School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I was awarded my PhD in 2020, and currently, I am a Research Associate at the University of Adelaide and a member of the Robinson Research Institute. The overarching aim of my research is to enhance health via lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes. Gestational diabetes (GDM), obesity, oxidative stress, and chronic disease are some areas I work. GDM is the most prevalent pregnancy complication in Australia and is also common worldwide. It can impact the health of both mother and child through the entirety of their lifespans. In this research, we aimed to reduce gestational diabetes through personalised dietary modifications.
I am fascinated by the potential links between different areas of science and keen on utilising my knowledge and skills in multidisciplinary projects. Currently, I collaborate with a team of plant scientists on a dietary supplement to combat obesity and metabolic risk factors. Obesity is a serious public health issue worldwide and one of the major risk factors for chronic disease and pregnancy complications.
I have the skills and expertise in planning multidisciplinary research projects in my areas of interest which are reproductive health, chronic disease including obesity, and mechanisms behind health and disease such as epigenetic modifications. I have these skills due to my experience as both a clinical dietitian and a researcher. As a dietitian, I have first-hand experience with the problems people face in maintaining a healthy diet as well as how to translate the new research into actionable steps and public language. As a researcher, my PhD focused on nutrition, reproductive and placental health. This required me to obtain a wide range of laboratory skills, as well as research methodology skills including systematic review and meta-analysis.
I also teach different modules for Nutrition I, II, and III. It provides me with an excellent opportunity to keep my knowledge updated, think more broadly and link different areas of research. I am the Biomedical Representative of the Robinson Research Institute Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Council and a co-lead for Health in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum (HiPPP) collective. I contribute to organising events such as conferences and seminars through these positions.
Date Position Institution name 2023 - ongoing Lecturer Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 2021 - ongoing Research Associate and Lecturer University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2022 Award Best Poster Award The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Nutrients Switzerland - 2021 Award HDA Travel and Development Grants 2021 Healthy Development Adelaide Australia - 2019 Award Best oral poster presentation (2nd Prize) Nutrition Society of Australia Australia - 2016 Scholarship University of Adelaide Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia -
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 2022 Habibi, N., Leemaqz, S. Y. -L., & Grieger, J. A. (2022). Modelling the Impact of Reducing Ultra-Processed Foods Based on the NOVA Classification in Australian Women of Reproductive Age. Nutrients, 14(7), 1518-1-1518-13.
2022 Habibi, N., Mousa, A., Tay, C. T., Khomami, M. B., Patten, R. K., Andraweera, P. H., . . . Grieger, J. A. (2022). Maternal metabolic factors and the association with gestational diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes - Metabolism: Research and Reviews, 38(5), 41 pages.
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2022 Grieger, J. A., Habibi, N., O'Reilly, S. L., Harrison, C. L., Moran, L. J., Vo, H., . . . Lim, S. (2022). Psychological distress and its association with intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, discretionary foods, and alcohol in women during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 103-104, 8 pages.
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2022 Habibi, N., Hall, K. A., Moran, L. J., Haag, D. G., Hodge, A. M., & Grieger, J. A. (2022). Is the Association between Age and Fertility Problems Modified by Diet Quality? Findings from a National Study of Reproductive Age Women in Australia. Nutrients, 14(20), 4355.
2021 Habibi, N., Livingstone, K. M., Edwards, S., & Grieger, J. A. (2021). Do older women of reproductive age have better diet quality than younger women of reproductive age?. Nutrients, 13(11), 1-12.
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2021 Habibi, N., Labrinidis, A., Leemaqz, S. Y. -L., Jankovic-Karasoulos, T., McCullough, D., Grieger, J. A., . . . Bianco-Miotto, T. (2021). Effect of selenium and iodine on oxidative stress in the first trimester human placenta explants. Nutrients, 13(3), 1-14.
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2020 Habibi, N., Jankovic-Karasoulos, T., Leemaqz, S. Y. L., Francois, M., Zhou, S. J., Leifert, W. R., . . . Bianco-Miotto, T. (2020). Effect of iodine and selenium on proliferation, viability, and oxidative stress in HTR-8/SVneo placental cells. Biological Trace Element Research, 199(4), 1332-1344.
