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Dr Oliver Neubauer

Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences


Dr Oliver Neubauer
Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - IPTM
Discipline *
Physiology, Human Movement and Sports Science, Nutrition and Dietetics
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Doctor in Natural Sciences (University of Vienna)


Applied physiology, Nutrition and exercise interventions in humans, Molecular and integrative mechanisms, Translational physiology, Promoting physiological function and health, Recovery from exercise, Skeletal muscle-immune interactions, Endothelial cell-immune interactions, Antioxidants and phytochemicals, Sports nutrition and exercise metabolism

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research Area and Interests

The general area of my research is applied physiology with the major focus on nutrition and exercise interventions in human studies. I am particularly interested in gaining a better understanding of the integrative physiology underlying the responses of skeletal muscle and the immune system to these interventions.

Inspired by the concept of ‘translational physiology’, a strong emphasis of my research is on the implications for developing lifestyle-based strategies that promote physiological function and health in different settings and different population groups.

Publication output (overview)

  • Nineteen peer-reviewed publications in total, 16 of which were published in top-ranked (Q1) journals in the respective subject category
  • Average 5-year Impact Factor of the journals in which these publications were published: 4.294
  • Current h-Index: 12 (over 370 received citations, so far)
  • Numerous oral and several invited presentations at international and national conferences
  • Contribution of a book chapter for Antioxidants in Sports Nutrition (CRC press, Taylor & Francis)
  • Several popular-scientific articles for Triathlon Magazin
  • Various public relations including press coverages in quality Austrian newspapers (e.g., Der StandardDie Presse), The New York Times, as well as radio interviews for programs of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)    

From Ironman Triathletes to Healthy Ageing

Over the the last view years, I have been acquiring international recognition in the area as well as a solid expertise in performing and leading multi- and trans-disciplinary research projects. In accordance with my experience as an Ironman triathlete, my doctoral thesis at the University of Vienna (Austria) was aimed to examine acute stress and long-term recovery responses in participants of an Ironman triathlon, with a particular focus on oxidative stress, antioxidant responses, and the acute systemic inflammatory response. On the basis of these studies, I developed a specific interest on the molecular basis of the responses of the immune system and skeletal muscle to physiological stress.

Within the scope of an Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-funded research fellowship abroad, I undertook and coordinated a collaborative study at Griffith University (Australia) that revealed new insights into the changes of global gene expression responses of skeletal muscle and blood neutrophils during recovery from endurance exercise.  By applying an advanced bioinformatic method, we identified previously unknown gene networks that are preserved between skeletal muscle and blood leukocytes. This has significant implications for biomedical research and for the development of blood biomarkers to assess physiological and pathophysiological changes in the muscle.

I am currently undertaking and leading another research project aimed to examine the acute effects of nitrate-rich beetroot juice on blood pressure, haemostasis and vascular health-related immune functions in the elderly. My next project is aimed to investigate whether aging affects the release of cancer-inhibitory factors during exercise. Future research include investigations on the effects of specific nutritional interventions on skeletal muscle signaling and on the interactions of the endothelium with circulating immune and other cells.

Affiliations and Memberships

In 2014, I have been awarded with a Vice Chancellor´s Research Fellowship at QUT, where I started in May 2015, affiliated with the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). In addition to several collaborations with researchers at QUT, collaboration partners include researchers at the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the University of Vienna, where I am also a Guest Lecturer and Scientific Speaker of the Research Platform Active Ageing.

I am a member of the American Society of Physiology (APS), the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), and the International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI). Furthermore, I am a member of the expert committee of the Austrian Society of Sports Nutrition (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sporternährung, ÖGSE).

This information has been contributed by Dr Oliver Neubauer.


I am leading and lecturing a Master student-course entitled Molecular-physiological Aspects of Sports Nutrition as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria.

This information has been contributed by Dr Oliver Neubauer.


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