Dr Stephanie Bayol



Research Fellow (Grade 2)


Faculty of Health


School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Diploma of Technology, University of Montpellier, 1994
Master in Cellular Biology, , 1995
Doctor of Philosophy, , 2000



Dr Stéphanie Bayol originally comes from Montpellier in the South of France. She has studied and worked in London (UK) for several years before moving to Australia in January 2013.

Stéphanie is a molecular physiologist and lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her main research interest is to examine how maternal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation influences offspring development, growth and health into adult life.

Her research to date has shown that maternal overfeeding (junk food) during gestation and lactation promotes overeating in offspring and an exacerbated preference for energy dense foods rich in saturated fat, sugar and salt. This leads to offspring obesity and related disorders such as impaired glucose homeostasis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease early into adult life. Offspring born to overfed mothers also exhibit poorly developed skeletal muscles with impaired contractile function.

Her research has made important contributions to understanding how maternal malnutrition in pregnancy and lactation initiates obesity and related disorders in the offspring.

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Units taught

HBS109 : Human Structure and Function

Knowledge areas

Molecular Physiology

Cell Biology

Molecular Biology

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)

Skeletal muscle development and physiology





Selected Meeting Abstracts

Bayol SA, Stickland NC.  Malnutrition maternelle et programmation de l’obésité chez la progéniture. Obésité. 2010 Jan; 5:143.

Bayol SA, Stickland NC. The influence of a maternal junk food diet on the feeding behaviour and growth of the offspring. Early Human Development. 2007 Oct; 83 Suppl 1: S165, P2-128. 

Karunaratne J, Bayol S, Ashton C, Stickland NC. Potential mechanisms for the nutritional control of muscle composition in developing pigs. Archives of Animal Breeding 2007; 48 SI, 5.

Bayol S, Simbi B, Farrington S, Stickland N. Exposure to a maternal “junk food” diet during pregnancy and lactation impairs skeletal muscle development, promotes adiposity, and influences feeding behaviour in offspring. Early Human Development, 2006 Vol 82 issue 8 (abstract J-02).

Bayol S, Simbi BH, Stickland NC. Eating “junk food” during pregnancy and lactation impairs skeletal muscle development and metabolism in rat offspring at weaning. Archives of Animal Breeding 2006; 49 SI, 18.

Ashton C, Bayol S, McEntee G, Maltby V, Stickland NC. Prenatal influences on skeletal muscle development in mammals, birds and fish. Archives of Animal Breeding 2005; 48 SI, 11-12.


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Overexpression of sphingosine kinase 1 in liver reduces triglyceride content in mice fed a low but not high-fat diet

Dr Greg Kowalski, Joachim Kloehn, Micah Burch, Dr Ahrathy Selathurai, Dr Stephanie Bayol, Dr Severine Lamon, Mr Matthew Watt, Dr Robert Lee-Young, Malcolm J McConville, Dr Clinton Bruce

(2015), Vol. 1851, pp. 210-219, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)- molecular and cell biology of lipids, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Growing healthy muscles to optimise metabolic health into adult life

Dr Stephanie Bayol, Dr Clinton Bruce, Dr Glenn Wadley

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 420-434, Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, Cambridge, United Kingdom, C1


In ovo temperature manipulation differentially influences limb musculoskeletal development in two lines of chick embryos selected for divergent growth rates

Sara L Al-Musawi, Neil C Stickland, Dr Stephanie Bayol

(2012), Vol. 215, pp. 1594-1604, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1-1


Maternal “junk food” diet and post-natal development

Dr Stephanie Bayol, Neil C Stickland

(2011), Vol. 382, pp. 21-26, Nova acta Leopoldina, Halle, Germany, C1-1


Muscle specific differences in the regulation of myogenic differentiation in chickens genetically selected for divergent growth rates

Sara L Al-Musawi, Francesca Lock, Biggy H Simbi, Dr Stephanie Bayol, Neil C Stickland

(2011), Vol. 82, pp. 127-135, Differentiation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


A maternal "junk food" diet in pregnancy and lactation promotes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in rat offspring

Dr Stephanie Bayol, Biggy H Simbi, Robert C Fowkes, Neil C Stickland

(2010), Vol. 151, pp. 1451-1461, Endocrinology, Chevy Chase, Md., C1-1


Potential molecular mechanisms for the prenatal compartmentalisation of muscle and connective tissue in pigs

Joanne P Karunaratne, Dr Stephanie Bayol, Clare J Ashton, Biggy H Simbi, Neil C Stickland

(2009), Vol. 77, pp. 290-297, Differentiation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Evidence that a maternal "junk food" diet during pregnancy and lactation can reduce muscle force in offspring

Dr Stephanie Bayol, Raymond Macharia, Samantha J Farrington, Biggy H Simbi, Neil C Stickland

(2009), Vol. 48, pp. 62-65, European journal of nutrition, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1


MyoD- and nerve-dependent maintenance of MyoD expression in mature muscle fibres acts through the DRR/PRR element

Sophie B Charge, Andrew S Brack, Dr Stephanie Bayol, Simon M Hughes

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 1-13, BMC developmental biology, London, England, C1-1


Offspring from mothers fed a 'junk food' diet in pregnancy and lactation exhibit exacerbated adiposity that is more pronounced in females

Dr Stephanie Bayol, Biggy H Simbi, J A Bertrand, Neil C Stickland

(2008), Vol. 586, pp. 3219-3230, Journal of physiology, Chichester, West Sussex, C1-1