  • Awarded £1500 Travel Fellowship from the Company of Biologists – 2015
  • Top poster at International Liver Congress – 2015
  • Physiological Society travel grants of £500 x 3- 2012 – 2015


Phone: +44 (0)191 222 8264

Email: david [DOT] houghton [AT] newcastle [DOT] ac [DOT] uk