David Pyne

Professor, Research Professor

1987 …2024

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Adjunct Professor David Pyne is a sports physiologist with 35 years practical and research experience in sport, exercise and physical activity. Pyne served as an adjunct member of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE) at the University of Canberra in 2014 and 2015, joined as a full-time Research Professor in 2016, and served as Director between 2021 and 2023.  He completed both an undergraduate (Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Coaching) and graduate (Masters in Exercise Physiology) degree at UC, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Australian National University. He held adjunct status at UC between 1997 and 2016 in sport science.

Pyne has a long history of service as a sports physiologist and researcher at the Australian Institute of Sport (1987-2018).   Pyne has extensive experience with basketball, rugby union, rugby league, Australian Football, cricket and swimming at the AIS and national levels. He attended four Olympic Games and numerous international competitions with the Australian Swimming Team.  Between 2013 and 2018, David served as the Discipline Lead – Physiology for Swimming Australia.

Pyne's research work in the areas of exercise and the immune system, environmental physiology, the applied physiology of swimming, and fitness and conditioning for team sports is recognised internationally.  This work has focussed on both practical interventions for enhancing sports performance and physiological mechanisms that explain variations in performance, health and fitness.

Pyne contributes to research training and mentoring of students and staff, and other UCRISE activities. His international research links stretch to the US, New Zealand, France, Germany, Portugal, UK, Spain and the Middle East.  Leadership, collegiality, and mentoring with students, researchers, coaches and athletes alike are seen as high priorities. He was awarded the Researcher of the Year at the University of Canberra in 2018, and inducted into the UC Sports Walk of Fame in 2022.

Prof Pyne has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in exercise and sports science journals, an H-Index of 66 (Scopus) 81 (Research Gate) 97 (Google Scholar), and supervised 27 PhD students to completion. He was Foundation Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance from 2004-2009, and currently serves as a Consulting Editor.  Pyne is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  He has also served as Chair of the University of Canberra Animal Ethics Committee from 2019 - 2022.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian National University

1 Aug 199020 Aug 1994

Award Date: 20 Apr 1995

Master, Exercise Physiology, University of Canberra

1 Feb 198530 Nov 1986

Award Date: 30 Apr 1989

Bachelor, Applied Science in Sports Coaching, University of Canberra

1 Feb 198230 Nov 1984

Award Date: 30 Apr 1989

External positions

Research Professor, Australian Sports Commission

1 Nov 201630 Jun 2018

Physiologist, Australian Sports Commission

1 Oct 198731 Oct 2016


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