Associate Professor Stephen Anderson

Associate Professor

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


AProf Stephen Anderson is a physiologist with expertise in endocrinology.

Stephen completed an Agriculture Science degree (University of Sydney) and then a PhD in reproductive endocrinology at Armidale (University of New England and CSIRO Animal Production). After his PhD, Stephen moved to UQ and changed focus to biomedical research. He undertook NHMRC post-doctoral research in neuroendocrinology examining the hypothalamic control of anterior pituitary hormones. Since 2000 Stephen has been a teaching and research academic in physiology at UQ, and is currently in the Faculty of Medicine. In research Stephen interests lie in the nexus between biomedical and animal science. The overall theme of Stephen's work is to better understand the physiology of animal health and disease. Some of his current projects examine northern Australian beef cattle (phosphorus deficiency and regulation of appetite), feedlot grain-fed cattle (heat stress), horses (laminitis), and cats (flea sensitivity, diabetes).

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, and Pharmacy degree programs. Stephen has taught in excess of 28,000 students at UQ. He has been the recipient of many teaching and learning awards, including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation. Stephen has a keen interest in self-regulation of learning by students and life-long learning. For 2019 Stephen holds a UQ teaching fellowship in the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). Stephen is Chair Teaching and Learning in School of Biomedical Sciences.

Stephen is head of the Laboratory for Animal Endocrinology

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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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision