Tony Bakker

Dr, BSc PhD La Trobe

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Anthony Bakker completed his Bachelor of Science and PhD studies at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. In 1994 he worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Texas in Physiology and Biophysiology until 1997, when he moved to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacy at the University of New South Wales. He originally started at UWA as a lecturer and is now the Chair of Physiology.

Funding overview

UWA Grant

Current projects

• Role of carrageenan induced inflammation on muscle performance (as a model for muscle inflammation and performance)
• Role of protease stroke activated receptors in muscle damage and disease
• Role of cytoskeleton proteins in response to normal and eccentric muscle contractions

Professor Nigel Laing, Western Australian Institute of Medical Research (WAIMR)
Dr Kristen Nowak, Western Australian Institute of Medical Research (WAIMR)
Associate Professor Bruno Meloni, Australian National Research Institute (ANRI)
Dr Phil Withers, School of Animal Biology, UWA
Dr Peter Arthur, Biochemistry, UWA
Dr Paul Fournier, Human Movement, UWA
Dr Stewart Head, School of Medical Science, University of New South Wales
Professor Miranda Grounds, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, UWA

Teaching overview

PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems
PHYL2260 Physiological of Adaptations and Stress
PHYL3340 Advanced Cellular Physiology (Unit Co-ordinator)
IMED2264 Physiological Control Mechanisms
IDNTI1131 Molecules, Genes and Cells
IDNT1134 Introduction to Normal Systems,
Bridging Unit 101
IMED2202 Normal Systems.

Dr Bakker also supervises the following PhD students:
Jeana Ravenscroft
Jane Cross
Indu Nanayakkara
Julius Varano
Isaac Lim


Dr Bakker’s research focuses on the mechanisms of muscle damage from sport and chronic diseases, including strenuous exercise, eccentric exercise and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He is also interested in the role of inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines and proteases, in muscle function.

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

Research expertise keywords

  • Skeletal muscle physiology
  • Skeletal muscle damage and disease
  • Excitation-contraction coupling
  • Intracellular calcium signalling


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