Background and activities

Ilaria Croci is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Cardiac Research Exercise Group (CERG) headed by Professor Ulrik Wisloff.

Ilaria holds a MSc in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research interests includeobesity, chronic liver disease, insulin resistance, fitness versus fatness, fat oxidation, ectopic fat, energy metabolism, methodology of exercise testing, lifestyle interventions, training prescription for chronic disease. 

Ilaria is grateful to the Swiss National Science Foundation for Research for supporting her postdoctoral research.

Education and Experience

From Feb 2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

2013-16: Teaching, Research and Project Management associate, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

2009-13: PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Translational Research Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

2008: MSc in Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 


1     Croci I, Byrne NM, Choquette S, Hills AP, Chachay VS, Clouston AD, O'Moore-Sullivan TM, Macdonald GA, Prins JB, Hickman IJ. Whole-body substrate metabolism is associated with disease severity in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Gut 2013; 62(11): 1625-1633 [PMID: 23077135  DOI: 10.1136/gutjnl-2012-302789].

2     Hickman IJ, Byrne NM, Croci I, Chachay VS, Clouston AD, Hills AP, Bugianesi E, Whitehead JP, AmaliaGastaldelli, Sullivan TMOM, Prins JB, Macdonald GA. A Pilot Randomised Study of the Metabolic and Histological Effects of Exercise in Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis. Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism 2013 [DOI: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000300].

3     Croci I, Borrani F, Byrne N, Wood R, Hickman I, Cheneviere X, Malatesta D. Reproducibility of Fatmax and fat oxidation rates during exercise in recreationally trained males. PLoS ONE 2014; 9(6): e97930 [PMID: 24886715 PMCID: 4041727 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097930].

4     Croci I, Hickman IJ, Wood RE, Borrani F, Macdonald GA, Byrne NM. Fat oxidation over a range of exercise intensities: fitness versus fatness. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2014; 39(12): 1352-1359 [PMID: 25356842  DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0144].

5     Ipavec-Levasseur S, Croci I, Choquette S, Byrne NM, Cowin G, O'Moore-Sullivan TM, Prins JB, Hickman IJ. Effect of 1-h moderate-intensity aerobic exercise on intramyocellular lipids in obese men before and after a lifestyle intervention. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2015; 40(12): 1262-1268 [PMID: 26575100  DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0258].

6     Skinner TL, Peeters GG, Croci I, Bell KR, Burton NW, Chambers SK, Bolam KA. Impact of a brief exercise program on the physical and psychosocial health of prostate cancer survivors: A pilot study. Asia Pac J Clin Oncol 2016 [PMID: 26923217  DOI: 10.1111/ajco.12474].

7     Croci I, Byrne N, Chachay V, Hills A, Clouston A, O’Moore-Sullivan T, Prins J, Macdonald G, Hickman I. Independent effects of diet and exercise training on fat oxidation in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. World Journal of Hepatology 2016.


Other publications

  • Croci I. Fat oxidation over a range of exercise intensities: fitness versus fatness – Knowledge Translation. An invited article written for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, leading Canadian professional association for exercise physiologists, to translate one of my articles (publication 4) into lay terms advices for practitioners. July 2015. Published online and on the CSEP review.