ISEAL staff

Our leadership team manage and oversee the four key research programs: Sport Science, Sport in Society, Clinical Exercise Science and Active Living & Public Health.

Our associates and postdoctoral research fellows support the Institute's direction and goals through research and engagement activities.

In 'ISEAL staff':

ISEAL Leadership


Professor Michael McKenna

Director, ISEAL

Michael McKenna

Professor Michael McKenna has an internationally recognised research history in integrative human exercise physiology. He is a world leader in skeletal muscle sodium/potassium-pump and potassium regulation in exercise in humans. He is also the coordinator of the Exercise Special Interest Group in the Australian Physiology Society.


Professor David Bishop

Sport Science - Research Program Leader

David Bishop

Professor David Bishop is an expert on the effects of training on mitochondria, the effects of lactic acid on performance and adaptations to training, fatigue, and optimising team sport performance. He is the past president and current director (sport science) of Exercise and Sport Science Australia, and assistant editor of The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.


Associate Professor Ramon Spaaij

Sport in Society - Research Program Leader

Associate Professor Ramón Spaaij is an expert in the sociology of sport and physical activity. His research focuses on socio-cultural aspects and impacts of sport, with a particular focus on questions of social cohesion, conflict and social change. He also holds a Special Chair in Sociology of Sport at the University of Amsterdam. He is convenor of the Sport Thematic Group in The Australian Sociological Association.

Professor Jason Allen

Clinical Exercise Science - Research Program Leader

Professor Jason Allen is an expert in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Vascular Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Registered Vascular Specialist (CCI). His research combines clinical, physiological, and biochemical techniques to investigate cardiovascular health and the atherosclerotic process. The focus is on peripheral blood flow, endothelial function, and nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability at rest and following acute and chronic stimulus. Within the College of Sport and Exercise Science he is also the Director of the Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation Program and Clinics.

Professor Stuart Biddle

Active Living and Public Health - Research Program Leader

Professor Stuart Biddle is an expert on active living and public health from the perspective of behaviour change. His research adopts a multi-disciplinary behavioural medicine approach concerning physical activity and sedentary behaviour with a particular emphasis on the measurement, prevalence, correlates and behaviour change elements of sedentary behaviour (sitting time). In addition, he has interests in active living and mental health, research application (translation) and policy.

Professor Glenn McConell

Muscle & Exercise Metabolism

Professor Glenn McConell is an is an expert on the factors regulating skeletal muscle glucose uptake during exercise. He has focussed on the role of AMPK and more recently has focussed on nitric oxide. He is also examining whether exercise early in life can prevent the glucose intolerance and insulin resistance associated with being born small. These studies involve humans (tracer methodologies, femoral artery-vein measurements as well as skeletal muscle biopsies), cell culture, rats and genetically modified mice. The research has implications for increasing our understanding of diabetes.

Professor Damian Farrow

VU-AIS Professor of Sport Science

Damian Farrow

Professor Damian Farrow is an expert on understanding the factors critical to sport expertise and talent/skill development. Holding a joint appointment between Victoria University and the Australian Institute of Sport, he conducts applied research and provides service to a range of national sports organisations focused on the development of athlete skill and coach education.