Tony Bakker

Dr, BSc PhD La Trobe

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

    6009 Perth


  • 985 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
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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.


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

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Research Output 1998 2018

  • 985 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 42 Article
  • 2 Conference paper
  • 1 Abstract/Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Master's Thesis
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Myosin Heavy Chains
295 Downloads (Pure)

The mechanism of selenium-induced skeletal muscle dysfunction and weakness

Wilson, T., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

Muscle Weakness
Skeletal Muscle
Ryanodine Receptor Calcium Release Channel
11 Citations (Scopus)

Doublet stimulation increases Ca2+ binding to troponin C to ensure rapid force development in skeletal muscle

Bakker, A. J., Cully, T. R., Wingate, C. D., Barclay, C. J. & Launikonis, B. S., 2017, In : Journal of General Physiology. 149, 3, p. 323-334 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Troponin C
Sarcoplasmic Reticulum
Skeletal Muscle
Fast-Twitch Muscle Fibers

Influence of antenatal glucocorticoid on preterm lamb diaphragm

Mahzabin, T., Pillow, J. J., Pinniger, G. J., Bakker, A. J., Noble, P. B., White, R., Karisnan, K. & Song, Y., 1 Sep 2017, In : Pediatric Research. 82, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Maternal Exposure

The contractile phenotype of a novel dystrophin-negative mouse strain with enhanced voluntary exercise capability

Wingate, C., Pinniger, G., Arthur, P., Bakker, A. & Nowak, K., Oct 2017, In : Neuromuscular Disorders. 27, p. S190-S191 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

Projects 1998 2019