Dr Isabelle Lys - Nat Sch Science (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


Dr Isabelle Lys is interested in research involving animal/human/cell models of chronic diseases (eg obesity, diabetes), exercise physiology, enhancing experiences in teaching and learning of science in higher education, environmental health/science and steroid hormone regulation and function in animals and humans.

Dr Isabelle Lys worked as a research assistant in the Endocrinology and Molecular Biology lab at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne under the supervision of Assoc Prof Timothy Cole. During her PhD studies she worked for the Department of Biology and Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne as a sessional tutor and laboratory demonstrator. Dr Lys also lived and taught Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics as a residential tutor at International House, University of Melbourne from 2009 to 2013. After her Phd studies, she completed a one year postdoctoral research position at Ottawa Health and Research Institute, Canada from 2003-2004 studying hormone interactions during breast cancer development in breast cancer cells. Then she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for AgResearch in Hamilton, New Zealand from 2004 to 2007, investigating endocrinology, health, fertility and reproduction in both normal and transgenic cattle.

From 2007 to 2010, Dr Lys commenced her first lectureship in Health and Life Sciences at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. From 2010 to 2014, she commenced as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science at Charles Darwin University, Australia, prior to commencing her lectureship in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University in January 2015. She is passionate about learning and teaching practices for students and staff in health and biosciences, and have a wide range of interests in research into both sciences and science education disciplines.


-Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
-Bachelor of Science (Hons), Monash University
-PhD in General Medicine, Monash University
-Graduate Certicate in Teaching and Learning in Higher -Education, Charles Darwin University
-Master of Education International, Charles Darwin University
-PhD candidate in Education, Charles Darwin University (2016-present).


Phone :+617 3623 7355 (Brisbane)
Email :Isabelle.Lys@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Obesity ; Diabetes ; Exercise Physiology ; Endocrinology ; STEM in Higher Education ; Environmental Health ; Public Health ; Academic staff professional development ; Higher education pedagogy ;

Methods Expertise

Immunoblotting/Western Blotting, ELISA, ; Molecular techniques ; Histology, Gel electrophoresis ; Protein Assays, Tissue culture, Animal Models, ; Applied Sports Performance ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • The South Pacific Islands Resist Diabetes With Intense Training (SPIRIT) Study : investigation of obesity markers and morphological, functional and genetic changes in the skeletal muscle (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • The effects of salivary steroid hormone concentrations on athletic performance (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Identification of molecular and immuno diagnostic cancer markers in Northern Territory Australian indigenous population (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • The South Pacific Islands Resist Diabetes With Intense Training (SPIRIT) Study : impact of progressive resistance training and aerobic training on glycaemic control in MA?ori and Pacific Islands people with type 2 diabetes and grade III obesity (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Degradation of [Dha7] MC-LR by microcystin degrading bacterium isolated from Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand (PhD) (Associate Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • The intergration of structure and balanced function: How does Pilates re-educate the human body towards wholeness? (Master) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications


ECHO360 Active Learning Platform in Health Sciences Education, in International Journal for Innovation Education and Research


"Learning from students: Listening to what biomedical students want and what works", in , Human Library: Students as Partners Roundtable National Conference (2020), Deakin University

Get Wise with PeerWise in Biomedical Sciences?, in ASCILITE online conference.

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education: More than a tick box activity for staff?, in Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching online conference, Central University Queensland, Australia.


Possible hormone predictors of physical performance in adolescent team sport athletes, in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research


Progesterone and estradiol levels are predictors of planned agility, 10m and 20m sprint performance in young male Australian football athletes., in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, in press

The complete mitogenome of the New Zealand freshwater crayfish Paranephrops planifrons white 1842 (crustacean: Decopoda: parastacidae), in Mitochondrial DNA


Multi-Omic integrated networks connect DNA methylation and microRNA with skeletal muscle plasticity to chronic exercise in type 2 diabetic obesity, in Physiological Genomics 46 (20), 747-765


Degradation of [Dha7] MC-LR by microcystin degrading bacterium isolated from Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand., in ISRN Microbiology, Article ID 596429

Exercise improves quality of life in indigenous Polynesian peoples with type 2 diabetes and visceral obesity., in Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10 (5), 699-707


Response to scenario-based resourcesin a First Year Human Bioscience University Course, in Ako Aotearoa

Exercise Intervention in New Zealand Polynesian Peoples with Type 2 Diabetes: Cultural Considerations and Clinical Trial Recommendations, in Australasian Medical Journal, 5(8): 429-435.

Effect of aerobic exercise on leptin and PGC-1a gene expression in a unique cohort of morbidly obese Polynesians with Type 2 diabetes., in Endocrine Reviews, 33(03_meeting abstracts): MON-524.

South Pacific Islanders resist type 2 diabetes: Comparison of aerobic and resistance training., in European Journal of Applied Physiology. 112(1), 317-325

Learning for the future: Online student evaluation of generic and context-specific library skills tutorials. , in In Proceedings Ascilite Wellington 2012. Future Challenges: Sustainable Futures.


Identification of molecular and immuno diagnostic cancer markers in Northern Territory Australian indigenous population., in Oral Oncology, Volume 47, Supplement 1, ppS1-S156

Human papilloma virus in oropharyngeal cancers, in ANZ Journal of Surgery, Volume 82, Issue 3, pp 189-190


Glucocorticoid regulation of lipolysis genes and the role of mineralocorticoid receptors during adipogenesis., in Endocrine Society of Australia & Society for Reproductive Biology conference, Sydney, Australia.

Integrating ePortfolios-guiding questions and experiences., in Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, Distance Education Association New Zealand (DEANZ), 14 (1), 47-61


Do weekly online revision assessments enhance first year student pass rates?, in Tertiary Assessment and Higher Education student outcomes: Policy, Practice and Research, pp.117-128

Other information


Australian Catholic University, Australia

Australian Catholic University Teaching and Learning Development grant, "Co-creating a distinctive Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander online interactive garden trail with students for learning and for community engagement?, 2020

ACU Taskforce for Student Achievement and Retention Project grant 2018: "undergraduate first year Health Sciences student online pre-course preparation and warm up"

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Success Program project grant entitled "Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and sustainable practices in sciences", 2017

Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching and Learning project grant 2015-2016 for project entitled "Promoting the development of an online, multi-campus teaching community for sessional teaching staff at ACU".

Faculty of Health Sciences Blended Learning Development Fund, project entitled " Effective use of PeerWise and Flipped lectures in a first year biomedical science unit, 2016

ACU Teaching Development Grant, project entitled, " New ECHO 360 active learning platform at ACU: building a toolkit for students and staff engagement in first year health sciences", 2016

Charles Darwin University, Australia

-Improving tertiary teaching practices, retention rates and first year student learning outcomes

Monash University, Australia

-Role of glucocorticoids in stress, adipose tissue function and obesity using mice as an animal model

Monash University, Malaysia and Massey University, New Zealand

-Isolation and characterisation of P. planiphrons

Massey University, New Zealand

-SPIRIT study-Progressive resistance training effects on type 2 diabetes in Polynesian Islanders

AgResearch, New Zealand

1) Steroidogenesis in both the fetus and mother during bovine pregnancy

2) Regulation of steroidogenesis and development of hydrops pregnancy in transgenic cattle

3) Regulation of steroid receptors and corticosteroid binding globulins during pregnancy in cattle