Department for Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics

Tadej Debevec

Title: Researcher
Role: Researcher
Phone: +386 477-3259
E-mail: tadej.debevec [at]



I am a research associate at “Jozef Stefan” Institute and an assistant professor at Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana. I received my Ph.D. in 2011 for the work on different altitude/hypoxic & hyperoxic training modalities and their effects on athletic performance. During 2013/2014 I was a Post-doctoral fellow at University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Human Biology, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

My research is primarily oriented at investigating physiological adaptations of humans to different environmental stressors in particular oxygen fraction, barometric pressure, lack of gravity and temperature in health and disease.

Bellow you will find my main current research areas:

- Oxygen/ambient pressure manipulations for enhancing performance 

- Interactions of hypoxia and inactivity

- Metabolic effect of altitude/hypoxic exposures

- Preacclimatization strategies for altitude acclimation

- Effects of hypoxia/hypobaria in vulnerable populations


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Recent publications:


KAPUS J, MEKJAVIĆ IB, MCDONNELL AC, UŠAJ A, VODIČAR J, NAJDENOV P, JAKOVLJEVIĆ M, JAKI MEKJAVIC P, ŽVAN M & DEBEVEC T. Cardiorespiratory responses of adults and children during normoxic and hypoxic exercise. International Journal of Sports Medicine(In press). (IF = 2.53) [pdf]


DEBEVEC THypoxia-related hormonal appetite modulation in humans during rest and exercise: Mini reviewFrontiers in Physiology. (2017) 8(366). (IF = 4.03) [pdf]


ŠKET R, TREICHEL N, DEBEVEC T, MEKJAVIĆ IB, EIKEN O, SCHLOTHER M, VITAL M, CHANDLER J, TIEDJE JM, MUROVEC B, PREVORŠEK Z & STRES B. Hypoxia and inactivity related physiological changes (constipation, inflammation) are not reflected at the level of gut metabolites and butyrate producing microbial community: The PlanHab studyFrontiers in Physiology(2017) 8(250). (IF = 4.03) [pdf]


STREWE C, ZELLER R, FEUERECKER M, HOERL M, KUMPREJ I, CRISPIN A, JOHANNES B, DEBEVEC T, MEKJAVIC IB, SCHELLING G & CHOUKER A. PlanHab study: Assessment of psycho-neuroendocrine function in male subjects during 21 days of normobaric hypoxia and bed restStress. (2017) 20:2, 131-139. (IF = 2.20) [pdf]


MILLET GP, DEBEVEC T, BROCHERIE F, GIRARD O & PIALOUX V. Influence of the between-subjects and between-hypoxic conditions variability in oxidative stress. Commentaries on Viewpoint: Human skeletal muscle wasting in hypoxia: a matter of hypoxic dose? Journal of Applied Physiology. (2017) 122: 409–411. (IF = 3.01) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T & MILLET GP. Can exercise in hypoxia alleviate NO-dependent detrimental effects of anemia? Commentaries on Viewpoint: Anemia contributes to cardiovascular disease through reductions in nitric oxide. Journal of Applied Physiology. (2017) 122: 418–419. (IF = 3.01) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP & PIALOUX V. Hypoxia-induced oxidative stress modulation with physical activity. Frontiers in Physiology. (2017) 8(84) (IF = 4.03) [pdf]

RITTWEGER J, DEBEVEC T, FRINGS-MEUTHEN P, LAU P, MITTAG U, GANSE B, FERSTL PG, SIMPSON EJ, MACDONALD IA, EIKEN O & MEKJAVIĆ IB. On the combined effects of normobaric hypoxia and bed rest upon bone and mineral metabolism: Results from the PlanHab study. Bone. (2016) 91: 130-138. (IF = 3.74) [pdf] 


DEBEVEC T, SIMPSON EJ, MEKJAVIĆ IB, EIKEN O &  MACDONALD IA. Effects of prolonged hypoxia and bed rest on appetite and appetite-related hormones. Appetite. (2016) 107: 28-37. (IF = 3.13) [pdf] 


MILLET GP, DEBEVEC T, BROCHERIE F, MALATESTA D & GIRARD O. Therapeutic use of exercising in hypoxia: promises and limitations. Frontiers in Physiology(2016) 7(224). (IF = 4.03) [pdf] 


MILLET GP, GIRARD O, MALATESTA D, DEBEVEC T MEKJAVIĆ IB. Exercising in hypoxia as an inovative treatement. The Journal of Physiology(2016) (IF = 4.73) [pdf]

PODLOGAR T & DEBEVEC T. Effects of a 14-day high-carbohydrate diet on exercise performance of a low-carbohydrate adapted athlete – Case study. Kinesiologia Slovenica(2016) 22(1): 37–46. (IF = N/A) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T, PIALOUX V, EHRSTRÖM S, RIBON A, EIKEN O, MEKJAVIĆ IB & MILLET GP. FemHab: The effects of bed rest and hypoxia on oxidative stress in healthy females. Journal of Applied Physiology(2016) 120: 930–938. (IF = 3.01) [pdf]


SIMPSON EJ, DEBEVEC T, EIKEN O, MEKJAVIĆ IB & MACDONALD IA. The combined and separate effects of 16 days bed rest and normobaric hypoxic confinement on circulating lipids and indices of insulin sensitivity in healthy menJournal of Applied Physiology. (2016) 120: 947–955. (IF = 3.01) [pdf]


RIBON A, PIALOUX V, SAUGY JJ, RUPP T, FAISS R, DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP. Exposure to hypobaric hypoxia results in higher oxidative stress compared to normobaric hypoxia. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology(2016) 223(3): 23-27. (IF = 1.77) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T, PIALOUX V, SAUGY J, SCHMITT L, CEJUELA R, MURY P, EHRSTROM S, FAISS R & MILLET GP. Prooxidant/Antioxidant balance in hypoxia: A cross-over study on normobaric vs. hypobaric "Live High-Train Low"  PLoS ONE (2015) 10(9): e0137957. (IF = 3.06) [pdf]

DEBEVEC T, BALI TC, SIMPSON EJ, MACDONALD IA, EIKEN O & MEKJAVIĆ IB. Separate and combined effects of 21-day bed rest and hypoxic confinement on body composition. European Journal of Applied Physiology. (2014) 114(11): 2411-2425. (IF = 2.30) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T, SIMPSON EJ, MACDONALD IA, EIKEN O & MEKJAVIĆ IB. Exercise training during normobaric hypoxic confinement does not alter hormonal appetite regulation. PLoS ONE. (2014) 9(6):e98874. (IF = 3.23) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T & MILLET GPDiscerning normobaric and hypobaric hypoxia: Significance of exposure duration. Journal of Applied Physiology(2014) 116(9):1255. (IF = 3.06) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T, MCDONELL AC, MACDONALD IA, EIKEN O & MEKJAVIĆ IB. Whole body and regional body composition changes following 10-day hypoxic confinement and unloading/inactivity. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. (2014) 39(3):386-395. (IF = 2.23) [pdf]


DEBEVEC T, PIALOUX V, MEKJAVIĆ IB, EIKEN O, MURY P & MILLET GP. Moderate exercise blunts oxidative stress induced by normobaric hypoxic confinement. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise(2014) 46(1):33-41. (IF = 4.46) [pdf]


IF = Journal impact factor during the year of publication