Nahal Habibi

Nahal Habibi

Post-doctoral Researcher

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I was awarded my PhD in 2020 and currently I am a University of Adelaide postdoctoral researcher and member of the Robinson Research Institute. The overarching aim of my research is to enhance reproductive health via lifestyle modification such as dietary changes. Gestational diabetes is the most prevalent pregnancy complication in Australia and also common around the world. It can impact both mothers’ and children’s health through the entirety of their lifespans. The focus of my current research is to reduce gestational diabetes through personalised dietary modifications.

I have the skills and expertise in planning multidisciplinary research projects in my areas of interest which are reproductive health, the impact of parental factors on pregnancy and baby’s health, and mechanisms behind health and disease such as epigenetic modifications. I have these skills due to my experience as a clinical dietitian, completing my PhD in the area of reproductive and placental health, having a wide range of laboratory skills, and working on the current clinical and epidemiological post-doctoral research project.

I have experience in teaching different health-relevant topics. It provides me with an excellent opportunity to keep my knowledge updated, think more broadly and link different areas. Currently, I am the Biomedical Representative of the Robinson Research Institute Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Council and a member of the EMCR committee of Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation in Health in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum (HiPPP). Through these positions, I contribute to organising events such as conferences and seminars.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    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.
    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.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    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.
    Scopus6 Europe PMC2
    2017 Habibi, N., Hasaninasab, A., Esteghamati, A., Azam, K., Yosaee, S., & Djafarian, K. (2017). 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).
    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.
    DOI Scopus5
    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.
    DOI Scopus47 Europe PMC23
    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.
    DOI Scopus29
    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)

2021       FOOD SC 3502WT - Nutrition III: guest lecturer on maternal 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: guest lecturer

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation in Health in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum (HiPPP) Australia
    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
  • Event Participation

    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
  • Position: Post-doctoral Researcher
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6062.31
  • Org Unit: Women's and Children's Health

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