Dr Rianne Costello

Ph.D. MSc BSc (Hons)

Lecturer in Nutrition

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Rianne Costello


I am a Lecturer, Subject Co-ordinator and Student Experience Officer.

I graduated from the University of Chichester with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (honours) in 2014. I then completed my MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Oxford Brookes University in 2015. More recently, I completed my PhD at University of Chichester in the area of Exercise Recovery and Polyphenols in March 2021.

I am a Fellow of  Advance HE (FHEA) and hold a PGcert in Higher Education.  I am also a Honorary Clinical Research Fellow with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I am currently working on the INTERPRACTICE-21st project in collaboration with Oxford University. 

Areas of expertise

  • Exercise induced musle damage 
  • Functional foods as strategies to aid recovery from strenuous exercise
  • Body composition methodologies 
  • Statistical approaches for individual data analyses

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Food Groups
  • Scientific Skills for Health Scientists 
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice for Nutritionists 2
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition 
  • Energy Regulation & Obesity
  • Applied Laboratory Techniques 

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Flick Lucas Genetic Predisposition and Clinical Risk Factors on Bone and Musculoskeletal injuries in Competitive Contact Sports: With a focus on the Female Athlete. Active


My research interests are in polyphenol supplementation, exercise recovery, sport & exercise nutrition and body composition methodologies.

Ph.D. from University of Chichester (2017 - 2020) thesis titled: 'Group and inter-individual responses to the effect of New Zealand blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) supplementation on recovery from exercise induced muscle damage'. 

Centres and institutes


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Practitioner registrant, Sport and Exercise Nutrition (SENr)
  • British Dietitic Association (BDA) Assoiate member
  • The Physiological Society Affiliate member 


  • Learning and Teaching Conference (L&T). Southampton 2019.
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Poster presentation. Florida 2019.
  • International Sports Exercise Nutrition Conference (ISENC). Newcastle 2015, 2018 and 2019 (oral presentation).
  • The Physiological Society. Four-day molecular biology workshop. London 2017.
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register Showcase (SENr). Leeds 2016.
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register Portfolio Training Day (SENr). Birmingham 2019.
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Student conference. Poster presentation. Bangor 2016.


Owner of own nutrition based consultancy 'Invictus Performance Nutrition' sine 2015.