Andrew Mckune

Associate Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1) Stress-response and metabolic systems in children living in military and first responder families: Potential targets for individualising exercise treatment of anxiety? 2) Skin-Autofluorescence and Ethylene trace gas deterction as mon-invasive biomarkers for training status, physical overloading, illness and injury risk in athletes. 3) Adipose tissue lipolysis, body composition and fitness changes in response to high-fat diets and high intensity interval training in overweight/obese men.


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Personal profile


Andrew McKune is an Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning at UC. Prior to taking up this role he held positions in Sport and Exercise Science at Tshwane University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds qualifications in sport & exercise science, medical science (physiology), strength and conditioning (CSCS) and a doctoral degree specialising in exercise immunology.

Andrew has published papers in scientific journals, has presented at international conferences and has worked with recreational and elite athletes in a sport science capacity.

Research Interests

  • Dysfunctions in the stress-response, inflammation and bioenergetic systems in mental illness: Targets for exercise and nutrition interventions?
  • Immune/Inflammatory responses to exercise
  • Monitoring disease, health and adaptation to exercise using non-invasive methods e.g. heart rate variability, salivary biomarkers, Ethylene trace gas deterction, skin autofluorescence
  • Strategies to reduce severity of and enhance recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage
  • Understanding lipolysis in response to exercise and nutrition interventions using the microdialysis technique

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Research Output

Open Access
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    Anthocyanins and Human Health-A Focus on Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Disease

    Speer, H., D'Cunha, N. M., Alexopoulos, N. I., McKune, A. J. & Naumovski, N., 28 Apr 2020, In : Antioxidants. 9, 5, p. 1-13 13 p.

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  • Assessing the diet quality of individuals with rheumatic conditions; a cross-sectional study

    Carter, T., D'Cunha, N. M., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Isbel, S., Davey, R., Mellor, D. D., Kellett, J., McKune, A. J. & Naumovski, N., 6 Feb 2020, In : Rheumatology International. p. 1-10 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Consensus on a video analysis framework of descriptors and definitions by the Rugby Union Video Analysis Consensus group

    Hendricks, S., Till, K., Den Hollander, S., Savage, T. N., Roberts, S. P., Tierney, G., Burger, N., Kerr, H., Kemp, S., Cross, M., Patricios, J., McKune, A. J., Bennet, M., Rock, A., Stokes, K. A., Ross, A., Readhead, C., Quarrie, K. L., Tucker, R. & Jones, B., Feb 2020, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. p. 1-26 26 p., 101293.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)