Dr Scott Bowen

Dr Scott Bowen


My research interest is in muscle biology, with a key focus on the mechanisms of muscle weakness and exercise intolerance in health and disease. The main research aim of the lab is to better understand and find optimal treatments for skeletal muscle disorders, while the academic aim is to train young scientists to a high level and prepare them for a career in the scientific field.

My research training included working at the Institue of Systems and Membrane Biology at the University of Leeds (UK), Department of Cardiology at Leipzig Heart Center (Germany), Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), and Applied Physiology Laboratory at Kobe University (Japan). I returned to the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leeds in 2017 as an independent investigator.

Research funding includes support from the Medical Research Council (MRC), EU commission, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Leducq Foundation, and the British Council.  



  • Admissions Tutor Sport and Exercise Science

Research interests

Mechanisms of muscle weakness and wasting.

Loss of muscle mass and strength occurs in many clinical conditions, and plays a critical role in pulmonary complications and disabilities observed in patients and leads to significant reductions in quality of life and survival. The aim of this laboratory is to identify key mechanisms contributing to muscle dysfunction in various diseases such as heart failure, and how this can be prevented through the development of novel therapies that include small-molecule inhibitors and exercise training. One particular area of interest is investigating why the main muscle of respiration, the diaphragm, becomes weak in acute and chronic disease.    

Key research areas include:

  • Molecular mediators contributing to skeletal muscle weakness in heart failure and other clinical disorders
  • Rescue treatments for attenuating muscle wasting, including exercise training and the development of novel small-molecule therapeutics 
  • Mechanisms of exercise intolerance 
  • Impact of major trauma on muscle regeneration 


International collaboration 

One major aim of the lab is to develop sustainable links with international institutes and colleagues in order to aid scientific progress and cultural exchange. Current ongoing collaborations include working with Professors Volker Adams (Dresden Heart Center) and Siegfried Labeit (Heidelberg University) in Germany, Professor Anselmo Moriscot (USP) in Brazil, Professors Harry Rossiter (UCLA) and Daniel Cannon (San Diego) in the USA, Professor Shunsaku Koga (Kobe University) in Japan, and Professor Ulrik Wisloff (NTNU) in Norway. The lab aims to foster strong links using multiple appoaches, including regular student exchanges and small workshops. Examples include:

Newton Funded Researcher Links Workshop coordinated with Professor Anselmo Moriscot at the University of Sao Paolo. This UK-Brazil cooperation (supported by the Newton Fund, British Council, FAPESP, and CONFAP) brought together early career researchers to discuss the major issue of gunshot-related injuries and muscle regeneration. Future collaboration will now focus on developing better treatments for patients who suffer such traumatic injuries. 

The focus was to discuss gunshot wounds and muscle regeneration



Undergraduate Projects 

Undergraduate students are considered an important component to supporting the labs development. Undergraduates will first be commonly exposed to group and one-on-one sessions providing an introduction to the topic area. Basic lab training will then follow, allowing development of some key research skills. Thereafter students will be offered a range of projects to pursue and independently investigate, which may lead to a published manuscript and co-authorship. 



The lab is always interested in recruiting highly motivated and enthusiasic reseachers, ranging from postdoctoral to PhD to MSc level. Opportunties may be available and anyone with an interest should contact Dr Bowen on t.s.bowen@leeds.ac.uk.  


Funding and support

The laboratory would like to thank the following for their generous support:




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  • BSc (University of Leeds), MSc (Loughborough University), PhD (University of Leeds) 2008-2012, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Heart Center Leipzig) 2013-2017

Professional memberships

  • American Physiological Society
  • Physiological Society UK

Student education

Modules Managed

SPSC 3326  – Exercise Prescription for Health and Disease

SPSC 5203M – Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Prescription


Modules Taught

SPSC 1223 – The Physiology of Exercise Testing and Performance

SPSC 1224 – Exercise Bioenergetics

SPSC 2321 – Exercise Physiology

SPSC3061 - Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science

SPSC 3326  – Exercise Prescription for Health and Disease

SPSC 5203M – Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Prescription

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