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2020 Habibi, N., Grieger, J. A., & Bianco-Miotto, T. (2020). A Review of the Potential Interaction of Selenium and Iodine on Placental and Child Health.. Nutrients, 12(9), 22 pages.
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2020 Habibi, N., Bianco-Miotto, T., Phoi, Y. Y., Jankovic-Karasoulos, T., Roberts, C. T., & Grieger, J. A. (2020). Maternal diet and offspring telomere length: a systematic review.. Nutr Rev, 79(2), 148-159.
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2017 Daneshi-Maskooni, M., Badri-Fariman, M., Habibi, N., Dorosty-Motlagh, A., Yavari, H., Kashani, A., & Hosseini, M. (2017). The relationship between food insecurity and esophageal and gastric cancers: A case-control study. Journal of Research in Health Sciences, 17(2), 7-14.
Scopus10 Europe PMC4
2016 Samadi, M., Zeinali, F., Habibi, N., & Ghotbodin-Mohammadi, S. (2016). Intake of dietary supplements and malnutrition in patients in intensive care unit. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 7(1), 1-5.
2016 Hasaninasab, A., Esteghamati, A., Azam, K., Yosaee, S., Habibi, N., & Djafarian, K. (2016). Comparison of serum total antioxidant capacity between subjects with and without metabolic syndrome according their body mass index. Journal of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, 2(3), 34-39. 2015 Habibi, N., Huang, M. S. L., Gan, W. Y., Zulida, R., & Safavi, S. M. (2015). Prevalence of Primary Dysmenorrhea and Factors Associated with Its Intensity Among Undergraduate Students: A Cross-Sectional Study. Pain Management Nursing, 16(6), 855-861.
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2015 Hariri, M., Salehi, R., Feizi, A., Mirlohi, M., Ghiasvand, R., & Habibi, N. (2015). A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial on probiotic soy milk and soy milk: effects on epigenetics and oxidative stress in patients with type II diabetes. Genes and Nutrition, 10(6), 1-8.
2015 Zeinali, F., Abdollahi, S., Azam, K., Habibi, N., & Djafarian, K. (2015). Pattern of Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Elderly Individuals and Its Associated Characteristics.. Journal of Applied Environmental and Biological Sciences, 5(10), 83-90. - Zeinali, F., Habibi, N., Samadi, M., Azam, K., & Djafarian, K. (n.d.). Relation between Lifestyle and Socio-Demographic Factors and Body Composition among the Elderly. Global Journal of Health Science, 8(8), 172.
Co-Investigator on NHMRC Ideas Grant 2021-2024 (GNT 2000905. Revolutionising personalised nutrition for gestational diabetes $854,000)
2022 FOOD SC 3502WT - Nutrition III: Systematic review methodology, Writing & critiquing scientific publications
2022 Haide college, Nutrition I, Evidence-based nutrition, Nutrient Reference Values, Dietary Guidelines, Five Food Groups
2022 Haide college, Nutrition II, Introduction to Nutrition and Chronic disease, Nutrition and Diabetes, Nutrition and Cardiovascular disease, Nutrition and Cancer, Nutrition and Osteoprosis
2022 HLTH SC 3100 Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism: guest lecturer, Dietary assessment methodology
2022 FOOD SC X0002, Nutrition I, Evidence-based nutrition, Nutrient Reference Values, Dietary Guidelines, Five Food Groups
2021 FOOD SC 3502WT - Nutrition III: Diet and telomere length, and systematic review methodology
2021 PUB HLTH 3007 Nutrition: Ideology, Individuals & Industry: guest lecturer, assignment supervision and evaluation
2021 HLTH SC 3100 Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism: Dietary assessment methodology
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Representative EMCR council of the Robinson Research Institute Robinson Research Institute Australia 2021 - ongoing Council Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation in Health in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum (HiPPP) Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2021 - ongoing Representative Robinson Research Institute Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Nutrition Society of Australia Australia 2019 - 2021 Treasurer Postgraduate Association for Waite Students Australia 2017 - ongoing Member Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Incorporated Australia 2016 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) Australia
Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Health in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum EMR-C Conference Conference Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) Australia 2020 - 2021 Annual Postgraduate Symposium Symposium School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide Australia 2019 - 2020 Annual Postgraduate Symposium Symposium School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide Australia
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