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Dr Matthew Snelson is an advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian dietitian and National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Hypertension Research Laboratory at 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 diet and intestinal permeability in hypertension.


He has published 27 peer reviewed articles (15 as first/senior author) in journals such as Science Advances, Circulation, Diabetes and Hypertension. He has received over >$250,000 in competitive research funding as CIA from National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia and the Australian Diabetes Society. He has been awarded 14 national and 5 international awards, been an invited speaker at 3 international and 5 national meetings and given 10 international and 26 national presentations at 36 conferences. He is the president of the Australasian Human Microbiome Research Network 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
  • PHA3042 Modern Drug Development

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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