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Associate Professor Nir Eynon

PhD with Distinction (Portugal), M.P.E (Israel), BEd (Israel)

Australian Research Council Early Career Fellow (DECRA) / Senior Lecturer

Nir is an ARC DECRA Fellow (2014-2016) and a Group Leader (Genes, Performance & Injury Group) at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University. Nir is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, and an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE Journal.

He earned his PhD degree with distinction, in 2010, from Porto University, Portugal. In September 2011 he was appointed as a Research Fellow under the supervision of Professor David Bishop, at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University, Australia.

In late 2017, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recognised Dr Nir Eynon as one of Australia’s top early-to-mid-career researchers, awarding him a highly competitive Career Development Fellowship for his ground-breaking work on genes.  His research project will receive $431,000 over four years to target or discover new genes related to muscle performance.

In June 2012 Nir was appointed as a lecturer, and in June 2014 he was appointed as a Senior Lecture at ISEAL.

Dr Eynon, who came to VU as a post-doctoral researcher from Israel in 2011. He is the first VU academic to receive the NHMRC Fellowship in addition to an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2014-16).  

He is an internationally recognised expert in the field of genetics and molecular biology of exercise, and currently co-leads a large international genes and exercise research group (The Athlome Consortium) collaborating with other expert researchers in the field.

His main area of research is Genetics and molecular performance in health and disease, and is co-Principal Investigator (with Professor David Bishop) in the Gene SMART study.

Recent publications

Voisin S, Eynon N, Yan X, Bishop DJ. Exercise training and DNA methylation in humans. Acta Physiol 213: 39-59, 2015 (Impact Factor=4.3)

Sawczuk M, Banting LK, Cięszczyk P, Maciejewska A, Zarębska A, Leońska-Duniec A, Jastrzębski Z, Bishop DJ, Eynon N. MCT1 A1470T:  a novel polymorphism for sprint performance? J Sci Med Sports 18: 114-118, 2015 (Impact Factor=3.0).

Bishop DJ, Granata C, Eynon N. Can we optimise the exercise training prescription to maximise improvements mitochondria function and content? Invited Review. Biochim Biophys Acta 1840: 1266-1275, 2014. (Impact Factor=3.9). 
This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Frontiers of Mitochondrial Research.

Voisin S, Cieszczyk P, Pushkarev VP, Dyatlov DA, Vashlyayev BF, Shumaylov VA, Maciejewska-Karlowska A, Sawczuk M, Skuza L, Jastrzebski Z, Bishop DJ, Eynon N. EPSA1 gene variants are associated with sprint/power athletic performance in two cohorts of European athletes. BMC Genomics 18: 15:382, 2014. (Impact Factor=4.1).
This was a highly accessed paper in 2014.

Eynon N, Hanson ED, Lucia A, Houweling PJ, Garton F, North KN, Bishop DJ. Genes for elite power and sprint performance: ACTN3 leads the way. Sport Medicine 43: 803-817, 2013 Impact Factor=5.15)

View Nir's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository.

Research grants

Dr Eynon has been a leader of or contributor to external grant funding schemes (including category 1) with a total funding allocation of more than $AUD 1 million. Recent grant fundings:

  • 2014-2016: Eynon N. Discovering the Effect of α-actinin-3 Deficiency on Muscle Adaptations to Exercise Training in Humans. ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award, $394,334.
  • 2014-2016: CIA: North KN, CIB: Bishop DJ, CIC: Head S, CID: Quinlan K, AI: Gregorevic P, AI: Eynon N, AI: Hoffman E. The effects of α-actinin-3 on muscle metabolism, human health and disease, $621,894.

Teaching responsibilities

Postgraduate research students and fellows

  • Co-supervision of 1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and 1 PhD student.
  • Main Supervision of 1 Honours student and 3 intern students.

Professional membership

  • 2014-to present: Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • 2013-to present: Member of Human Genetic Society of Australasia (HGSA)
  • 2013-to present: Member of Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS)
  • 2012-to present: Member of the Australian Physiological Society (AuPS)
  • 2012-to present: Academic member of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Appearances in the media

Areas of expertise

  • Genes, performance & injury
  • Mitochondria
  • Muscle mass
  • Skeletal muscle & training

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5615
+61 3 9919 9185