Margaret Murray


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Margaret is a Dietitian, Researcher and Lecturer with the School of Chemistry and Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, at Monash University.  Her research focuses on the potential health benefits of nutrients in food, particularly phytochemicals, which she investigates through clinical research studies.  Her current research project with the Bennett Food Chemistry group is a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Research Institute, in Germany.  This research involves identifying the health impact of metabolites of functional food compounds using radio-label tracing to track the metabolites and their functions.  

Previous research of Margaret's has focused on the self-esteem of adolescents undergoing weight management, and on Aboriginal health and Indigenous health education.  Margaret's research work has resulted in numerous publications and presentations at various local and international meetings, as well as several competitive awards/prizes and travel grants. 

Margaret teaches into the Master of Food Science and Agribusiness course at Monash University, delivering the food, nutrition and human health content.  This unit is a culmination of Margaret's interests in nutrition, health and sustainability and considers the global challenges facing our food system of delivering a healthy and sustainable diet to all.  Margaret has also been involved in co-supervising an honours student and numerous undergraduate placement students, and is looking to take on co-supervision of PhD students.

Margaret has completed a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and demonstrates her leadership skills as the Monash University Faculty of Science early career researcher (ECR) representative.  A role that sees her organising events and communicating information for ECRs and contributing to and chairing several committees.  Margaret is also Wellbeing Champion and a Green Impact program leader within the School of Chemistry.  Roles in which she is able to practice and share her interests in nutrition, health and sustainability.

Education/Academic qualification

Nutrition, Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Mar 2015Sep 2018

Award Date: 21 Jan 2019

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

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

Indigenous health curriculum and health professional learners: A systematic review

Francis-Cracknell, A., Murray, M., Palermo, C., Atkinson, P., Gilby, R. & Adams, K., 4 May 2019, In : Medical Teacher. 41, 5, p. 525-531 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

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)


Andrea Joy Logan Prize

Murray, Margaret (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MNHS Faculty Three Minute Thesis Competition (3rd place)

Murray, Margaret (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

NSA Conference Travel Grant

Murray, Margaret (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