Professor John Hawley - Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


John is currently Head of the Exercise & Nutrition Research Group and Professor of Exercise Metabolism in the Department of Exercise Sciences. He has published over 200 scientific manuscripts (PUBMED), written over 80 articles for technical journals and has authored numerous book chapters for exercise biochemistry and sports medicine texts. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of many international journals including the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology and Metabolism); The Journal of Applied Physiology (U.S.A.); The Journal of Sports Sciences (U.K); Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (U.S.A.); Sports Medicine (New Zealand; and The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (U.S.A.). His laboratories research interests include the interaction of exercise and diet on skeletal muscle metabolism; the molecular bases of exercise training adaptation; the cellular bases underlying exercise-induced improvements in insulin action; and exercise-nutrient interventions for weight loss. He is a consultant for several professional sports teams in Europe and Australia and a regular invited speaker at numerous international conferences every year.


Phone :3552 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Exercise Metabolism ; Nutritional Strategies ; Diversity and Plasticity of Skeletal Muscle ; Obesity and Overweight ; Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise ; Training adaptation ;

Methods Expertise

Whole-body metabolism ; Cell Signalling ; Cell biology ; Carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism ; Tracer techniques ; Body composition ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Single and combined effects of beetroot juice and caffeine supplementation on cycling time trial performance, in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism

Ramping up the signal: promoting endurance training adaptation in skeletal muscle by nutritional manipulation, in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology

'Exercise snacks' before meals: a novel strategy to improve glycaemic control in individuals with insulin resistance., in Diabetologia

Protein ingestion increases myofibrillar protein synthesis after concurrent exercise, in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (online version)


Thiol-based antioxidant supplementation alters human skeletal muscle signaling and attenuates its inflammatory response and recovery following intense eccentric exercise., in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: a journal reporting the practical application of our world-wide knowledge of nutrition (online version)

Exercise training enhances white adipose tissue metabolism in rats selectively bred for low- or high-endurance running capacity., in American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism

Low intrinsic exercise capacity in rats predisposes to age-dependent cardiac remodeling independent of macrovascular function. , in American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology

Acute changes to biomarkers as a consequence of prolonged strenuous running. , in Ann Clin Biochem

Effect of a carbohydrate mouth rinse on simulated cycling time trial performance commenced in a fed or fasted state., in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism

Mitochondrial function in metabolic health: A genetic and environmental tug of war., in Biochim Biophys Acta

Two weeks of reduced-volume sprint interval or traditional exercise training does not improve metabolic functioning in sedentary obese men., in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism: a journal of pharmacology and therapeutics

ERK1/2 in the brain mediates the effects of central resistin on reducing thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue., in International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

Timing and distribution of protein ingestion during prolonged recovery from resistance exercise alters myofibrillar protein synthesis. , in Journal of Physiology (London)

'Sarcobesity': a metabolic conundrum, in Maturitas (print version)

Caffeine ingestion and cycling power output in a low or normal muscle glycogen state, in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (online version)

Nutritional strategies to modulate the adaptive response to endurance training. , in Nestle Nutrition Institute Workshop Series (print)