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- Epigenetics and ageing
- Sex differences in molecular response to exercise


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Nir earned his PhD degree with high distinction in 2010 from Porto University, Portugal. His areas of expertise epigenetics, ageing and exercise, an area for which he won the Young Tall Poppy 2021 award. His expertise has been recognised by being selected to the ARC College of Experts in 2023. He is a NHMRC Investigator EL2 Fellow (2021-2025), a former NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2018-2021), and ARC DECRA Fellow (2014-2016). He has led as CI1 two recent ARC DPs and an American Federation of Ageing grant. His leadership in the field is evidenced by his role as lead of the Gene SMART study at the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University (VU). He has published  more then100 manuscripts (h-index = 45; 5600 citations) in high-impact journals (e.g. Nature Reviews Genetics, J Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, Aging Cell, Nat Comms,). He supervises six PhD students and four postdoctoral fellows in his immediate research group and has previously supervised 6 PhD students to completion, all of whom graduated with multiple first author publications.

Research interests

The Eynon Group is interested in the study of epigenetics and other molecules associated with healthy aging and exercise. The group investigates the role of epigenetics in ageing and exercise adaptations, as well as sex differences in response to exercise. The lab uses a combination of wet-lab and bioinformatics analyses, with a particular focus on ‘omics’ datasets including DNA methylation, transcriptomics and proteomics

Supervision interests

Available for supervision of both undergradutae and post-graduate (Masters, Honours, PhD) students

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Genetics and Exercise, PhD, Universidade do Porto (University of Porto)

Award Date: 27 Jul 2010

Research area keywords

  • epigenetics
  • Exercise
  • ageing
  • Sex Differences

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