Full Professor
Study Programme

Master in Kinesiology of Human Performance


Exercise physiology 2

Area of Habilitation


Research Area

Neuromuscular Physiology of Ageing, Inactivity and Exercise

Short Bio

Marco Narici graduated from Bedford College, University of London,  with a BSc Physiology in 1982. Following a MSc in Human Physiology at King’s College, University of London, in 1984, he went on to complete a BSc in Biology from the University of Pavia, Italy in 1991, where he also gained his PhD in Physiology in 1995.  

From 2007 to 2012, Professor Narici was a Member of ESA Life Sciences Peer Review Board, as well as a Member of the European Science Foundation microgravity review panel in 2008. He was Director of the Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health (IRM), Manchester Metropolitan University from 2011 to 2012, before becoming Professor and Head of Division of Clinical Physiology, at the School of Graduate Entry to Medicine and Health, University of Nottingham from 2012 to 2017. Professor Nerici was the President of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) from 2013 to 2015, and since 2017 has been Professor of Physiology, appointed through the ‘Brain Gain Project’ of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), at the University of Padua, Italy. He has also been Director of Myology Centre MyoCIR at the same University since 2018, and since 2020 Coordinator of Italian Space Agency Integrated Physiology Board for the definition of the National Space Research Roadmap.

Professor Narici has published 274 peer reviewed journal articles (Scopus H-index 71, Scopus 17553 citations) and book chapters. His present work and interests are focused on the mechanisms of the remodelling of the human neuromuscular system with exercise, inactivity (including spaceflight) and ageing. He is presently coordinating the NeuAge PRIN Project funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), focusing on the Mechanisms of Neuromuscular Ageing and its Functional Implications, and is coordinator of Italian Space Agency (ASI) project, MARS-PRE, focusing on the identification of early biomarkers of pathophysiological alterations of different organs and systems to simulated microgravity.