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Dr Vernon Coffey

Associate Professor

Level 1, Bond Institute of Health and Sport, 2 Promethean Way, Robina QLD 4226

Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

Centre for Data Analytics

Professional biography

Vernon is the Head of Program for Exercise & Sports Science within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. He leads the teaching focused on the foundations of exercise and sports science and exercise testing, prescription and delivery, but also teaches as part of a team for other undergraduate subjects. He has an active research profile working on the molecular bases of training adaptation in skeletal muscle, and supervises postgraduate students working on the effects of hot environments in team sport players and the energy and hydration status of athletes in training. Vernon has previously held the position of Head of Graduate Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.

Research interests

The scope of my research in exercise physiology that began during my doctoral candidature, includes molecular cell signalling, gene expression/genetics and protein synthesis in skeletal muscle through to whole body metabolism, and attempts to bridge the gap between basic sciences and applied sport science.

My primary interests are in the specificity of training adaptation and nutrient-training interactions to promote adaptation in skeletal muscle.

The focus of my research is related to athletic training and performance, but many of the underlying mechanisms of adaptation also closely align with prevention of obesity and associated co-morbidities, and maintenance of functional capacity with aging.

My current research is exploring the variation in response to different types of contractile overload, and genotype-phenotype interactions that may determine the extent of adaptation in skeletal muscle.


  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours) Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy RMIT University

Fields of Research

  • Sports science and exercise

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