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Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Molecular Physiology
  • Metabolism
  • Mitochondria in health and disease

Available to supervise research students

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About Amanda Genders

Amanda is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Sport & Health.

She obtained her PhD from the University of Tasmania, and has previously worked at the University of Virginia and Deakin University. 

Her current research interests lie in understanding the mechanisms that mediate exercise-induced changes in mitochondria. 

Additionally, Amanda is interested in how exercise is able to benefit, and reduce insulin resistance.


  • BSc (Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia
  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Bishop, D. J., Botella, J., Genders, A. J., Lee, M. JC., Saner, N. J., Kuang, J., Yan, X., & Granata, C. (190101). High-intensity exercise and mitochondrial biogenesis: Current controversies and future research directions. Physiology, 34(1), (56-70).

doi: 10.1152/physiol.00038.2018

2018 Czeczor, J. K., Genders, A. J., Aston-Mourney, K., Connor, T., Hall, L. G., Hasebe, K., Ellis, M., De, Jong., Henstridge, D. C., & Meikle, P. J. (180601). APP deficiency results in resistance to obesity but impairs glucose tolerance upon high fat feeding. Journal of Endocrinology, 237(3), (311-322).

doi: 10.1530/JOE-18-0051

2018 Kuang, J., Yan, X., Genders, A. J., Granata, C., & Bishop, D. J. (180501). An overview of technical considerations when using quantitative real-time PCR analysis of gene expression in human exercise research. PLoS ONE, 13(5),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196438

2016 Peiris, H., Duffield, M. D., Fadista, J., Jessup, C. F., Kashmir, V., Genders, A. J., McGee, S. L., Martin, A. M., Saiedi, M., & Morton, N. (160501). A Syntenic Cross Species Aneuploidy Genetic Screen Links RCAN1 Expression to -Cell Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetes. PLoS Genetics, 12(5),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006033

2016 Coughlan, M. T., Higgins, G. C., Nguyen, T. V., Penfold, S. A., Thallas-Bonke, V., Tan, S. M., Ramm, G., Van, Bergen., Henstridge, D. C., & Sourris, K. C. (160401). Deficiency in apoptosis-inducing factor recapitulates chronic kidney disease via aberrant mitochondrial homeostasis. Diabetes, 65(4), (1085-1098).

doi: 10.2337/db15-0864

2015 Selathurai, A., Kowalski, G. M., Burch, M. L., Sepulveda, P., Risis, S., Lee-Young, R. S., Lamon, S., Meikle, P. J., Genders, A. J., & McGee, S. L. (150501). The CDP-Ethanolamine Pathway Regulates Skeletal Muscle Diacylglycerol Content and Mitochondrial Biogenesis without Altering Insulin Sensitivity. Cell Metabolism, 21(5), (718-730).

doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2015.04.001

2013 Genders, A. J., Frison, V., Abramson, S. R., & Barrett, E. J. (130701). Endothelial cells actively concentrate insulin during its transendothelial transport. Microcirculation, 20(5), (434-439).

doi: 10.1111/micc.12044

2012 Majumdar, S., Genders, A. J., Inyard, A. C., Frison, V., & Barrett, E. J. (120201). Insulin entry into muscle involves a saturable process in the vascular endothelium. Diabetologia, 55(2), (450-456).

doi: 10.1007/s00125-011-2343-x

2011 Genders, A. J., Bradley, E. A., Rattigan, S., & Richards, S. M. (110801). cGMP phosphodiesterase inhibition improves the vascular and metabolic actions of insulin in skeletal muscle. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 301(2),

doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00691.2010

2010 St-Pierre, P., Genders, A. J., Keske, M. A., Richards, S. M., & Rattigan, S. (100101). Loss of insulin-mediated microvascular perfusion in skeletal muscle is associated with the development of insulin resistance. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 12(9), (798-805).

doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1326.2010.01235.x

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Other supervision of research students

Co-supervision of one PhD candidate at Deakin University.

Teaching activities & experience

  • Tutor, HBM 3101 Research Methods
  • Tutor, RBM 2202 Pathophysiology and Quality Use of Medicine 2
  • Guest Lecturer, Deakin University (Biotechnology)
  • Undergraduate teaching at the University of Tasmania (Human Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology)

Professional memberships

  • Member, Australian Physiological Society
  • Member, Australian Diabetes Society
  • Member, European Association for the Study of Diabetes