Margaret Murray


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Personal profile


I am a Dietitian and researcher with the School of Chemistry.  My research focuses on the potential health benefits of nutrients in food, particularly phytochemicals, which I investigate through clinical research studies.  Previous research of mine has focused on the self-esteem of adolescents undergoing weight management, and on Aboriginal health and Indigenous health education.  This work has resulted in publications and presentations at various local and international meetings, as well as several competitive awards/prizes and travel grants.  I have also been involved in supervision, co-supervising an honours student and numerous undergraduate placement students, and teaching, tutoring and lecturing into undergraduate and masters courses in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, in the areas of functional foods and systematic literature reviews.  I have completed a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, served on the organising committee for the Monash Health Translational Precinct (MHTP) Research Week PhD Symposium and volunteered at the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Convention.  I was a Green Impact team leader in 2019 and am a Wellbeing Champion for the School of Chemistry.  I am involved in peer-reviewing and have reviewed articles for eight reputable journals in the Nutrition and Food Science area.  My current project with the Bennett Food Chemsitry group is a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Research Institute, in Germany, through the ICON Scheme.  This research invovles tracing metabolites and biodistribution of functional food compounds to determine their potential benefits or detriments to human health.  My next challenge for 2020 will be co-ordinating and teaching the Food, Nutrition and Human Health unit for the new Master of Food Science and Agribusiness course.

Education/Academic qualification

Nutrition, Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Mar 2015Sep 2018

Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Jan 2018Dec 2018

Nutrition Science, Honours degree of the Bachelor of Nutrition, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Research area keywords

  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Trials
  • Dietetics

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 5 Review Article
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Chapter (Book)

Measuring Self-Esteem Changes in Children and Adolescents Affected by Overweight or Obesity: A Scoping Review of Instruments Currently Used in Multicomponent Weight-Management Interventions

Tirlea, L., Bonham, M., Dordevic, A., Bristow, C., Day, K., Brennan, L., Haines, T. P. & Murray, M., 1 Dec 2019, In : Childhood Obesity. 15, 8, p. 485-501 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Research Tool Helps Validate Efficacy of Functional Foods

Buecking, M., Goeckener, B., Haynes, J., Leitner, P., Murray, M., Williamson, G. & Bennett, L. E., 1 Nov 2019, Food Technology 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleOther

4 Citations (Scopus)
8 Citations (Scopus)

Do marine algal polyphenols have antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic or anti-inflammatory effects in humans? A systematic review

Murray, M., Dordevic, A. L., Bonham, M. P. & Ryan, L., 2018, In : Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 58, 12, p. 2039-2054 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Indigenous health curriculum and health professional learners: A systematic review

Francis-Cracknell, A., Murray, M., Palermo, C., Atkinson, P., Gilby, R. & Adams, K., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Medical Teacher. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Andrea Joy Logan Prize

Margaret Murray (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MNHS Faculty Three Minute Thesis Competition (3rd place)

Margaret Murray (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

NSA Conference Travel Grant

Margaret Murray (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Research Tool Helps Validate Efficacy of Functional Foods

Mark Buecking, Bernd Goeckener, John Haynes, Patricia Leitner, Margaret Murray, Gary Williamson & Louise Bennett


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature