Stuart is a biochemist who graduated from the University of York in 1991 before starting his research career at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London the following year. In 1998, he received his Ph.D for conducting research into variant Cytochrome P450s (CYPs) that could metabolise novel anticancer prodrugs under hypoxic conditions. After postdoctoral work at the University of Leicester’s School of Medicine, he moved to the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences (2002–2005) where he investigated the role of genetic variability as a risk factor for hypertension and heart disease. In 2005, Stuart was appointed as Lecturer in human biology at the University of Northampton. In 2006, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and in November 2011 he became a Reader in Molecular Biology within the University’s Division of Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences. His research interests continue to focus on genetics, epigenetics and biochemical mechanisms of disease. He is specifically interested in identifying genetic variants that influence the risk of musculoskeletal soft tissue pathologies, such as tendinopathy and ligament ruptures. He is also initiating work on the link between miRNA expression and various age-related chronic diseases. He is a Member of the British Society for Genetic Medicine, the Biochemical Society and he currently leads the University of Northampton’s Centre for Physical Activity and Chronic Disease (PACD). Stuart is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and he is Section Editor (Genomics theme) for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine.