Jeff Coombes is a Professor at the University of Queensland School of Human Movement Studies. He completed undergraduate degrees in applied science and education and a research Masters at the University of Tasmania before gaining a PhD from the University of Florida. After completing his PhD he returned to Australia to spend two years in an academic position at the University of Tasmania before moving to the University of Queensland in 2000
Dr Coombes has a broad range of research interests in exercise and sport science as well as cardiovascular and renal disease. He has established two research groups; the Exercise and Oxidative Stress Research Group (EOSRG) and Renal Research Tasmania (RRT). The aims of the groups are to investigate the effects of interventions such as exercise, antioxidant supplements and pharmaceuticals on health, disease and exercise performance.
Dr Coombes is a Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in cardiovascular and metabolic disorders based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The Centre is conducting a lifestyle intervention program in collaboration with the School of Human Movement Studies in type II diabetics.
Currently Dr Coombes is principal supervisor of over ten postgraduate students at both Masters and PhD level. Five of his students have been awarded full Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), with another two on School-based scholarships. Since completing his PhD (1998) he has published over seventy articles, two book chapters and presented at over thirty international conferences.