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Dr Shakuntla Gondalia

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Dr Shakuntla Gondalia has received her PhD in 2014, which explored the possible role of gut microbiota in the condition like autism. Since 2015 Dr Gondalia has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Human Psychopharmacology where she has been involved in a range of clinical trials exploring gut microbiota and biological pathways by which nutraceutical intervention improves the health and cognitive performance. Her research aims to better understand the effective mechanisms of GI microbiota, nutritional and dietary intervention on individual's physiological and psychological health condition.

Research interests

Nutrition; Food Science; Cognitive Psychology; Microbiota

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Investigating links between habitual diet, inflammation, oxidative stress and gut microbiota: The project focus on exploring the links between lifestyle factors such as long-term diet and nutritional intake, oxidative stress, inflammatory markers and the gut microbiota in healthy population.

Investigating the Gut-Brain connection: Human gut harbours trillions of bacteria which commonly called gut microbiome. Recent research supports the role of this microbiome in brain functions. This project will investigate the relation of this microbiome in age related cognitive decline and brain functions.

Fields of Research

  • Microbiology - 060500
  • Nutrition And Dietetics - 111100
  • Bioinformatics - 060102

Teaching areas

Nutrition;Cell Biology and Biochemistry;Microbiology;gut


  • 2016, Swinburne, Early Career Researcher (ECR) – Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award (SUPRA) Scheme, Swinburne University


Also published as: Gondalia, Shakuntla; Gondalia, S.; Gondalia, S. V.; Gondalia, Shakuntla V.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: i-Platform for microbiota analysis and visualisation *; SFI Research Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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