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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


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Unravelling the microbial and metabolic profiles of commercial and domestic Kombucha : Kombucha is a traditional fermented beverage and claimed for many health benefits. This research explores the bacteria and metabolites of this drink using conventional and high throughput technology (metagenomics and metabolomics).

Fields of Research

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

Teaching areas



Also published as: Gondalia, Shakuntla; Gondalia, S.
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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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