Brianna Stubbs

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Brianna Stubbs
Brianna Stubbs Aviron 2015 - World Championships - 59 (cropped).jpg
Born13 July 1991
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationUniversity of Oxford, Pembroke College
Known forRowing, Science Research
Brianna Stubbs
Personal information
Born13 July 1991 (1991-07-13) (age 28)

Brianna Stubbs (born 13 July 1991) is an elite British rower and research scientist who won two gold medals for Great Britain at the 2013 U23 and 2016 World Rowing Championships. She was the youngest person to row across the English Channel when she completed the feat in 2004, at the age of 12.[1][2] Her research is focussed on the metabolism of ketone drinks, and has been based at Oxford University.[3]


Stubbs was born in Poole and attended Canford School.[2] Her father, Mark Stubbs, was a rower.[4] Brianna completed the crossing of the English Channel with her father as part of his preparation for the ocean row.[5]

In 2010 she went up to Pembroke College, Oxford, to study medicine. After completing a 3 year Bachelors in Preclinical Sciences, she was awarded an Industrial Fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, in order to study for a D.Phil. in Physiology.[6] She joined a research team involved in developing a ketone drink for use in sports, with her own research focussed on ketone metabolism in athletes,[7] the effects of different ketone supplements on human physiology,[8] and the effects of ketone drinks on appetite.[9]

In 2017, Stubbs took the role of Research Lead with a Silicon Valley based start-up, HVMN.[10]

Rowing career[edit]

Stubbs' first involvement in international rowing was in 2007, when she rowed in the GB vs France match race as a spare. In 2009 she won a silver medal as a member of the Junior Women's Four.[11] Stubbs won the Oxford vs. Cambridge Women's Boat Race in 2010 and 2011, competing for OUWBC. Making the change to the lightweight category and moving to Wallingford Rowing Club, she gained International selection and won the 2013 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight women's double scull, with Eleanor Piggott.

Stubbs gained her first senior international vest at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in the Lightweight Women's Quadruple Sculls, finishing 6th. At the 2015 World Rowing Championships in France, Stubbs was part of the silver-medal-winning team in the Lightweight Women's Quadruple Sculls, along with Ruth Walczak, Emily Craig and Eleanor Piggott. At the following year's championships in Rotterdam, she was part of the gold medal-winning team in the same event, along with Craig, Piggott, and Imogen Walsh.[12]


  1. ^ "Brianna Stubbs". British Rowing. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Dorset athletes to look out for at the Rio 2016 Olympics". Dorset Magazine. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Brianna Stubbs — Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ "MARK STUBBS". Revival magazine. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Girl sets Channel rowing record". BBC News. 24 April 2004. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Brianna Stubbs awarded Industrial Fellowship for DPhil research in Physiology". Pembroke College, Oxford. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. ^ Cox, Pete J.; Kirk, Tom; Ashmore, Tom; Willerton, Kristof; Evans, Rhys; Smith, Alan; Murray, Andrew J.; Stubbs, Brianna; West, James (9 August 2016). "Nutritional Ketosis Alters Fuel Preference and Thereby Endurance Performance in Athletes". Cell Metabolism. 24 (2): 256–268. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.07.010. ISSN 1550-4131. PMID 27475046.
  8. ^ Stubbs, Brianna Jane; Cox, Pete J.; Evans, Rhys David; Santer, Peter; Miller, Jack J.; Faull, Olivia K.; Magor-Elliott, Snapper; Hiyama, Satoshi; Stirling, Matthew (2017). "On the metabolism of exogenous ketones in humans". Frontiers in Physiology. 8: 848. doi:10.3389/fphys.2017.00848. ISSN 1664-042X. PMC 5670148. PMID 29163194.
  9. ^ Stubbs, Brianna J.; Cox, Pete J.; Evans, Rhys D.; Cyranka, Malgorzata; Clarke, Kieran; de Wet, Heidi (2018). "A Ketone Ester Drink Lowers Human Ghrelin and Appetite". Obesity. 26 (2): 269–273. doi:10.1002/oby.22051. ISSN 1930-739X. PMC 5813183. PMID 29105987.
  10. ^ "The startup behind chewable coffee is launching a performance-enhancing 'superhuman fuel' — we gave it a try". Business Insider. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  11. ^ "2009 World Rowing Junior Championships". World Rowing. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  12. ^ "(LW4x) Lightweight Women's Quadruple Sculls – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 13 December 2016.