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Dr Matthew Snelson is a dietitian and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Diabetes, Monash University. His research utilises cell culture, preclinical animal studies and diet intervention trials to elucidate the role of diet in altering disease states via modulation of the gut microbiota. He completed his PhD at Monash University in 2019, investigating the effects of a processed diet on gut homeostasis and the contribution that these changes make to the development of diabetic kidney disease. His current research focus is investigating the role of dietary resistant starch in the progression of diabetic nephropathy.


He has published 24 peer reviewed articles (13 as first-author) in journals such as Science Advances, Circulation, Diabetes and Hypertension. He has received over >$100,000 in competitive research funding as chief investigator, including a 2021 Diabetes Australia Research Project Grant ($60,000). He was the 2020 recipient of the Australian Diabetes Society Servier Diabetes Research Grant in memory of Barry Young. He has been awarded 13 national and international awards, been an invited speaker at 2 international and 5 national meetings and given 8 international and 19 national presentations at 27 conferences. He is the acting chair of the working group of the Australasian Human Microbiome Research Network, on the organising committee for the 2021 Dietitian’s Australia Conference and a committee member of Nutrition Society of Australia Melbourne branch. He was the inaugural president and founder of the Monash Diabetes Students Association (2017-2019). He was a Victorian Finalist in the FameLab competition and a School Winner, Faculty Runner-up and People’s Choice Winner of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition. He has written for The Conversation (>175,000 reads) and presented to local community groups (Lions Club).


Specialist topic lecturer for:

  • FSC5041 Advanced Food, Nutrition and Health
  • TRM6007 Translational Research and Medicine for Metabolic Disorders

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • gut microbiota
  • Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs)
  • Dietary Fibre
  • Diabetes


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