Dr Michael Skilton

Senior Research Fellow
Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Sydney Medical School

C39 - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9515 3383
F: +61 2 9550 6262

Biographical details

Dr Skilton is a vascular physiologist at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, and is currently the recipient of a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Queensland (BSc Hons I) in 1998, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2005 for his doctoral studies on “Nutrition and cardiovascular structure and function”. He has held postdoctoral positions in Lyon, France (2005-2007) and at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne (2007-2010). He has published 44 scientific papers, in high ranking journals including the Lancet, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Biological Psychiatry, Neurology, ATVB, Stroke, Hypertension, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Pediatrics. He is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS), the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD),and a fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). He is currently a Chief Investigator on research grants totalling over $1.8m, and has ongoing collaborations with research teams in France, Finland, Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin.

Research interests

Our research focuses on the development and refinement of techniques for assessing early vascular disease, and cross-disciplinary application of these techniques to identify novel cardiovascular risk factors and individuals at risk of having heart attacks and strokes.

Specific research topics include:

  • Identification of individuals at risk of early vascular damage due to their intrauterine environment, including exposure to maternal obesity

  • Determining the mechanisms by which pregnancy increases cardiovascular risk

  • Determining the mechanisms by which obesity increases cardiovascular risk

  • Determining the factors that contribute to increased cardiovascular risk in Indigenous Australians

Current national competitive grants*


Non-invasive assessment of vascular health in maternal-fetal and other susceptible population
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NHMRC Career Development Fellowship ($384,160 over 4 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney