Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Gayle Smythe

Associate Professor Gayle Smythe

Associate Professor Gayle Smythe is currently the Associate Dean - Research in the Faculty of Science.

Prior to taking on this position, Gayle was the acting Head, School of Community Health. Gayle come from a biomedical science background, and has undertaken extensive course management/co-ordination duties in health courses (Bachelor of Health & Rehabilitation Science) at the undergraduate level, and is now managing research higher degrees in the Faculty of Science.

Gayle undertook a undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Western Australia, before completing post-doctoral research positions at the University of Western Australia (1999-2001), Stanford University (2001-2003) and CSU (2003-2005), in understanding the cellular and biochemical mechanisms underlying muscle degeneration in muscular dystrophies. Gayle commenced my first permanent academic appointment as a Lecturer at CSU in 2005.

Gayle is based on the Albury campus of CSU.

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Teaching

Associate Professor Gayle Smythe came to CSU as a Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology in the School of Community Health.

Gayle led the establishment of a head and neck anatomy subject in full distance education mode in the Speech Pathology program, and taught a broad range of subjects in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Gayle also made significant contributions to course management, running the Health and Rehabilitation Science course from 2009-2012, including it's establishment on the Albury and Port Macquarie campuses, and developing the full-time distance education mode study program.

Since commencing as the Associate Dean (Research, Honours & Graduate Studies), Gayle has developed workshops for Higher Degree by Research students on topics such as dealing with peer review/criticism in research, and has run induction sessions and development sessions via the Research Office in the examination process, and global trends in research.

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Research

Associate Professor Gayle Smyths's main research interests are in understanding the mechanisms underlying muscle degeneration in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This is a prevalent degenerative disease of muscle that is usually lethal in the 20's-30's.

Gayle's research focuses in identifying biochemical and cellular mechanisms that contribute to muscle weakness and breakdown, including signal transduction pathways and compromised cellular stress responses, and targeting those mechanisms pharmacologically to alleviate loss of muscle mass and function.

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Professional Bodies
  • Member - World Muscle Society (2009-present)
  • Member - Australian & New Zealand Society for Cell & Developmental Biology Inc (2003-present)
Peer Review
  • Peer reviewer - (papers) I receive regular invitations to review journal articles for international journals e.g. American Journal of Pathology, Cell and Tissue Research, Muscle & Nerve and Journal of Cell Science.
  • Peer reviewer - (grants) I review grant applications for Australian (ARC, NHMRC) and International (Qatar National Research Foundation and Telethon Italy) funding bodies.

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