• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 2300 Citations
  • 25 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 2004 2019

  • 2300 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
  • 37 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 3 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Comment/debate
4 Citations (Scopus)

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., 1 Mar 2019, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Resistance Training
Muscle Strength
Skeletal Muscle

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

53 Downloads (Pure)

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Muscle Strength
Resistance Training
Quadriceps Muscle
Body Composition
11 Citations (Scopus)
90 Downloads (Pure)

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
JNK Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
physical exercise
47 Citations (Scopus)

Concurrent exercise training: Do opposites distract?

Coffey, V. G. & Hawley, J. A., 1 May 2017, In : Journal of Physiology. 595, 9, p. 2883-2896 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Skeletal Muscle
Athletic Performance

Activities 2017 2018

  • 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

Physiological and Practical Challenges in Concurrent Training

Vernon Coffey (Speaker)
25 Oct 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

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