Vernon Coffey


  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 2030 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
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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.

Statement for HDR students

The nature of my field of research dictates that research projects of interest will typically utilise the muscle biopsy technique to enable the quantification of proteins and genes directly in the muscle, rather than being limited to indirect alternatives in the circulating blood (if any) or sports performance outcomes.

Investigating a sub-cellular muscle profile is a difficult proposition, particularly for applied sport scientists or dietitians, but the additional information that it provides is critical for understanding the "how" and "why" of nutrient-training interactions or training adaptation.

Previous post-graduate students that I have supervised have undertaken general thesis titles including:

  • The specificity of training adaptation in skeletal muscle
  • Optimizing protein delivery to promote skeletal muscle protein synthesis
  • Variable CHO-high protein diets for healthy weight loss

My current interests include, but are not limited to, the interference effect with concurrent training, and practical implications of manipulating muscle glycogen concentration on adaptation.


External positions

Queensland University of Technology

Apr 2013Nov 2014

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University


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Research Output 2004 2018

  • 2030 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
  • 36 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 3 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Comment/debate

Adaptations to Concurrent Training in Combination with High Protein Availability: A Comparative Trial in Healthy, Recreationally Active Men

Shamim, B., Devlin, B. L., Timmins, R. G., Tofari, P., Dow, C. L., Coffey, V. G., Hawley, J. A. & Camera, D. M. 19 Oct 2018 In : Sports Medicine. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Muscle Strength
Resistance Training
Quadriceps Muscle
Body Composition

JNK regulates muscle remodeling via myostatin/SMAD inhibition

Lessard, S. J., MacDonald, T. L., Pathak, P., Han, M. S., Coffey, V. G., Edge, J., Rivas, D. A., Hirshman, M. F., Davis, R. J. & Goodyear, L. J. 2 Aug 2018 In : Nature Communications. 9, 1, 14 p., 3030

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
JNK Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
physical exercise
27 Citations

Concurrent exercise training: Do opposites distract?

Coffey, V. G. & Hawley, J. A. 27 Apr 2017 In : Journal of Physiology. 595, 9, p. 2883-2896 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Skeletal Muscle
Athletic Performance
6 Citations

A randomized trial of high-dairy-protein, variable-carbohydrate diets and exercise on body composition in adults with obesity

Parr, E. B., Coffey, V. G., Cato, L. E., Phillips, S. M., Burke, L. M. & Hawley, J. A. 1 May 2016 In : Obesity. 24, 5, p. 1035-1045 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Composition
dairy protein
body composition
10 Citations

Circulating microrna responses between 'high' and 'low' responders to a 16-Wk diet and exercise weight loss intervention

Parr, E. B., Camera, D. M., Burke, L. M., Phillips, S. M., Coffey, V. G. & Hawley, J. A. 1 Apr 2016 In : PLoS One. 11, 4, e0152545

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reducing Diet