Dr Andrew Lavender completed a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and a Master of Science in Sports Science at Edith Cowan University before beginning PhD at Yokohama City University in 2002 under the Supervision of Professor Kazunori Nosaka. His research in exercise induced muscle damage in older individuals extended the previous work of Prof Nosaka in young participants. Dr Lavender has since worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at The University of Adelaide and The University of Tokyo before taking up an academic position at Curtin University in 2012.
Dr Lavender is the Course Coordinator for the Exercise, Sports and Rehabilitation Science course in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University. His research interests include effects of exercise induced muscle damage and recovery, motor control and how motor function is affected by ageing, exercise and neuromuscular disorders.
Dr Lavender is currently teaching motor control and skill acquisition and supervising one PhD student and two honours students in projects that involve exercise induced muscle damage, effects of tackling on brain function and the effects of exercise on cortical function in healthy older people.