A/Prof NIGEL STEPTO undertook his undergraduate training and a master’s degree at University of Cape Town South Africa, then move to Australian in 1998, after which he undertook and completed his PhD in the Exercise Sciences from RMIT University from 1999 to 2002. After a short Post-Doctoral fellowship at Monash University (in Women’s Health) and lectureship in department of Physiology Monash University, he move to Victoria University in 2007 and is now an Associate Professor in the College of Sport and Exercise Science Victoria University, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and the Leader of the Clinical Exercise Research program in the Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL). He now holds an honorary research fellow position in Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. A/Prof Stepto has been actively researching how skeletal muscle adapts to exercise training in those with chronic lifestyle diseases. Specifically he is interested in High-intensity Intermittent Training (HIIT) and how this may acutely influence clinical outcomes such as blood glucose control, reproductive and mental health in women as well as physiological outcomes in the muscle such as RNA and micro-RNA expression, protein signalling lipid storage and tissue fibrosis. Using this basic science approach to exercise, A/Prof Stepto is now undertaking implementation research that focuses on engaging people in physical activity for the prevention of obesity and diabetes, with a special interest in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). A/Prof Stepto has been a successful recipient of NHMRC project grant funding for exercise research in women with PCOS, as well as being a current recipient of funding from the Australian Governments Collaborative Research Network for teaching relief, and several Victoria University Strategic Research Grants.
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