James Hale

James Hale

Senior Academic Staff Member

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I had always wanted to study physiotherapy or genetics. Initially, I choose genetics. I started my academic career off as a researcher working in epidemiology and population genetics. During this time, I was also coaching climbing to the Irish youth team, and I got to see how working closely with people and helping them achieve their physical goals and overcoming injuries really inspired me. I decided to return to college to study physiotherapy at Trinity, Ireland. Although tough, this change of careers was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I'm rewarded for it daily through helping people. I’m still passionate about research and actively involved in the research community. My main physiotherapy areas are MSK and inclusion health. 

My passions are still climbing and mountaineering. I also enjoy aerial trapeze and yoga and was an active member of Lululemon community projects in Ireland. 


  • Medical Research Council. Ph.D studentship, 2004-2007 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: Program for excellence in science, 2007
  • Trinity College Student Excellence Summer Scholarship, 2017


  • B.Sc Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology and Population Genetics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  • B.Sc Genetics, University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, Wales UK
  • APPI Certified Pilates instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Personal Trainer REPs Level 4

Areas of expertise

Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

Research activity

As a member of the Athlete Brain Health Research group (Trinity College, Dublin), I worked closely with Leinster rugby as part of a longitudinal study examining the role of blood biomarkers in assessing brain health (including mTBI) in professional rugby.

Previous research experience was in Microbial phylogeography concerning the spread and evolution of a number of clinically relevant pathogenic bacterial species, including Salmonella. E.coli and H. pylori.

Select publications

  • Publications Kelly, A., Hale, J., Boyle, N., Denvir. K., Farrell, G., Ryan, J., O'Connell, B., Cunningham, J., Wilson., F The utility of blood biomarkers S100b and BDNF as a measure of brain injury in professional rugby players.
    (poster) Neurotrauma Pittsburgh 2019.
  • Kelly, A., Hale, J., Boyle, N., Denvir. K., Farrell, G., Ryan, J., O'Connell, B., Cunningham, J., Wilson., F A longitudinal study of novel biomarkers as a measure of brain health in professional rugby players. Manuscript in preparation to be submitted to Brain Injury.
  • Criscuolo. A., Issenhuth-Jeanjean. S., Didelot. X., Thorell. K., Hale. J., Parkhill. J., Thomson. NR., Weill. FX., Falush. D., Brisse. S., The speciation and hybridization history of the genus Salmonella. Microb Genom. 2019 Aug;5(8)
  • Achtman, M., Wain, J., Weill, F.-X., Nair, S., Zhou, Z., Sangal, V., Krauland, M. G., Hale, J. L., Harbottle, H. & other authors (2012). Multilocus sequence typing as a replacement for serotyping in Salmonella enterica. PLoS Pathog 8(6): e1002776.
  • Achtman, M., Hale, J., Murphy, R.A., Boyd, F., Porwollik, S., (2013) Population structures in the SARA and SARB reference collections of Salmonella enterica according to MLST, MLEE and microarray hybridization. Infec, Gen and Evol, 16, 314-325,
  • Argent, R. H., Hale, J. L., El-Omar, E. M. & Atherton, J. C. (2008).Differences in Helicobacter pylori CagA tyrosine phosphorylation motif patterns between western and East Asian strains, and influences on interleukin-8 secretion. J Med Microbiol 57, 1062-1067

What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

I’m passionate about education and how it flows both ways. I enjoy passing on my experiences and expertise, as well as having the opportunity to learn from the experiences and insights of those I’m instructing and working with.

What do you love about your area?

My main area is MSK particularly sports medicine. Too often we assume this only applies to elite level athletes but enabling all individuals to partake in the activities that bring them joy is what inspires me. Inclusion health is a key area of focus for me providing meaningful access to health care that is focused on removing barriers to treatment.

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I’ve worked primarily in sports medicine private practice since I qualified. I’ve worked with clients of all ages and disciplines. My main areas of expertise are upper limb injuries with a particular focus on alternative athletes, working with climbers, gymnasts, and performers.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?