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  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 2447 Citations
  • 26 h-Index

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Personal profile

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

  • 2447 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
  • 40 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 3 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Comment/debate

An epigenetic clock for human skeletal muscle

Voisin, S., Harvey, N., Haupt, L., Griffiths, L. R., Ashton, K. J., Coffey, V. G., Doering, T. M., Thompson, J-L., Benedict, C., Cedernaes, J., Lindholm, M. E., Craig, J. M., Rowlands, D. S., Sharples, A. P., Horvath, S. & Eynon, N., 17 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    24 Downloads (Pure)

    Do multi-ingredient protein supplements augment resistance training-induced gains in skeletal muscle mass and strength? A systematic review and meta-analysis of 35 trials

    O'Bryan, K. R., Doering, T. M., Morton, R. W., Coffey, V. G., Phillips, S. M. & Cox, G. R., May 2020, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 54, 10

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Effect of individual environmental heat stress variables on training and recovery in professional team sport

    O'Connor, F., Stern, S., Doering, T. M., Minett, G. M., Reaburn, P. R. J., Bartlett, J. & Coffey, V. G., 26 Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • The effect of exercise interventions on resting metabolic rate: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    MacKenzie, K., Kelly, J., So, D., Coffey, V. G. & Byrne, N., 13 May 2020, In : Journal of Sports Sciences.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Repeated muscle glycogen supercompensation with four days’ recovery between exhaustive exercise

    Doering, T. M., Cox, G. R., Areta, J. L. & Coffey, V. G., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 22, 8, p. 907-911 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    • 3 Invited talk
    • 1 Thesis Examination
    • 1 Oral presentation

    The Acute Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Leukocyte Telomere Biology

    Vernon Coffey (Examiner)
    7 Sep 2018

    Activity: ExaminationThesis Examination

    The complexity of mixing exercise modes: is adaptation compromised or just complicated?

    Vernon Coffey (Speaker)
    29 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    What can research tell us about concurrent strength and endurance training for sport?

    Vernon Coffey (Speaker)
    29 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Speed Research Presentations

    Elisabeth Isenring (Speaker), Jaimon T Kelly (Speaker), Christian Moro (Speaker), Mark Morgan (Speaker), Anna V. Lorimer (Speaker), Vernon G Coffey (Speaker), Rae Louise Thomas (Speaker), Alexandra Bannach-Brown (Speaker), Ray N Moynihan (Speaker), Daniel Maupin (Speaker), Rob Marc Orr (Speaker), Nigel L Barnett (Speaker), Russ Chess-Williams (Speaker)
    21 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Physiological and Practical Challenges in Concurrent Training

    Vernon Coffey (Speaker)
    25 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Muscle switch

    Vernon Coffey


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Muscle 'Switch'

    Vernon G Coffey


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Muscle “Switch” May Control the Benefits of Exercise

    Vernon G Coffey


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Muscle 'switch' may control the benefits of exercise

    Vernon Coffey


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Muscle 'switch' may control the benefits of exercise

    Vernon Coffey


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Quantification of the physical demands and perceived wellness associated with practice and competition in NCAA division I college football players.

    Author: Wellman, A., 16 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: McLellan, C. P. (Supervisor) & Coffey, V. G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis