Jeff Coombes, PhD

BAppSc Tas., BEd(Hons) Tas., MEd Tas., PhD Flor.
  • Professor in Exercise Science

Contact details

Room: 535
Phone: (+61) 7 3365 6767
Fax: (+61) 7 3365 6877

Background

Jeff Coombes is a Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. He completed undergraduate degrees in applied science and education and a research Masters at the University of Tasmania before gaining a PhD from the University of Florida. After completing his PhD he returned to Australia to spend two years in an academic position at the University of Tasmania before moving to the University of Queensland in 2000. He is an accredited exercise physiologist and a registered nutritionist.

Research Interests

Prof. Coombes research interests focus on determining the optimal exercise prescription for improving health. With theoretical backgrounds in biochemistry and physiology he conducts human studies and basic science projects. His findings have emphasised the importance of cardiorespiratory fitness for health benefits and many of his current projects are using high intensity interval training to improve fitness and investigate outcomes. The basic science projects are identifying the mechanisms that explain the health benefits of exercise and include work in the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems at cellular and molecular levels.  He is also a passionate advocate on the importance of fitness for health and delivers many presentations to impact on public health. His research group comprises doctors, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students and uses the extensive resources of the exercise physiology and exercise biochemistry laboratories in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Current research projects of his group include;

▪   High intensity interval training in patients with chronic kidney disease

▪   High intensity interval training in patients with metabolic syndrome

▪   High intensity interval training in obese children and adolescents

▪   High intensity interval training in patients with diabetes

▪   High intensity interval training in patients with liver disease

▪   Exercise training and visceral fat

▪   Cardiorespiratory fitness and outcome in patients receiving a liver transplant

▪   Oxidative stress biomarkers to predict the cardiorespiratory fitness response to exercise

▪   Molecular mechanisms of exercise cardioprotection: relations with oxidative stress

▪   Activation of NRF2 by nutritional supplementation in patients with type 2 diabetes

▪   Oxidative stress biomarkers to predict progression of kidney disease

Currently Prof. Coombes is principal advisor of ten PhD students. Since completing his PhD (1998) he has published over two hundred Medline articles, four book chapters, a textbook and presented at over fifty international conferences. His ISI H-index is 40 (February 2016).

Key Research Projects

For information about Jeff Coombes' research projects, see the School's Centre for Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health (CRExPAH).

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