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Dr Oliver Neubauer
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences,
Research - Biomedical Sciences
Discipline *
Physiology, Human Movement and Sports Science, Nutrition and Dietetics
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Doctor in Natural Sciences (University of Vienna)


Applied Physiology, Integrative Physiology, Human Physiology, Translational Physiology, Nutrition, Exercise, Lifestyle Interventions, Humans, Promote or restore Health and Physiological Function, Skeletal Muscle, Muscle-tissue Crosstalk, Muscle-immune Interactions, Immune System, Inflammation, Vascular Inflammation, Recovery from Exercise, Healthy Aging, Phytochemicals, Antioxidants, Dietary Nitrate, Beetroot Juice, Exercise Factors, Cancer-inhibitory Serum Factors, Systems Biology, Transcriptomics, Gene Networks

* 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 and integrative physiology with the major focus on exercise and nutrition interventions in human studies, ranging from athletic to health-related and biomedical settings. I am particularly interested in gaining a better understanding of the physiological mechanisms by which exercise and nutrition mediate skeletal muscle, the immune system, and muscle/immune interactions with other tissues to affect function and general health.

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

Publication Output (overview)

  • Twenty peer-reviewed scientific publications in total, seventeen 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 papers were published: 4.488
  • Current h-Index: 13 (over 410 received citations)
  • Presentations at more than 25 international and national scientific conferences
  • Invited presentations including a fully paid keynote presentation at the 2015 International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI)-Symposium
  • Contribution of a book chapter for Antioxidants in Sports Nutrition (CRC press, Taylor & Francis)
  • Various public relations work including press coverages in 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)    

Applied and integrative physiological research with implications for human health

In accordance with my own 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. The data of this study suggest that there are no sustained adverse health effects from participating in ultra-endurance exercise, potentially due to training-induced cell-protective mechanisms to maintain or restore homeostasis in response physiological stress.

Within the scope of an Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-funded Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship, I undertook and coordinated a collaborative study at Griffith University (Australia) that revealed new insights into the changes of skeletal muscle and blood neutrophil transcriptome responses during recovery from endurance exercise. By applying an advanced bioinformatic method, we recently identified previously unknown gene networks that are preserved between skeletal muscle and blood neutrophils. This has important implications for the development of blood biomarker panels to assess physiological and pathophysiological changes in the muscle.

I am currently leading another two interdisciplinary projects: One project is aimed to examine the acute effects of nitrate-rich beetroot juice on blood pressure, hemostasis, circulating immune cells and platelets, and cardiovascular health in older adults. The second project is aimed to investigate the release of cancer-inhibitory hormone-like factors during exercise in young versus older adults.

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 multiple collaborations 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 of the Master students’ course Molecular-physiological Aspects of Sports Nutrition.

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.


  • Habilitation as ‘Privatdozent’ in the field of ‘Sports Nutrition with a Special Focus on Physiological Aspects’ at the University of Vienna in preparation
  • From 2009 to date involved in various teaching duties at the University of Vienna
  • Teaching responsibilities at Danube University Krems (since 2019), including conceptualising and delivering postgraduate courses (in German) for the Master programmes ‘Nutrition and Sports’ and ‘Sports Medicine’
  • Appointed as Guest Professor in 2013 and 2014 for conceptualising and establishing the Master student course ‘Molecular-physiological Aspects of Sports Nutrition’ at the University of Vienna, which I am organizing, delivering and evaluating to date
  • Dedicated supervision and mentoring of Master-, Honours-, and Bachelor students as Primary and Associate Supervisor at Danube University Krems, University of Vienna, Griffith University, and Queensland University of Technology
This information has been contributed by Dr Oliver Neubauer.


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