Nenad Naumovski

PhD Food Science, Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Honours)

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Dr Nenad Naumovski completed his Bachelor of Human Nutrition at the University of Newcastle (UoN), Ourimbah, NSW, Australia and an Honours degree (Class 1) in Human Nutrition with interest in biomarkers associated with the development of atherosclerosis (plasma thiols, B vitamins), dietary intake and cognitive functioning of elderly population residing in a retirement village. Dr Naumovski’s continued his studies by gaining a PhD in Food Science where he investigated the cholesterol lowering properties of major green tea catechin, epigallocatehin gallate (EGCG) in animal models of hypercholesterolemia as well as determining the pharmacokinetic and cholesterol lowering properties of EGCG in humans. During this time, Dr Naumovski applied his expertise in the development of functional food products and adaptation of chromatographic methods used for the analysis systemic absorption of EGCG and determination of cardiovascular disease biomarkers (sterols, blood lipids, carotenoids and tocopherols).

After gaining his PhD, Dr Naumovski extended his expertise in reproduction science as a research officer, where he worked under the supervision of L/Prof John Aitken (2012 NSW Scientist of the year) in the Reproductive Science group, part of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Sciences. In this position, he focused mainly on the development of new and innovative contraceptive on demand techniques that possess antimicrobial and potentially antiviral effects. During this time Dr Naumovski also worked on translation techniques from in vitro to in vivo testing using the animal models.

Dr Naumovski commenced his employment at University of Canberra (UC) in 2014 and currently he is an Associate Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He has established a research arm at UC looking into healthy aging trajectories, plant bioactives, psychocardiology and development of nutraceuticals. Dr Naumovski is also a team leader of the Functional Foods and Nutrition Research (FFNR) Laboratory. He holds positions of Visiting Professor (Harokopio University, Athens, Greece), Conjoint Senior Lecturer (University of Newcastle, Australia) and Honorary Fellow (Abertay University, UK). He also leads a self-assessment team working on the improvement in gender equality in the STEMM sector as a part of the national program Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE).

Student Projects Available

Dr Naumovski’s current research interest involves healthy ageing trajectories and nexus between the areas of plant bioactives, nutraceuticals and their consumption effects on psychocardiological markers in humans. This involves the development of methods of extraction, preservation and purification of a number of bioactives found in foods and food products as well as development of functional food products. At the moment Dr Naumovski mentors several post-doctoral researchers and supervises PhD candidates, Masters and Honours students.

For the current research projects opportunities, please contact Dr Naumovski directly.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 29 Mar 2012

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 26 Jul 2005

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 1 Jun 2003

External positions

Visiting Professor, Harokopio University

2019 → …

Honourary Fellow, Abertay University

2017 → …

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

2016 → …

ACT Membership Coordinator, Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR)

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2019

National Webinar Manager, Nutrition Society of Australia

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2017

Research Officer, University of Newcastle

1 Jan 20111 Dec 2013

Research Assistant, University of Newcastle

1 Jan 20061 Jan 2012


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