Beverly Muhlhausler

Dr Beverly Muhlhausler

Senior Research Fellow

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a NHMRC Career Development Award Fellow (Level 2) and lead the Obesity and Metabolic Health Division of the FOODplus Research Centre at the University of Adelaide.My work on the impact of maternal overnutrition on the programming of obesity and metabolic disease has made a significant contribution to current understanding of how exposure to maternal obesity and/or an excess nutrient supply before birth acts to alter the development of key systems involved in the regulation of energy balance. A key focus of my current research is identifying and testing nutritional interventions which can be applied during the perinatal period to improve metabolic health through the life-course, and I am currently leading basic science projects and clinical trials in this area. Since 2008, my work has included a specific focus on the role of maternal omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in determining growth and metabolic health of the infant and child, and I have published 15 original research papers and 4 reviews in the fatty acid field since 2012.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2010 NHMRC Peter Doherty Postdoctoral Fellow, Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia
    2017 President Australia and New Zealand Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
    2015 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Award Fellow (Level 2) The University of Adelaide
    2014 Treasurer International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
    2014 - 2017 Secretary Australia and New Zealand Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
    2014 Deputy Director, FOODplus Research Centre The University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Award Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2010 Head, Obesity and Metabolic Health Division, FOODplus Research Centre The University of Adelaide,
    2006 - 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow University of South Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2006 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1997 - 2001 The University of Adelaide Australia BSc (First Class Honours)
  • Research Interests

Year

Granting Body

Title

 

Name

Amount

2015

The University of Adelaide DVCR Interdisciplinary Research Fund (IRF)

Consumer perceptions, sensory appeal and nutritional value of edible insects: realising the potential of an emerging agricultural industry.

Wilkinson K, Muhlhausler BS, Ankeny R, Bray H

$25,000

2015-2018

NHMRC Career Development Award (Level 2)

Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Obesity through Nutritional Interventions

Muhlhausler BS

$455,113

2015-2016

Diabetes Australia Research Trust

Early Epigenetic Predictors of Insulin Resistance

Muhlhausler BS, Molloy P, VanDijk S, Buckley M, Makrides M

$60,000

2013

Waite Research Institute

How Do Nutrients Regulate the Microbiome-Genome Interactions in the Maturing GI tract of Preterm Infants

Muhlhausler BS, McPhee A, Collins CT, Gibson RA, Makrides M, Penttila , Bianco-Miotto T, Bent S

$70,000

2013-2016

Premier’s Research and Industry Fund

Improving the efficacy of sustainable plant oils to increased omega-3 levels in chicken products

Gibson RA, Hughes B, Hynd P, Muhlhausler B

$150,000

2013-2014

Channel 7 Children’s Health Research Foundation

Low GI diets for improving metabolic outcomes

Muhlhausler B, Brand-Miller J, Gentili S

$70,000

2012-2016

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Foods for Future Australians

Foods for Future Australians

Makrides M, Gibson RA, Ryan P, Zhou SJ, Dodd J, McPhee AJ, Umberger W, Muhlhausler B, Collins CT, Penttila I

$2,500,000

2011-2014

SIEF (Science & Industry Endowment Fund)

 

Early Nutrition, the Epigenome and the Prevention of Disease

 

 

Molloy P, Tellam P, Ryan L, Clark S, Samaras K, Cooney GJ, Makrides M, Muhlhausler B, McMillen C, Morrison J, Noakes M.

$2,000,000

2011

NHMRC Equipment Grant

The BOD-POD: A state-of-the-art system for measuring body composition

Couper J, Makrides M, Gibson RA, Dodd J, Muhlhausler BS, Collins CT, McPhee A

$65,000

2011-2014

NHMRC Career Development Award

Better nutrition for mothers and infants for healthier Australians

Muhlhausler B

$384,160

2010-2012

NHMRC Project Grant

Nutrition Before Conception and Later Obesity

McMillen C, Morrison J, Muhlhausler B, Ozanne S

$434,150

2009-2013

NHMRC Project Grant

The Childhood Obesity and Insulin Resistance

 Prevention Study (ChOIR)

Makrides, Muhlhausler, Gibson, McDermott,

Tapsell

$1,380,000

2007-2009

NHMRC Project Grant

The EarlyOrigins

Of Obesity

McMillen IC & Muhlhausler BS

$320,250

2009-2011

Channel 7 Children’s Health Research Foundation

 

Blocking the Early Origins of Obesity: A Role for Omega-3 fatty acids?

Muhlhausler B, Gibson RA

$100,000

2009     

The Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Establishment Grant

Early  Origins of A Taste for Fat: A New Perspective on the Early Life Origins of Obesity

Muhlhausler B

$29,000                    

2009

UniSA Health Sciences Divisional Research Grant

Blocking the Early Origins of Obesity: A Role for Omega-3 fatty acids?

Muhlhausler B

$10,000

2007-2011     

NHMRC Peter Doherty Post Doctoral Fellowship

The Early

Origins of Obesity: A Population Based and Mechanistic Approach

Muhlhausler B

$269,000

2007-2008

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Grant

Intrauterine Growth Restriction and the Early Origins of the Metabolic

Syndrome

Muhlhausler B

$40,000

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Principal Supervisor Investigating The Metabolic Health Benefits of Low Glycemic Index Grains Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr See Meng Lim
    2017 Co-Supervisor A novel intervention strategy to prevent IUGIR intrauterine growth restriction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Harleen Kaur
    2016 Principal Supervisor The Role of Maternal Fatty Acid Consumption During Impacts upon Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Sally Anne Victoria Draycott
    2016 Principal Supervisor Improved Understanding of Human Milk Composition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Gabriela Esteves Leghi
    2016 Principal Supervisor Identifying Predictions of Dietary Patterns and Obesity in Early Childhood Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Shannon Elizabeth Hunt
    2015 Principal Supervisor Early life factors influencing the infant gut microbiota development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Chloe Alexandra Douglas
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Short and Long Term Effects of DHA in Preterm Infants: Free Fatty Acids, Lipid Mediators and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Erandi Hewawasam Gardiye Hewawasam Thuduwage
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Use of Flaxseed Oil for Sustainable Enrichment of Chicken Meat with Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Human Consumption Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Khaled Adnan Khaled Kanakri
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Assessing the Impact of Maternal Omega-3 LCPUFA DHA on the Body Composition of Children at 7 Years of Age using Air Displacement Plethysmography (ADP) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Katie Wood
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Evaluation of antioxidant capacity and vitamin E content in barley grains and the impact of processing and storage Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Thi Thu Dung Do
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor DEVELOPMENT OF A ROBUST DRIED BLOOD SPOT METHOD FOR THE EVALUATION OF N-3 FATTY ACID STATUS OF INDIVIDUALS Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ge Liu
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Early Origins of Metabolic Syndrome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jing Zhou
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Iodine status of pregnant and lactating women and their infants in South Australia and the impacts of current and perinatal iodine nutrition status on body composition and insulin sensitivity of children at 5 years of age Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Dao Hoa Anh Huynh
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The early origins of obesity: The importance of prenatal vs postnatal environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Mini Aprem Vithayathil
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Maternal cafeteria diet consumption and the programming of food preferences in the offspring: the role of the mu-opioid receptor Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica Rose Gugusheff
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing President Australia and New Zealand Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Australia
    2014 - ongoing Secretary Australia New Zealand Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Australia
  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83130848
  • Email: beverly.muhlhausler@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7135
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Waite, floor GS
  • Room: GS 20
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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