Dr Nicholas Gant

BSc(Hons), MSc, (Dist), PhD

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

Dr Nicholas Gant is director of the Exercise Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory. His group investigate the brain’s role in controlling metabolism and fatigue during exercise. The team are particularly interested in 'brain foods' involved in energy signaling that modify fatigue and improve health. Dr Gant’s laboratory is an F-MARC accredited Centre of Excellence, he is a principal within the Centre for Brain Research and leads the interdisciplinary Human Performance research theme within the Food & Health Programme. His research is currently funded by the Royal Society Marsden Fund, the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, Lottery Health Research, the Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust, and several industry partnerships.

Teaching | Current

Dr Gant is the Academic Programme Leader for the Exercise Sciences. He also coordinates three Exercise Physiology and Nutrition courses within his department and delivers lectures in courses hosted by the School of Biological Sciences, School of Medical Sciences and School of Population Health.

Nick holds a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Early Career Teaching Excellence (2011), the Dean’s award for Teaching Excellence (2010) and several prizes for science communication. Nick delivered a 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Public Lecture in the series: Exercise is Medicine.

Teaching contributions:

Exercise Prescription (EXERSCI105), Exercise Nutrition (EXERSCI206), Life Cycle Nutrition (POPLHLTH206), Exercise Physiology for Special Populations (EXERSCI302), Nutritional Science (BIOSCI358), Seminar in Advanced Exercise Physiology (EXERSCI706), Critical Evaluation of Nutritional Therapies (MEDSCI712), Science in Action (SCISCHOL102).


  • University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Early Career Teaching Excellence (2011)
  • Dean’s award for Teaching Excellence (2010)

Areas of expertise

  • Exercise Nutrition
  • Exercise Neurometabolism
  • Nutritional Neuroscience
  • Human Performance in Extreme Environments
  • Science Communication

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 227
New Zealand

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