Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Dr Camilla Nykjaer


I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Public Health Nutrition from Leeds Beckett University in 2009 before completing an MSc in Nutrition, Obesity & Health at the University of Leeds in 2011. I remained at the University of Leeds, and completed a PhD with the School of Food Science & Nutrition, examining the association between maternal dietary patterns in pregnancy and offspring growth. Following this I was employed as a Teaching Fellow in Research Design and Statistical Analyses with the School of Biomedical Sciences (2015-2017). I was appointed a Lecturer in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health in 2017 and Deputy Programme Leader for the now well-established MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine (2017-2020), which I co-developed. I am currently Programme Leader of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine as well as the online PGCert in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 


  • Programme Leader MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Academic Programme Leader PGCert Musculoskeletal Medicine (online)

Research interests

My research is focussed on lifestyle behaviours during pregnancy and beyond, with an ambition to improve women's health through a healthy lifestyle. I am particularly interested in physical activity for the improvement of maternal physical and psychological health. I am also interested in improving the dissemination of physical activity advice by practitioners within clinical and healthcare services, evaluations of physical activity interventions in the community, and strategies to increase activity levels and decrease sedentary behaviour across the lifespan.

I currently lead the physcial activity workstream on the My First 1000 Days project, which aims to have positive impacts on the health and long-term outcomes of children and their families in Leeds. Study website and X (formerly Twitter)

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  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy; University of Leeds/Higher Education Academy (2020)
  • PhD Nutritional Epidemiology; University of Leeds (2017)
  • MSc Nutrition, Obesity and Health; University of Leeds (2011)
  • BSc Public Health Nutrition; Leeds Beckett University (2009)

Professional memberships

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Student education

I am currently programme leader for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine and the PGCert in Musculoskeletal Medicine, and sit on our Student Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC).  In addition I contribute to modules across all degree programmes within the School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS), teaching research skills and statistics across all levels including Level 5. I manage modules at level 3 and 5 and supervise BMS BSc and MSc Sport and Exercise Science Medicine students for their capstone research projects.

Research groups and institutes

  • Physical Activity and Public Health
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
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