Doctor Ben Perry

Doctor Ben Perry

Lecturer, Human Physiology,
Medical Sciences


Dr. Ben Perry is a skeletal muscle physiologist. Ben investigates the biochemical and functional changes to skeletal muscle in response to chronic disease and exercise. Ben has experience using a diverse range of research techniques, including human trials, animal research, and cell culture methodologies. Ben obtained his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with Honours, and his PhD in exercise and muscle physiology at Victoria University (Melbourne). In his PhD, Ben investigated muscle maladaptations to physical inactivity and injury, and then completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University (Atlanta, USA), investigating the molecular mechanisms contributing to cellular stress and atrophy in cultured skeletal muscle. Ben also has over 12 years’ experience teaching in the fields of physiology, metabolism, and research methods. 

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  • PhD Victoria University

Professional Memberships

  • Physiological Society (2013)
  • Australian Physiological Society (2012)
  • American Physiological Society (2014)


  • School of Science Teaching Excellence Award 2021-12-07


  • Exercise Physiology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Medical Sciences


  • Australian Physiological Society


Phone: (02) 4620 3276
Location: 21.1.03

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300818 Introduction to Physiology, 2018
  • 300819 Topics in Physiology, 2018
  • 300851 Advanced Physiology, 2018
  • 400869 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2, 2018
  • NATS2034 Human Systems Physiology 1, 2021
  • NATS2034 Human Systems Physiology 1, 2022
  • NATS2035 Human Systems Physiology 2, 2022


Journal Articles

  • Redwan, A., Kiriaev, L., Kueh, S., Morley, J., Houweling, P., Perry, B. and Head, S. (2023), 'Six weeks of N-acetylcysteine antioxidant in drinking water decreases pathological fiber branching in MDX mouse dystrophic fast-twitch skeletal muscle', Frontiers in Physiology, vol 14 .
  • Jenkin, K. and Perry, B. (2022), 'Skeletal muscle and kidney crosstalk in chronic kidney disease', Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, vol 56, no 5 , pp 587 - 601.
  • Kiriaev, L., Perry, B., Mahns, D., Shortland, P., Redwan, A., Morley, J. and Head, S. (2021), 'Minocycline treatment reduces mass and force output from fast-twitch mouse muscles and inhibits myosin production in C2C12 myotubes', Frontiers in Physiology, vol 12 .
  • Wyckelsma, V., Perry, B., Bangsbo, J. and McKenna, M. (2019), 'Inactivity and exercise training differentially regulate abundance of Na+-K+- ATPase in human skeletal muscle', Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 127, no 4 , pp 905 - 920.
  • Perry, B., Rahnert, J., Xie, Y., Zheng, B., Woodworth-Hobbs, M. and Price, S. (2018), 'Palmitate-induced ER stress and inhibition of protein synthesis in cultured myotubes does not require Toll-like receptor 4', PLoS One, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Brugniaux, J. and Perry, B. (2018), 'Commentary on Viewpoint: Vo2peak is a useful and often necessary predictor of cardiorespiratory fitness', Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 125, no 1 , pp 234 - 234.
  • Xie, Y., Perry, B., Espinoza, D., Zhang, P. and Price, S. (2018), 'Glucocorticoid-induced CREB activation and myostatin expression in C2C12 myotubes involves phosphodiesterase-3/4 signaling', Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, vol 503, no 3 , pp 1409 - 1414.
  • Woodworth-Hobbs, M., Perry, B., Rahnert, J., Hudson, M., Zheng, B. and Price, S. (2017), 'Docosahexaenoic acid counteracts palmitate-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress in C2C12 myotubes : impact on muscle atrophy', Physiological Reports, vol 5, no 23 .
  • Wyckelsma, V., Levinger, I., Murphy, R., Petersen, A., Perry, B., Hedges, C., Anderson, M. and McKenna, M. (2017), 'Intense interval training in healthy older adults increases skeletal muscle [3H]ouabain-binding site content and elevates Na+,K+-ATPase a2 isoform abundance in Type II fibers', Physiological Reports, vol 5, no 7 .
  • Perry, B., Caldow, M., Brennan-Speranza, T., Sbaraglia, M., Jerums, G., Garnham, A., Wong, C., Levinger, P., Asrar ul Haq, M., Hare, D., Price, S. and Levinger, I. (2016), 'Muscle atrophy in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus : roles of inflammatory pathways, physical activity and exercise', Exercise Immunology Review, vol 22 , pp 94 - 109.
  • Lamboley, C., Wyckelsma, V., Perry, B., McKenna, M. and Lamb, G. (2016), 'Effect of 23-day muscle disuse on sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ properties and contractility in human type I and type II skeletal muscle fibers', Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 121, no 2 , pp 483 - 492.
  • Altarawneh, M., Petersen, A., Smith, R., Rouffet, D., Billaut, F., Perry, B., Wyckelsma, V., Tobin, A. and McKenna, M. (2016), 'Salbutamol effects on systemic potassium dynamics during and following intense continuous and intermittent exercise', European Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 116, no 11-12 , pp 2389 - 2399.
  • Perry, B., Wyckelsma, V., Murphy, R., Steward, C., Anderson, M., Levinger, I., Petersen, A. and McKenna, M. (2016), 'Dissociation between short-term unloading and resistance training effects on skeletal muscle Na+,K+-ATPase, muscle function, and fatigue in humans', Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 121, no 5 , pp 1074 - 1086.
  • Perry, B., Levinger, P., Morris, H., Petersen, A., Garnham, A., Levinger, I. and McKenna, M. (2015), 'The effects of knee injury on skeletal muscle function, Na+, K+-ATPase content, and isoform abundance', Physiological Reports, vol 3, no 2 .
  • Trewin, A., Lundell, L., Perry, B., Patil, K., Chibalin, A., Levinger, I., McQuade, L. and Stepto, N. (2015), 'Effect of N-acetylcysteine infusion on exercise-induced modulation of insulin sensitivity and signaling pathways in human skeletal muscle', American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol 309, no 4 , pp 388 - 397.
  • Perry, B., Levinger, P., Serpiello, F., Caldow, M., Cameron-Smith, D., Bartlett, J., Feller, J., Bergman, N., Levinger, I. and McKenna, M. (2013), 'The effects of osteoarthritis and age on skeletal muscle strength, Na+-K+-ATPase content, gene and isoform expression', Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 115, no 10 , pp 1443 - 1449.
  • McKenna, M., Perry, B., Serpiello, F., Caldow, M., Levinger, P., Cameron-Smith, D. and Levinger, I. (2012), 'Unchanged [3H]ouabain binding site content but reduced Na+-K+ pump a2-protein abundance in skeletal muscle in older adults', Journal of Applied Physiology, vol 113, no 10 , pp 1505 - 1511.

Dr. Ben Perry is currently undertaking research with muscle cell lines to investigate the physiology and biomolecular signaling in the process of skeletal muscle atrophy, and what can be done to reduce muscle atrophy in disease. Please contact Ben for any inquiries about research supervision or collaboration.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Perry.

Previous Projects

Title: Speedy Structure? SHG Morphometry in 'gene-of-speed' Muscle
  • Universities Australia
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: John Morley, Sindy Kueh and Ben Perry
Years: 2020-02-03 - 2022-11-03
ID: P00025905

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