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NHMRC Career Development Fellow, The University of Melbourne

After completing my PhD in exercise physiology at Victoria University in 2005, I moved to Denmark to work as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Aarhus in muscle physiology. I received an NHMRC Training (Biomedical) Fellowship and returned to Australia to take up this position in Prof. Gordon Lynch’s Basic and Clinical Myology Laboratory in the Department of Physiology, The University of Melbourne. My research changed direction and focused on treating conditions associated with skeletal muscle wasting and weakness, including the muscular dystrophies, ageing, disuse and cancer. My current research, which is supported by an NMHRC Career Development Fellowship, investigates the physiological mechanisms contributing to cancer cachexia and examines the therapeutic potential of strategies designed to ameliorate this devastating disease.

Outside of work, my main focus is triathlons, which I compete in at the elite/professional level. I have a long background in swimming and also compete in many open water swims around the state.


  • 2012–present
    NHMRC Career Development Fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2008–2011
    NHMRC Biomedical (Peter Doherty) Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2007–2007
    Post-Doctoral Research Officer, The University of Melbourne
  • 2005–2006
    Post-Doctoral Research Officer, University of Aarhus; Denmark


  • 2005 
    Victoria University, Doctor of Philosophy (Exercise Physiology)
  • 2001 
    Victoria University, Bachelor of Applied Science: Human Movement (First Class Honours)
  • 2000 
    Deakin University, Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports Coaching and Administration)

Research Areas

  • Medical Physiology (1116)
  • Exercise Physiology (110602)
  • Animal Physiology Systems (060603)
  • Cell Physiology (111601)