Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics and adaptation to training in health and disease
  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Human exercise research

Available to supervise research students

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About Jujiao Kuang

Dr Jujiao Kuang is a Research Fellow of the Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS) at Victoria University.

Jujiao has extensive training in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, with specialist expertise in the study of Caenorhabditis elegans and human mitochondria. Since receiving her PhD in 2011 from the University of Queensland, Jujiao has published over twelve papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including the prestigious journal Science.

Following her PhD, Jujiao completed Postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming (USA) and the Laboratory of Ageing at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology (Australia).

After joining the research group of Professor David Bishop at Victoria University in 2014, Jujiao's research has focused on investigating the mechanisms that underlie the role of mitochondria in response to exercise, mainly using human skeletal muscle. She is also actively involved in supervising visiting students, Honours and PhD students.  



  • PhD (Genetics and Biochemistry), University of Queensland, Australia, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Queensland, Australia, 2005
  • Diploma in Biotechnology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Saner, N. J., Lee, M. JC., Pitchford, N. W., Kuang, J., Roach, G. D., Garnham, A., Stokes, T., Phillips, S. M., Bishop, D. J., & Bartlett, J. D. (200401). The effect of sleep restriction, with or without high-intensity interval exercise, on myofibrillar protein synthesis in healthy young men. Journal of Physiology, 598(8), (1523-1536).

doi: 10.1113/JP278828

2020 Jacques, M., Kuang, J., Bishop, D. J., Yan, X., Alvarez-Romero, J., Munson, F., Garnham, A., Papadimitriou, I., Voisin, S., & Eynon, N. (200201). Mitochondrial respiration variability and simulations in human skeletal muscle: The Gene SMART study. FASEB Journal, 34(2), (2978-2986).

doi: 10.1096/fj.201901997RR

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

2019 Falcao-Tebas, F., Kuang, J., Arceri, C., Kerris, J. P., Andrikopoulos, S., Marin, E. C., & McConell, G. K. (190101). Four weeks of exercise early in life reprograms adult skeletal muscle insulin resistance caused by a paternal high-fat diet. Journal of Physiology, 597(1), (121-136).

doi: 10.1113/JP276386

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

2017 Yan, X., Eynon, N., Papadimitriou, I. D., Kuang, J., Munson, F., Tirosh, O., O'Keefe, L., Griffiths, L. R., Ashton, K. J., & Byrne, N. (171114). The gene SMART study: Method, study design, and preliminary findings. BMC Genomics, 18

doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-4186-4

2012 Schlipalius, D. I., Valmas, N., Tuck, A. G., Jagadeesan, R., Li, M., Kaur, R., Goldinger, A., Anderson, C., Kuang, J., & Zuryn, S. (121109). A core metabolic enzyme mediates resistance to phosphine gas. Science, 338(6108), (807-810).

doi: 10.1126/science.1224951

2012 Kuang, J., & Ebert, P. R. (120301). The failure to extend lifespan via disruption of complex II is linked to preservation of dynamic control of energy metabolism. Mitochondrion, 12(2), (280-287).

doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2011.10.003

2010 Zuryn, S., Kuang, J., Tuck, A., & Ebert, P. R. (100901). Mitochondrial dysfunction in Caenorhabditis elegans causes metabolic restructuring, but this is not linked to longevity. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, 131(9), (554-561).

doi: 10.1016/j.mad.2010.07.004

2008 Zuryn, S., Kuang, J., & Ebert, P. (080301). Mitochondrial modulation of phosphine toxicity and resistance in Caenorhabditis elegans. Toxicological Sciences, 102(1), (179-186).

doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfm278

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.

The effects of high-intensity interval training in hypoxia on key mitochondrial signaling in human skeletal muscle
From: Southwest University, China
Other investigators: Prof David Bishop, Prof Itamar Levinger, Dr Xu Yan
For period: 2022-2023
Not disclosed

Optimised Nutrition to Fuel a Fit Soldier
From: Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet), Victoria University
Other investigators: Prof David Bishop
For period: 2019-2024
Not disclosed


Many thanks to the following organisations for their support and essential contributions to my research:

  • Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS) at Victoria University.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

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

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
Master of Research (1) Principal supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2014 - Present
Research Fellow
Victoria University
Jun 2011 - Nov 2019
Post-doctoral Research Associate
University of Wyoming
Jan 2006 - Dec 2010
Research Assistant
University of Queensland
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2014 -
Research Fellow
Victoria University
Jun 2011 -
Nov 2019
Post-doctoral Research Associate
University of Wyoming
Jan 2006 -
Dec 2010
Research Assistant
University of Queensland