- Associate Professor Rob Robergs
- Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
- IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Exercise and Nutrition - HDHS
- Discipline *
- Human Movement and Sports Science
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Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP); Academic member, Exercise and Sports Sciences Australia (ESSA)
muscle metabolism, disease prevention, environmental physiology, sports physiology, exercise performance, indirect calorimetry, human ventilation, contractile power
Robert Robergs was born on March 12, 1960, in Melbourne, Australia. Robert completed a B.Sc. degree in Physical Education and Geography at the State College of Victoria-Rusden Campus. After graduation, Robert was chosen to teach physical education and geography at a country high school in Mildura, Victoria. After three years of teaching, Robert applied to and was accepted into the Masters Program in Human Movement Studies – Exercise Physiology, at the University of Western Australia, Perth, in February 1985. In April, 1985, Robert was accepted to study under Paul Ribisl at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. Robert completed his M.A. study in Sports Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Wake Forest, and was then accepted into the Ph.D. Human Bioenergetics program studying under David Costill at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana from 1987 to 1990. Robert graduated from Ball State in May, 1990, receiving the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence (graduate GPA>4.0). In April, 1990, Robert was offered a tenure track teaching and research job at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and commenced work at UNM in August 1990. At UNM, Robert had to develop an otherwise poorly equipped teaching and research laboratory, and further develop a biochemistry laboratory and altitude chamber research facility. Robert was appointed director of the laboratory in 1995, and was promoted to Professor in 1999. Robert worked part time for Western Sydney University as Program Head in Exercise Science and PDHPE in 2008 and 2009. He returned full time to Australia in 2011 as a Research Professor at Charles Sturt University, and became Head of School there from 2011 to 2014. Robert commenced work at QUT in July, 2016. Robert has published more than 130 research manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, co-edited a text in clinical exercise physiology, co-authored a graduate level exercise physiology text, co-authored an undergraduate level exercise physiology text, and has recently completed as a sole author an innovative electronic textbook of exercise physiology. Robert’s research interests are in altitude physiology, cardiovascular physiology, muscle metabolism, metabolic acidosis, and data acquisition and programming using LabVIEW. Robert has two patents (glycerol hydration and improvements to indirect calorimetry). Robert is currently working on numerous manuscripts connected to exercise physiology/performance and fatigue, as well as grant writing for projects to improve understanding of the biochemistry of exercise-induced metabolic acidosis, to improve the application of exercise training in the prevention of sedentary lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease, and research the influence of the menstrual cycle in gender differences in laboratory and field-based measures of exercise performance.
Robert has a diverse teaching background, spanning subjects of; introductory exercise physiology, advanced exercise physiology, bioenergetics, laboratory procedures in exercise physiology, metabolic biochemistry, laboratory procedures in metabolic biochemistry, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise prescription, exercise endocrinology, environmental physiology, clinical exercise physiology, research methods and statistics, and LabVIEW data flow programming.
A considerable component of Robert’s teaching load has been the supervision of post-graduate research students. Collectively, Robert has supervised more than 50 PhD students, 10 Masters students, and 5 Honours students across the US and Australian higher education systems.
Robert presents a unique mix of work in the US and Australian higher education systems, along with mastering the different face-to-face and digital learning platforms of both systems.