Staff profile - Stephanie Bayol

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Dr Stephanie Bayol

Position: Research Fellow (Grade 2)
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46351 +61 3 924 46351



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.


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


Subjects and units currently teaching

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




Conferences and seminars

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.

Media appearances


NHS (UK government)

The Guardian

The Times

Book : "Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives" by Annie Murphy Paul

The Wellcome Trust


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Selected Publications

Al-Musawi SL, Stickland NC and Bayol SA. In ovo temperature manipulation differentially influences limb musculoskeletal development in two lines of chick embryos selected for divergent growth rates. J Exp Biol. 2012; 215:1594-1604.

Al-Musawi SL, Lock F, Simbi BH, Bayol SA and Stickland NC. Muscle specific differences in the regulation of myogenic differentiation in chickens genetically selected for divergent growth rates. Differentiation. 2011; 82(3):127-35.

Bayol SA & Stickland NC. Maternal “junk food” diet and post-natal development. Nova Acta Leopoldina. 2011; 382:21-26.

Bayol SA, Simbi BH, Fowkes RC, Stickland NC. A Maternal "Junk Food" Diet in Pregnancy and Lactation Promotes Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Rat Offspring. Endocrinology. 2010;151(4):1451-61.

Karunaratne JF, Bayol SA, Ashton C, Simbi B, Stickland NC. Potential molecular mechanisms for the prenatal compartmentalization of muscle and connective tissue in pigs. Differentiation. 2009;77(3):290-7.

Bayol SA, Macharia R, Farrington SJ, Simbi BH, Stickland NC. Evidence that a maternal "junk food" diet during pregnancy and lactation can reduce muscle force in offspring. Eur J Nutr. 2009;48(1):62-5.

Bayol SA, Simbi BH, Bertrand JA, Stickland NC. Offspring from mothers fed a 'junk food' diet in pregnancy and lactation exhibit exacerbated adiposity that is more pronounced in females. J Physiol. 2008;586(13):3219-30.

Chargé SB, Brack AS, Bayol SA, Hughes SM. MyoD- and nerve-dependent maintenance of MyoD expression in mature muscle fibres acts through the DRR/PRR element. BMC Dev Biol. 2008; 23;8:5.

Bayol S, Farrington S, Stickland N. A maternal "junk food" diet in pregnancy and lactation promotes an exacerbated taste for "junk food" and a greater propensity for obesity in rat offspring. Br J Nutr. 2007 98(4):843-51.

Albokhadaim I, Hammond CL, Ashton C, Simbi BH, Bayol S, Farrington S, Stickland N. Larval programming of post-hatch muscle growth and activity in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). J Exp Biol. 2007;210(Pt 10):1735-41.

McEntee GM, Simbi BH, Bayol SA, Macharia RG, Stickland NC. Neuromuscular stimulation causes muscle phenotype-dependent changes in the expression of the IGFs and their binding proteins in developing slow and fast muscle of chick embryos. Dev Dyn. 2006; 235(7):1777-84.

Bayol SA, Simbi BH, Stickland NC. A maternal cafeteria diet during gestation and lactation promotes adiposity and impairs skeletal muscle development and metabolism in rat offspring at weaning. J Physiol. 2005;567(Pt 3):951-61.

Bayol S, Brownson C, Loughna PT. Electrical stimulation modulates IGF binding protein transcript levels in C2C12 myotubes. Cell Biochem Funct. 2005;23(5):361-5.

Bayol S, Jones D, Goldspink G, Stickland NC. The influence of undernutrition during gestation on skeletal muscle cellularity and on the expression of genes that control muscle growth. Br J Nutr. 2004;91(3):331-9.

Bayol S, Loughna PT, Brownson C. Phenotypic expression of IGF binding protein transcripts in muscle, in vitro and in vivo. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000;273(1):282-6.

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