Dr Mary Woessner

Clinical Trial Project Coordinator, Bone Health and Fractures Research Program

ACU Researcher

Areas of expertise: Exercise physiology, cardiovascular health, heart failure, vascular disease, nitric oxide, nutritional interventions

ORCID ID:  0000-0001-7001-8407

Phone: +613 9953 3700

Email: mary.woessner@acu.edu.acu

Location:  215 Spring Street

Mary’s research interests are in understanding novel exercise and nutrition interventions for clinical populations. Prior to her role at ACU, Mary completed both her BSc and MA in Exercise and Sports Science in the United States at Meredith College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively. Mary then worked as a clinical trials coordinator at Duke University for Dr Jason Allen in the Fredrick R. Cobb noninvasive vascular lab.

In 2015, Mary moved to the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Her PhD was funded by the Heart Foundation of Australia, and the work focused on exploring the effects of inorganic-nitrate supplementation on exercise performance in individuals with chronic heart failure.

Mary has been an invited speaker at international conferences and has published her work in prestigious journals, including Circulation Research and Nitric Oxide. She has affiliations with Victoria University as a Sessional Academic/Adjunct Fellow, with the Baker Diabetes and Heart Institute as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist.



Select publications

  • Hiam, D., Smith, C., Voisin, S., Denham, J., Yan, X., Landen, S., Jacques, M., Alvarez-Romero, J., Garnham, A., Woessner, M. N., Herrmann, M., Duque, G., Levinger, I., & Eynon, N. (2020). Aerobic capacity and telomere length in human skeletal muscle and leukocytes across the lifespan. Aging (Albany NY), 12(1), 359-369. doi:10.18632/aging.102627
  • Woessner, M., VanBruggen, M. D., Pieper, C. F., Sloane, R., Kraus, W. E., Gow, A. J., & Allen, J. D. (2018). Beet the Best? Circ Res, 123(6), 654-659. doi:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313131
  • Woessner M, Levinger I, Neil C, Smith C, Allen JD. Effects of Dietary Inorganic Nitrate Supplementation on Exercise Performance in Patients with Heart Failure: A Study Protocol for a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Cross-Over Trial. URL: http://www.researchprotocols.org/0000/0/e0/ doi:10.2196/resprot.886
  • Woessner MN, McIlvenna LC, Ortiz de Zevallos J, Neil CJ, Allen JD. Dietary nitrate supplementation in cardiovascular health: an ergogenic aid or exercise therapeutic? Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2018 Feb 1;314(2):H195-H212. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00414.2017. Epub 2017 Nov 3 (Q1).
  • Woessner, M. N., VanBruggen, M. D., Pieper, C. F., O’Reilly, E. K., Kraus, W. E., & Allen, J. D. Combined Dietary Nitrate and Exercise Intervention in Peripheral Artery Disease: Protocol Rationale and Design. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(10), e139, 2017. https://doi.org/10.2196/resprot.7596
  • M. Woessner, J.M. Smoliga, B. Tarzia, T. Stabler, M. Van Bruggen, J.D Allen, A stepwise reduction in plasma and salivary nitrite with increasing strengths of mouthwash following a dietary nitrate load. Nitric Oxide (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.niox.2016.01.002 (Q1).
  • Smith-Ryan, A., M. Woessner, M. Melvin, H. Wingfield, A. Hackney. The effects of beta-alanine supplementation on physical working capacity at heart rate threshold. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging 34:397-404, 2014 (Q2).
  • Smith-Ryan, A., Sarah N. Fultz, Malia N. Melvin, Hailee L. Wingfield, M. Woessner. Reproducibility and validity of A-mode ultrasound for body composition measurement and classification in overweight and obese men and women. PLos ONE 9(3): e91750.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091750, 2014 (Q1).
  • Wingfield, H.,Smith-Ryan, A., Woessner, M., Melvin, M., Fultz, S., Graff, R. Body composition assessment in overweight women: validation of air displacement plethysmography. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging 34: 72-76, 2014 (Q2).

Accolades and awards

  • 2016 Victoria University Three Minute Thesis Winner
  • 2016 Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis Finalist, QLD, Australia
  • 2013 Marvin E. Allen Excellence in Teaching Award, UNC Chapel Hill, NC, USA 2010
  • Academic Achievement Award, Meredith College, NC, USA

Public engagement

Appointments and affiliations

  • Adjunct Fellow/Sessional Academic Victoria University, Institute for Health and Sport
  • American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP)
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Deakin University
  • Western Health (Honorary Position)

International journal review panel

  • Drug Design, Development and Therapy

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