Professor David Bishop

BHMS Ed Hons PhD (QLD), Accredited Sports Scientist (ESSA)

Research Leader, Sport, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living

In the three years prior to the Sydney Olympics, Professor Bishop worked as an applied sport scientist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. He has also been employed by the Fremantle Football Club as a sport-science consultant.

Professor Bishop has more than 160 published papers, 200 abstracts, and six book chapters in the area of human movement and sport science. He has an h-index of 44 and i10-index of 96 (indicating that 96 of his publications have been cited more than 10 times each). He has also been an invited speaker at 30 international conferences.

He has been awarded the "Young Investigator Award (Biophysical Sciences)" and the "Best Paper" prize at Sports Medicine Australia and Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) conferences. 

He also been made a fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the European College of Sports Science (ECSS).

Professor Bishop is also the past president and current director (Sport Science) of ESSA, and assistant editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE).

Publications

Prof Bishop has (co)authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles, 7 book chapters, 250 conference presentations, and a dozen popular science and opinion articles.

Refereed journal articles

Bishop, D.J., Granata, C., Eynon, N.(2013). Can we optimise exercise training to improve mitochondrial function and content. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. In Press.

Thomas, C., Bishop, D.J., Lambert, K., Mercier, J., Brooks, G.A. (2012). Effects of acute and chronic exercise on sarcolemmal MCT1 and MCT4 contents in human skeletal muscles: Current status. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 302(1): R1-R14.

Little, J.P., Safdar, A., Bishop D.J., Tarnopolsky,M.A., Gibala, M.J. (2011). An acute bout of high-intensity interval training increases the nuclear abundance of PGC-1α and activates mitochondrial biogenesis in human skeletal muscle. American Journal of Physiology. 300 (6): 1303-1310.

Bishop, D.J., Claire Thomas, Tom Moore-Morris, Michail Tonkonogi, Kent Sahlin and Jacques Mercier(2010). Sodium bicarbonate prior to training improves mitochondrial respiration in rats. American Journal of Physiology. 299: 225-233.

Bishop, D., Edge, J., Mendez-Villanueva, A., Thomas, C. and Schneiker, T. (2009). High-intensity exercise decreases muscle buffer capacity via a decrease in intracellular protein buffering in human skeletal muscle. Pflugers Archiv. 458:929-936.

View more of Professor Bishop's publications in Victoria University's Institutional Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

Postgraduate research students and fellows

13 PhD complete, 10 PhD in progress, 3 Postdoctoral fellows, 1 research assistant

Research Grants

Since beginning at ISEAL in 2010, Prof. Bishop has been an investigator on category-1 grants totalling more than 1.5 million dollars.

2014 – 2016. D. Bishop, P. Atherton, M. McKenna. ($360 000). ARC Discovery Project Grant. Discovering the role of pH in regulating mitochondrial biogenesis, so as to improve the design of preventative programs aimed at healthy ageing.

2014 – 2016. K. North, D. Bishop, S. Head, K. Quinlan. ($621,89). NHMRC Project Grant. The effects of α -actinin-3 on muscle metabolism, human health and disease.

2014 – 2016. N. Eynon. (Mentors: D. Bishop, K. North). ($394 344). ARC DECRA Grant. Discovering The Effect of alpha-actinin-3 Deficiency on Muscle Adaptations to Exercise Training in Humans.

2011-2012. Bishop, D.J., McKenna, M. ($87 517) ANZ Mason Foundation. Could impaired mitochondrial respiration be an underlying cause of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Professional memberships

  • Director (Sports Science) - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Past President - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Industry experience

In the three years prior to the Sydney Olympics, Professor Bishop worked as an applied sport scientist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. He has also been employed by the Fremantle Football Club as a sport-science consultant.

Appearances in the media

Professor Bishop is a regular contributor to critical debate in the media having delivered more than 50 interviews to print and broadcast media in 2013.

Portfolios

Areas of expertise

  • Effects of training on mitochondria (the energy producers in our cells)
  • Effects of “lactic acid” on performance and adaptations to training
  • Optimising team sport performance (especially Repeated-Sprint Ability)
  • Optimising training (including the influence of genes and nutrition)
  • Sport science

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