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Professor of Clinical Exercise Science College of Sport & Exercise Science and Deputy Director Research Training Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University

Prof Stepto completed most of his studies at the University of Cape Town South Africa before completing his PhD at RMIT University in 2002. He worked at Monash University before moving to Victoria University in 2007. Prof Stepto is an accredited exercise physiologist and active researcher and a Deputy Director Research Training in the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES). He contributes to undergraduate and post graduate teaching in exercise physiology and clinical exercise physiology, and supervises Masters and PhD students in the exercise physiology area. He has a strong research focus in understanding the use of exercise interventions for health and therapy (special interest in womens' health and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance and exercise adaptions, and translation of research into practice (evidence-based guideline development). He is a member of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) and holds honorary Research Fellow positions at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) Monash University and Medicine-Western Health Melbourne University.


  • 2013–present
    Acredited Exercise Physiologist, Victoria University
  • 2018–present
    Adjunct associate professor, Melbourne University
  • 2011–present
    Adjunct associate professor, Monash University
  • 2016–present
    Project Director, Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science
  • 2007–present
    Professor , Victoria University


  • 2002 
    RMIT, PhD/Exercise Physiology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Tissue Fibrosis and exercise in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Linking Mechanisms to therapy.
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2018
    Mechanism of insulin resistance in skeletal muscle of women with PCOS: The role of Transforming Growth factor (TGF) β and tissue fibrosis.
    Funding Source:
    Diabetes Australia Research Program
  • 2010
    Insulin resistance in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the role of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue.
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Australian Physiological Society
  • Androgen Excess and PCOS Society (AE-PCOS)