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).

Dr Naumovski commenced his employment at University of Canberra (UC) in 2014 where he has established a research arm investigating healthy aging trajectories, plant bioactives, psychocardiology and development of nutraceuticals. He is a team co-leader of the Functional Foods and Nutrition Research (FFNR) Laboratory  and the academic member of the Future of Food in the Canberra Region group and University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise. 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).

Dr Naumovski has presented at several national and international conferences and was invited guest speaker for Australian Academy of Science (Food for Thought; Alternative Food Sources), International Bipolar Foundation (Dietary Interventions and Nutraceuticals for the Management of Mental Health) and Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

Research interests

Dr Naumovski’s current research interest involves healthy ageing trajectories and nexus between the areas of plant bioactives, nutraceuticals and their consumption effects on psycho-cardiometabolic 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.

Student Projects Available

Please contact Dr Naumovski directly for more information relating to the projects available in areas of;

Health effects associated with consumption of Opuntia ficus indica products.

Use of nootropic supplementation in the management of psycho-cardiometabolic outcomes.

Use of dietary interventions, nutritional supplements and functional food products on improvements in the quality of sleep.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Effects of (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-O-gallage (EGCG), a Green Tea Catechin, on Blood Cholesterol, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 29 Mar 2012

Bachelor, Is cognitive functioning related to plasma thiol disposition in an elderly population sample? , University of Newcastle

Award Date: 26 Jul 2005

Bachelor, Bachelor of Human Nutrition, 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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