Erin Stephenson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, University of Tennesee Health Science Center from 2013-12-09 to 2016-05-31. (Dec. 9, 2013 to May 31, 2016)
B.Sc. (Biomedical Sciences, Victoria University). Awarded in 2007.
Ph.D. (Medical Sciences, RMIT Melbourne). Awarded in 2013.
My primary research interest focuses on the plasticity of skeletal muscle energy metabolism and nutrient storage pathways in response to cardio-metabolic disease progression. I am also interested in the metabolic and physiological changes associated with aerobic exercise training adaptation and the role of physical activity in determining whole-body metabolic health status.


  1. Liam McAllan, Kristen Maynard, Alisha Kardian, Amanda Stayton, Shelby Fox, Erin Stephenson, Clint Kinney, Noor Alshibli, Charles Gomes, Joseph Pierre, Michelle Puchowicz, Dave Bridges, Keri Martinowich and Joan Han. Disruption of brain-derived neurotrophic factor production from individual promoters generates distinct body composition phenotypes in mice 2018. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism 315(6):E1168-E1184 Full Text Details.
  2. Michael Keufner, Kevin Pham, JeAnna Redd, Erin Stephenson, Innocence Harvey, Xiong Deng, Dave Bridges, Eric Boilard, Marshal Elam and Edwards Park. Secretory phospholipase A2 group IIA (PLA2G2A) modulates insulin sensitivity and metabolism. 2017. Journal of Lipid Research Full Text Details.
  3. Suriyan Ponnusamy, Ryan Sullivan, Dahui You, Nadeem Zafar, Chuan He Yang, Thirumagal Thiyagarajan, Daniel Johnson, Maron Barrett, Nikki Koehler, Mayra Star, Erin Stephenson, Dave Bridges, Stephania Cormier, Lawrence Pfeffer and Ramesh Narayanan. Androgen Receptor Agonists Increase Lean Mass, Improve Cardiopulmonary Functions, and Extend Survival in Preclinical Models of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 2017. Human Molecular Genetics Full Text Details.
  4. Alysse Charrier, Li Wang, Erin Stephenson, Siddharth Gantha, Chih-wei Ko, Colleen Croninger, Dave Bridges and David Buchner. Zinc finger protein 407 overexpression upregulates PPAR-target gene expression and improves glucose homeostasis in mice. 2016. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism 311(5):E869-E880 Full Text Details.
  5. Erin Stephenson, Alyse Ragauskas, Sridhar Jaligama, JeAnna Redd, Jyothi Parvathareddy, Matthew Peloquin, Jordy Saravia, Joan Han, Stephania Cormier and Dave Bridges. Exposure to environmentally persistent free radicals during gestation lowers energy expenditure and impairs skeletal muscle mitochondrial function in 2016. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology And Metabolism 310(11):E1003-E1015 Full Text Details.
  6. Irit Hochberg, Innocence Harvey, Quynh Tran, Erin Stephenson, Ariel Barkan, Alan Saltiel, William Chandler and Dave Bridges. Gene expression changes in subcutaneous adipose tissue due to Cushing's disease. 2015. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology 55(2):81-94 Full Text Details.
  7. Erin Stephenson, Sarah Lessard, Donato Rivas, Matthew Watt, Ben Yaspelkis, Lauren Koch, Steven Britton and John Hawley. Exercise training enhances white adipose tissue metabolism in rats selectively bred for low- or high-endurance running capacity. 2013. American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism 305(3):E429-38 Full Text Details.
  8. Rebecca Ritchie, Chen Huei Leo, Chengxue Qin, Erin Stephenson, Marrissa Bowden, Keith Buxton, Sarah Lessard, Donato Rivas, Lauren Koch, Steven Britton, John Hawley and Owen Woodman. American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology 2012. American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology 304(5):H729-39 Full Text Details.
  9. Erin Stephenson, Nigel Stepto, Lauren Koch, Steven Britton and John Hawley. Divergent skeletal muscle respiratory capacities in rats artificially selected for high and low running ability: a role for Nor1? 2012. Journal of applied physiology 13(9):1403-12 Full Text Details.
  10. Erin Stephenson, Donny Camera, Trisha Jenkins, Kosari Sepideh, Lee Jong Sam, John Hawley and Nigel Stepto. Skeletal muscle respiratory capacity is enhanced in rats consuming an obesogenic Western diet. 2012. American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism 302(12):E1541-9 Full Text Details.
  11. Sarah Lessard, Donato Rivas, Erin Stephenson, Ben Yaspelkis, Lauren Koch, Steven Britton and John Hawley. Exercise training reverses impaired skeletal muscle metabolism induced by artificial selection for low aerobic capacity. 2011. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology 300(1):R175-82 Full Text Details.