Dr Matthew Cooke is an Honorary Fellow in the College of Health & Biomedicine.

Dr Cooke received his Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences) with honours and his PhD in Muscle Physiology, Performance and Nutrition from Victoria University. He then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Assistant Professorship at Baylor University in Waco, Texas from 2006-2009. In 2010, Dr Cooke completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship in Clinical Exercise Physiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Dr Cooke is an active researcher. His overall research focus is metabolic health and disease. His other areas of research interest include:

  • resistance training and nutritional interventions on the physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle atrophy (sarcopenia) associated with aging
  • nutritional supplementation and/or varied training regimes to manipulate muscle bioenergetics in aged and diseased populations
  • exercise training and nutritional interventions on weight loss, weight maintenance, and metabolism in aged and diseased populations.

Postgraduate research students & fellows


5 PhD students (1 supervisor and 4 co-supervisor)

3 Masters students (supervisor)

Current supervision

Co-supervision of 1 PhD student and 1 Honours student

Research Grants

  • 2011 and 2013: $65,000, Victoria University
  • 2012: $106,000, Nutraveris
  • 2011: $25,000, Sabinsa Corporation
  • 2010: $12,000, Queensland University
  • 2010: $159,000, NHMRC Equipment Grant
  • 2008: $28,000, Baylor University
  • 2006: $180,000, Pharma Base and Ambryx Biotechnology

Professional membership

  • American College of Sport Medicine
  • Exercise and Sport Science Association
  • Australian Physiology Society

Conference presentations

M.B. Cooke, E. Rybalka, C.G. Stathis, P.J. Cribb, and A. Hayes (2010). Improved Strength after Eccentrically-Induced Muscle Damage in Healthy Individuals with Whey Protein Isolate Supplementation. Proceedings at the ESSA/SDA 2010 Conference -"Research to Practice" - science & nutrition in exercise & sport.

M.B. Cooke, Thomas W. Buford, Brian D. Shelmadine, Geoffrey M. Hudson, Liz Redd, Cecelia Curts, Darryn S. Willoughby (2009). The effects of eccentric treadmill exercise on skeletal muscle transcription of inflammatory-related genes. Proceedings at the American College of Sports Medicine 2009

M. Iosia, M. Spano, M. Cooke, and C. Kerksick (2009). Review of Protein Amino Acid Supplement Research Design in Sports and Exercise. Proceedings at the South Eastern American College of Sports Medicine

Research-Based and Nutritional Strategies that Promote Healthy Aging and Longevity (2009). International Society of Sports Nutrition - Nutrition and Conditioning Seminar

Exercise to Build and Preserve Muscle Mass in Older Adults: A Research-Based Programme (2005) 2nd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity.

Areas of expertise

  • Exercise is Medicine
  • Genotyping and Metabolic Characterization for Personalised Health Care
  • Metabolic Health and Disease

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