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. 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

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

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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Research Output

Assessing the diet quality of individuals with rheumatic conditions; a cross-sectional study

Carter, T., D'Cunha, N. M., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Isbel, S., Davey, R., Mellor, D. D., Kellett, J., McKune, A. J. & Naumovski, N., 6 Feb 2020, In : Rheumatology International. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Association between lipids and apolipoproteins on type 2 diabetes risk; moderating effects of gender and polymorphisms; the ATTICA study

    Mellor, D. D., Georgousopoulou, E. N., D’Cunha, N. M., Naumovski, N., Chrysohoou, C., Tousoulis, D., Pitsavos, C. & Panagiotakos, D. B., Jan 2020, In : Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. p. 1-30 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Dietary anti-inflammatory index, metabolic syndrome and transition in metabolic status; a gender-specific analysis of ATTICA prospective study

    ATTICA study Investigators, Kouvari, M., Panagiotakos, D. B., Naumovski, N., Chrysohoou, C., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Yannakoulia, M., Tousoulis, D. & Pitsavos, C., Mar 2020, In : Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 161, p. 1-11 11 p., 108031.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Microbial Safety of Nonalcoholic Beverages

    Ranadheera, C. S., Prasanna, P. H. P., Pimentel, T. C., Azeredo, D. R. P., Rocha, R. S., Cruz, A. G., Vidanarachchi, J. K., Naumovski, N., McConchie, R. & Ajlouni, S., 2020, Safety Issues in Beverage Production. Grumezescu, A. M. & Holban, A. M. (eds.). United States: Elsevier, Vol. 18. p. 187-221 35 p. (Safety Issues in Beverage Production).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Activities

    • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

    United Arab Emirates University

    Nenad Naumovski (Visiting researcher)
    13 Oct 201915 Oct 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Harokopio University

    Nenad Naumovski (Visiting researcher)
    5 Oct 201913 Oct 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution