Craig’s journey into science began with an interest to improve his own sporting performance while representing Great Britain in the Junior World Championships in Powerlifting, South Africa 2008. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2012 and has since completed an MSc degree in Human Nutrition. His PhD research focuses on the role of diet and exercise in the modulation of the oral microbiome in relation to the enterosalivary nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway. Here, Craig aims to provide a novel theoretical basis for post-exercise hypotension mediated by oral bacteria. Additionally, he is investigating the relationship between acute and chronic exercise in changes to the community structure, taxonomic composition and the nitrate reducing capacity of the oral microbiota in blood pressure control and vascular function.