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Dr Barbara R Cardoso is a nutritional biochemist with a Masters and a PhD from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and international experience attained from research appointments in Brazil and Spain. She has developed breakthrough studies that combine her skills in nutrition, clinical trials, analytical chemistry, proteomics and molecular biology to unravel the biochemistry of selenium and its implications in age-associated cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. She also has an interest in investigating the intake of nuts as a dietary strategy to slow age-associated cognitive decline.   

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Barbara R Cardoso is the unit coordinator for NUT3008 - Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Nutrition; and co-coordinator for the unit NUT2104 - Nutritional Biochemistry in the Nutrition Science course. 

Supervision interests

Dr Barbara Cardoso is interested in supervising Honours and HDR students interested in investigating the biochemistry of selenium and the health effects of nut consumption.

Education/Academic qualification

Science / Nutrition, PhD, Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paulo)

Award Date: 10 Sep 2014

Nutrition, Bachelor degree, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Federal University of Santa Catarina)

Award Date: 13 Apr 2013

Human Applied Nutrition, Master's, Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paulo)

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

Clinical nutrition, Post-graduate course, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul

Award Date: 20 Dec 2008

External positions

Honorary Appointment, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (FINMH) (Victoria)


Research area keywords

  • selenium
  • age-associated cognitive decline
  • dementia
  • minerals
  • Micronutrient


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