Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance
  • Polycystic Ovary syndrome
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolism

Available to supervise research students

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About Alba Moreno-asso

Alba is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) at Victoria University, and a member-in-training at the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). She obtained her PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Her current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms regulating insulin resistance in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and the associated epigenetic and transcriptomic profiling. She's also exploring the molecular adaptations to exercise training in these women,as part of a multi-site clinical trial funded by NHMRC Project Grant (2019-2022), to understand how exercise can improve their metabolic health and wellbeing.

Alba also maintains domestic and international collaborations with research leaders from the University of Adelaide, UNSW, ACU, Monash University and the University of Copenhagen.



  • PhD in Biomedicine, University of Barcelona, Spain, 2014
  • MSc in Biomedicine, University of Barcelona, Spain, 2010
  • BSc in Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2009

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Smith, C., Lin, X., Scott, D., Brennan-Speranza, T. C., Al, Saedi., Moreno-Asso, A., Woessner, M., Bani, Hassan., Eynon, N., & Duque, G. (210409). Uncovering the Bone-Muscle Interaction and Its Implications for the Health and Function of Older Adults (the Wellderly Project): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial.. JMIR Res Protoc, 10(4),

doi: 10.2196/18777

2020 Danaher, J., Stathis, C. G., Wilson, R. A., Moreno-Asso, A., Wellard, R. M., & Cooke, M. B. (200817). High intensity exercise downregulates FTO mRNA expression during the early stages of recovery in young males and females. Nutrition and Metabolism, 17(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12986-020-00489-1

2020 Stepto, N. K., Hiam, D., Gibson-Helm, M., Cassar, S., Harrison, C. L., Hutchison, S. K., Joham, A. E., Canny, B. J., Moreno-Asso, A., & Strauss, B. J. (200101). Exercise and insulin resistance in PCOS: Muscle insulin signalling and fibrosis. Endocrine Connections, 9(4), (346-359).

doi: 10.1530/EC-19-0551

2019 Hiam, D., Simar, D., Laker, R., Altlnta, A., Gibson-Helm, M., Fletcher, E., Moreno-Asso, A., Trewin, A. J., Barres, R., & Stepto, N. K. (191201). Epigenetic Reprogramming of Immune Cells in Women with PCOS Impact Genes Controlling Reproductive Function. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 104(12), (6155-6170).

doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-01015

2019 Stepto, N. K., Moreno-Asso, A., McIlvenna, L. C., Walters, K. A., & Rodgers, R. J. (191101). Molecular Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Unraveling the Conundrum in Skeletal Muscle?. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 104(11), (5372-5381).

doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-00167

2019 Hiam, D., Moreno-Asso, A., Teede, H. J., Laven, J. SE., Stepto, N. K., Moran, L. J., & Gibson-Helm, M. (191001). The Genetics of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: An Overview of Candidate Gene Systematic Reviews and Genome-Wide Association Studies. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, 8(10),

doi: 10.3390/jcm8101606

2019 Stepto, N. K., Patten, R. K., Tassone, E. C., Misso, M. L., Brennan, L., Boyle, J., Boyle, R. A., Harrison, C. L., Hirschberg, A. L., & Marsh, K. (190801). Exercise Recommendations for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Is the Evidence Enough?. Sports Medicine, 49(8), (1143-1157).

doi: 10.1007/s40279-019-01133-6

2019 Hiam, D., Patten, R., Gibson-Helm, M., Moreno-Asso, A., McIlvenna, L., Levinger, I., Harrison, C., Moran, L. J., Joham, A., & Parker, A. (190416). The effectiveness of high intensity intermittent training on metabolic, reproductive and mental health in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: Study protocol for the iHIT- randomised controlled trial. Trials, 20(1),

doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-3313-8

2017 Rodriguez-Comas, J., Moreno-Asso, A., Moreno-Vedia, J., Martin, M., Castano, C., Marza-Florensa, A., Bofill-De, Ros., Mir-Coll, J., Montane, J., & Fillat, C. (171201). Stress-induced microrna-708 impairs b-cell function and growth. Diabetes, 66(12), (3029-3040).

doi: 10.2337/db16-1569

2017 Abell, S. K., Shorakae, S., Harrison, C. L., Hiam, D., Moreno-Asso, A., Stepto, N. K., De, Courten., & Teede, H. J. (171101). The association between dysregulated adipocytokines in early pregnancy and development of gestational diabetes. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, 33(8),

doi: 10.1002/dmrr.2926

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Developing a tissue culture model of exercise training: Impacts of contraction on human myotube function and metabolism in health and disease.
From: ISEAL, Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS)
Other investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto, Prof Andrew Mcainch
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal Supervisor supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal Supervisor supervisor


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.