Associate Professor Stephen Anderson

Associate Professor

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 54756


AProf Stephen Anderson is a biomedical scientist, with expertise in endocrinology (hormones).

Stephen completed an Agriculture Science degree from The University of Sydney, followed by a PhD in physiology at the University of New England. Whilst Stephen's initial focus was on animals, after his PhD he moved to biomedical research. Stephen did a NHMRC post-doctoral project in neuroendocrinology, examining the hypothalamic control of anterior pituitary hormones, before becoming a teaching and research academic at UQ. Stephen's research interests lie at the nexus between biomedical and animal science. His research aims to better understand the physiology of health and disease, examining the role of the endocrine system. He works across all animals: wildlife, domestic animals (livestock and pets), and biomedical animal models.

During his academic career Stephen has taught physiology many biomedical, medical, allied health, animal and veterinary science courses. He currently teaches into Biomedical Science, Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology degree programs. At UQ Stephen has taught in excess of 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and been the recipient of many teaching awards including a national ATLC citation.

Stephen is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Bone metabolism
    Understanding and promoting growth in cattle. The physiology of P and Ca mineral metabolism in animals. Phosphorus deficiency. Biomarkers of P status.
  • Feline health and disease
    Metabolic profiles of obesity and diabetes in cats.
  • Insulin resistance in horses
    Pathophysiological mechanisms in equine laminitis. Insulin insensitivity in pregnant mares.

Research Impacts

Meat and Livestock Australia news release about our research on phosphorus nutrition in northern Australian beef cattle.

Stephen acts as scientific consultant for National Geo documentary series "Moody Beasts" produced by Wildbear Entertainment (2016), a quirky look at how hormones drive animals wild.

Stephen was the plenary speaker for a continuing professional developmental conference for registered nurses, "Linking Hormones to Illness" run by Ausmed (2015).

Stephen was part of a team of Indonesian and Australian scientists working on an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research project based in Indonesia and Northern Australia (2009 to 2014). A key aim of this work was to improve cow productivity for small-holder farmers in Indonesia.


  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Education Management, University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England Australia
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Agriculture, University of Sydney


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Book Chapter

  • Wijffels, Gene, Sullivan, Megan , Anderson, Stephen , Stockwell, Sally , McCulloch, Russell , Briscoe, Suzie , Olm, Joseph , Cawdell-Smith, Judy and Gaughan, John (2018). Towards breeding for heat tolerance and resilience in beef cattle. Breeding Focus 2018 – Reducing Heat Stress. (pp. 31-40) edited by Susanne Hermesch and Sonja Dominik. Armidale, NSW, Australia: University of New England.

  • Bindon B.M., Anderson S.T, Cummins L.J., Findlay J.K., Hillard M.A., O'Shea T., Paull D., Tsonis C.G. and Wilkins J.F. (1994). Manipulation of reproduction of sheep and cattle by vaccination against inhibin-related peptides. Vaccines in agriculture: immunological applications in animal health and production. (pp. 85-96) edited by P.R. Wood, P. Willadsen, J.E. Vercoe, R.M. Hoskinson and D. Demeger. East Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision