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 as an Assistant Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He is a team leader of the international multidisciplinary research group Collaborative Research in Bioactives and Biomarkers (CRIBB), Membership Coordinator for the Australian Society for Medical Research (ACT Branch) and he was a national Webinar Manager for the Nutrition Society of Australia. 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 sits on the 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

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

External positions

Honourary Fellow, Abertay University

2017 → …

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

2016 → …

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

1 Jan 2015 → …

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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Folic Acid Medicine & Life Sciences
Antioxidants Medicine & Life Sciences
Mediterranean Diet Medicine & Life Sciences
Opuntia Medicine & Life Sciences
Tea Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Spermatozoa Medicine & Life Sciences
Population Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2003 2019

food production
human health

Curcumin for Cognition: Is It Just Hype, Based on Current Data?

D'Cunha, N. M., Seddon, N., Mellor, D. D., Georgousopoulou, E. N., McKune, A. J., Panagiotakos, D. B., Kellett, J. & Naumovski, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.). 10, 1, p. 179-181 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Relationship Between B-Vitamin Biomarkers and Dietary Intake with Apolipoprotein E є4 in Alzheimer’s Disease

D’Cunha, N. M., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Boyd, L., Veysey, M., Sturm, J., O’Brien, B., Lucock, M., McKune, A. J., Mellor, D. D., Roach, P. D. & Naumovski, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. p. 1-23 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vitamin B Complex
Apolipoproteins E
Alzheimer Disease
2 Citations (Scopus)

The beneficial health effects of green tea amino acid l-theanine in animal models: Promises and prospects for human trials

Williams, J., Sergi, D., McKune, A. J., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Mellor, D. D. & Naumovski, N., 2019, In : Phytotherapy Research. 33, 3, p. 571-583 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Animal Models
Amino Acids

The effect of blueberry interventions on cognitive performance and mood: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Travica, N., D'Cunha, N. M., Naumovski, N., Kent, K., Mellor, D. D., Firth, J., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Dean, O. M., Loughman, A., Jacka, F. & Marx, W., 2019, In : Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Blueberry Plants
Randomized Controlled Trials
Long-Term Memory