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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Genetics and adaptation to training in health and disease
  • Exercise/muscle physiology
  • Epigenetics and exercise responses

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Nir Eynon

Associate Professor Nir Eynon is:

  • a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow (2018-2021)
  • a former ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow (2014-2016)
  • a group leader (Genetics, Epigenetics and Exercise Group), at the Institute of Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University
  • a recipient of Vice-Chancellor’s Peak Award for Excellence in Research (2018)
  • an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • an Academic Editor in BMC Genomics and PLOS ONE Journals (both Quartile 1).

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

In June 2012 Nir was appointed as a lecturer, in June 2014 he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer, and in January 2018 he was appointed as Associate Professor at IHES.

His main area of research is genetics, epigenetic and molecular performance in health and disease, and he is leading the multi-centre Gene SMART (Skeletal Muscle Adaptive Response to Training) study.

Nir is currently supervising outstanding postdoctoral, PhD and honours students (including Dr Sarah Voisin, recent recipient of NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2019-22).

Since 2008, Nir has published 75 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts in applied physiology, sport science, genetics and clinical journals, and 6 book chapters. He has more than 30 delivered key-note/invited presentations in international conferences regarding the influence of genetic and molecular factors on exercise.


  • PhD (high distinction), Faculty of Health Science, Porto University, Portugal
  • MPE, The Zinman College, the Wingate Institute, Israel
  • BEd, The Zinman College, the Wingate Institute, Israel.

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Houweling, P. J., Papadimitriou, I. D., Seto, J. T., Perez, L. M., Coso, J. D., North, K. N., Lucia, A., & Eynon, N. (181201). Is evolutionary loss our gain? The role of ACTN3 p.Arg577Ter (R577X) genotype in athletic performance, ageing, and disease. Human Mutation, 39(12), (1774-1787).

doi: 10.1002/humu.23663

2017 Eynon, N., Voisin, S., Lucia, A., Wang, G., & Pitsiladis, Y. (171114). Preface: Genomics and biology of exercise is undergoing a paradigm shift. BMC Genomics, 18

doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-4184-6

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

2017 Willems, S. M., Wright, D. J., Day, F. R., Trajanoska, K., Joshi, P. K., Morris, J. A., Matteini, A. M., Garton, F. C., Grarup, N., & Oskolkov, N. (170712). Large-scale GWAS identifies multiple loci for hand grip strength providing biological insights into muscular fitness. Nature Communications, 8

doi: 10.1038/ncomms16015

2017 Levinger, I., Yan, X., Bishop, D., Houweling, P. J., Papadimitriou, I., Munson, F., Byrnes, E., Vicari, D., Brennan-Speranza, T. C., & Eynon, N. (170501). The influence of -actinin-3 deficiency on bone remodelling markers in young men. Bone, 98 (26-30).

doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2017.02.010

2016 Papadimitriou, I. D., Lucia, A., Pitsiladis, Y. P., Pushkarev, V. P., Dyatlov, D. A., Orekhov, E. F., Artioli, G. G., Guilherme, J. PLF., Lancha, A. H., & Gineviiene, V. (160413). ACTN3 R577X and ACE I/D gene variants influence performance in elite sprinters: A multi-cohort study. BMC Genomics, 17(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2462-3

2016 Pitsiladis, Y. P., Tanaka, M., Eynon, N., Bouchard, C., North, K. N., Williams, A. G., Collins, M., Moran, C. N., Britton, S. L., & Fuku, N. (160301). Athlome project consortium: A concerted effort to discover genomic and other "omic" markers of athletic performance. Physiological Genomics, 48(3), (183-190).

doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00105.2015

2016 Rankinen, T., Fuku, N., Wolfarth, B., Wang, G., Sarzynski, M. A., Alexeev, D. G., Ahmetov, I. I., Boulay, M. R., Cieszczyk, P., & Eynon, N. (160101). No evidence of a common DNA variant profile specific to world class endurance athletes. PLoS ONE, 11(1),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147330

2015 Webborn, N., Williams, A., McNamee, M., Bouchard, C., Pitsiladis, Y., Ahmetov, I., Ashley, E., Byrne, N., Camporesi, S., & Collins, M. (151201). Direct-to-consumer genetic testing for predicting sports performance and talent identification: Consensus statement. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(23), (1486-1491).

doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095343

2015 Voisin, S., Eynon, N., Yan, X., & Bishop, D. J. (150101). Exercise training and DNA methylation in humans. Acta Physiologica, 213(1), (39-59).

doi: 10.1111/apha.12414

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.

Targeting the Genome & Epigenome of the Exercising Skeletal Muscle
From: ARC - Discovery
Investigators: Dr Sarah Voisin
For period: 2019-2021

Discovering and targeting genes regulating skeletal muscle function, metabolism, and adaptations to exercise interventions
From: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
For period: 2018-2021

HPRnet - Discovering 'combat genes' to help identify, and optimise the training of, the future soldier.
From: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Investigators: Prof David Bishop, Dr Sarah Voisin
For period: 2017-2020

The influence of a common genetic variant (ACTN3 R577X) on changes in bone remodelling markers and the control of blood glucose following exercise training
From: The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
Investigators: Aspr Itamar Levinger, Prof David Bishop, Dr Xu Yan
For period: 2015-2017

Discovering The Effects of alpha-actinin-3 Deficiency on Muscle Adaptations to Exercise Training in Humans
For period: 2014-2017
The effects of alpha-actinin-3 on muscle metabolism, human health and disease
From: NHMRC (Non-Lead Org)
Investigators: Prof David Bishop
For period: 2014-2016
The associations between gene expression, muscle mass, strength and function in people with critical illness: a pilot study
From: Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS)
Investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto
For period: 2014-2014

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Other supervision of research students

I co-supervise 3 PhD students at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Australia, University of Queensland (UQ) Australia, and the University of Brighton, UK.

Teaching activities & experience

  • AHE3100 Advanced exercise physiology

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2018 - Jan 2018
NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
Victoria University
Jan 2014 - Nov 2018
Group Leader (Genetics, Epigenetics, and Exercise Research Group)
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2018 -
Jan 2018
NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
Victoria University
Jan 2014 -
Nov 2018
Group Leader (Genetics, Epigenetics, and Exercise Research Group)
Victoria University


Year Award

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training - Victoria University




Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Research & Research Training Early Career Researcher - Victoria University


PhD with high distinction - University of Porto, Portugal

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Media appearances

12th November 2016

Genetic ID

ABC Catalyst

12th November 2015

Speed Gene

Channel 7 Today Tonight

12th November 2017

Genetic Key to Exercise Uncovered

Herald Sun