Associate Professor Stephen Anderson

Associate Professor

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


AProf Stephen Anderson is a biomedical scientist, an expert in endocrinology.

Stephen completed an Agriculture Science degree from The University of Sydney, followed by a PhD at Armidale (University of New England and CSIRO Division of Animal Production). Whilst Stephen's initial focus was on animals, he moved to UQ and changed to biomedical human 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. Stephen's research interests lie in the nexus between biomedical and animal science and his research aims to better understand the physiology of health and disease. His work in across all animals: wildlife, domestic animals (livestock and pets), and biomedical animal models.

During his academic career Stephen has taught physiology into many biomedical, medical, health, animal and veterinary science courses. He currently teaches into Science, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology degree programs. At UQ Stephen has taught in excess of 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, adn been the recipient of many awards including a national teaching 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 in grazing cattle. Biomarkers of P status.
  • Heat stress
    Inflammation and metabolism in cattle under heat stress.
  • Amelioration of stress
    Novel treatments to lower stress responses in animals.
  • Insulin resistance in horses
    Insulin insensitivity in pregnant mares. Pathophysiological mechanisms in equine laminitis.
  • Feline health and disease
    Metabolic profiles of obesity and diabetes in cats. Flea antigen sensitivity in cats

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 in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons), The 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.

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision