Professor David Bishop is a world leader in muscle exercise physiology with more 250 publications and an h-index of 73. His research has been funded by multiple grants from the ARC, the NHMRC, and the Australian Defence Force, and has received more than 100 invitations to speak at international conferences around the world.
Professor Bishop leads the Skeletal Muscle and Training research group, which has two key research areas: exercise as mitochondrial medicine, and human performance.
The focus of his research group is to examine how diet, exercise, and genes interact to regulate skeletal muscle adaptations, and to translate this new knowledge into recommendations for more individualised exercise prescriptions to better improve health and human performance. His team consists of 4 post-doctoral fellows and 6 PhD students.
Professor Bishop has held many important exercise and sport science leadership positions in Australia. He was the youngest-ever president of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA). During his presidency, he was lead author on a submission to the Productivity Commission that led to the inclusion of Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) in Medicare-Plus. He was also invited to the Senate Inquiry into the practice of Sports Science and was a consultant to the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports. He has twice been on the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) panel assessing the quality of research in Australia and is currently a director of the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS).