Skeletal muscle (aging, muscle diseases, injury and repair, exercise)
Professor Lynch is Director of the Centre for Muscle Research in the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne. His research encompasses muscle growth, adaptation and plasticity and understanding muscle wasting and weakness. His Ph.D. in Physiology is from The University of Melbourne (1992) and postdoctoral at The University of Michigan (1995-1997) while a NHMRC C.J. Martin Fellow. He was awarded the A.K. McIntyre Medal (1995) from the Australian Physiological Society, an ARC Research Fellowship (1998) and NHMRC R.D. Wright Research Fellowship (1998), then appointed Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Physiology at The University of Melbourne (1999). He was promoted through the ranks to Professor (2008) and served as Head (Department Chair) of the Department of Physiology (2011-2016). He has >190 papers (Nature, Cell, Physiological Reviews) and a textbook 'Sarcopenia' on age-related muscle wasting and weakness. His inspirational mentoring has been recognised through national and University awards. He co-Founded Fitness2live (2000-2009), one of the world’s first online health companies, later sold to Medibank, and was Research Manager at Medibank Health Solutions (2009-2015). He has authored >1000 health monographs and his weekly national broadcast media work on ABC Radio since 2002 has seen him interviewed on more than 900 occasions and featured in newspapers, magazines, TV news/lifestyle shows and Twitter (@GordonSLynch). He won a National Journalism Award (Asthma Council, 2002), and was a Finalist for Australia’s Eureka Prizes for Promoting Understanding of Science (2006) and Scientific Research (2013). In 2015 he received the Woodward Medal in Science and Technology – the most prestigious award for research excellence at The University of Melbourne. He is President of the Australian Physiological Society and Scientific Director of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research.