Gavin Pinniger

Dr, BSc PhD W'gong

  • The University of Western Australia (M311), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Gavin Pinniger completed his undergraduate and PhD studies in the Department of Biomedical Science at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. He then received a Travelling Research Fellowship from The Wellcome Trust to conduct his post-doctoral research at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom before coming to UWA.

Funding overview

Defence Science and Technology Group
NHMRC Project Grants
NHMRC Equipment Grants
Raine Priming Grant
UWA Research Grant

Current projects

• The susceptibility to ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction in the pre-term lamb.
• Skeletal muscle physiology - molecular mechanisms of stretch-induced force enhancement and adaptation to exercise-induced muscle damage;
• Physiological evaluation of therapeutic and genetic treatments for muscular dystrophy;
• The role of protein thiol oxidation and inflammatory cytokines in muscle weakness associated with injury, ageing and disease.
• Human performance in a maratime command team: Toward a methodology to assess operational performance impacts of anticipated information integration and technology change
• Diaphragm function and lung disease in the Mucopolysaccharidoses


Prof Jane Pillow, Centre for Neonatal Research and Education, and School of Human Sciences, UWA.
Dr Anthony Bakker, School of Human Sciences, UWA
Assoc Prof Peter Arhtur, School of Molecular Sciences, UWA
Prof. Miranda Grounds, School of Human Sciences, UWA
Dr Kimberly Wang, School of Human Sciences & Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Alexander Larcombe, Telethon Kids Institute & Curtin University
Prof Shayne Loft, School of Psychological Sciences, UWA
Prof Sandra Orgeig, Dept of Clincial and Health Sciences, UniSA

Teaching overview

Dr Pinniger is the coordinator for PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling.
He also teaches in the following courses:
PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism
PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function
PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
APHB4003 Scientific Communication Part 1


Dr Pinniger’s research focuses on the physiological investigation of skeletal muscle function in health and disease. He is particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying muscle contraction and the evaluation of medical treatments for muscular weakness and diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Dr Pinniger's recent research has focused on the effects of common, clinically relevant antenatal exposures on preterm diaphragm function.


Director of Community and Industry Engagement; Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, UWA

Local Representative for The Physiological Society

Research expertise keywords

  • Skeletal muscle physiology
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Diaphragm dysfunction
  • Skeletal muscle damage
  • Muscle damage and inflammation
  • Neuromuscular physiology
  • Motor control
  • Preterm Birth
  • Heart rate variability


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