Dr Marina Iacovou is a member of the Microbiota and Systems Biology Research group in the Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases.

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Marina Iacovou from the Microbiota and Systems Biology Research Group at Hudson Institute

Areas of interest

Antimicrobial resistance COVID-19 Gastroenteritis Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Microbiome in health and disease

Research group

Microbiota and Systems Biology


Marina has more than 15 years experience as a Nutritionist and an Accredited Practising Dietitian in clinical practice. Marina also has 20 years experience in Project Management, initially in the communications corporate sector, and then in nutrition science. Marina completed her PhD in 2016 with the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University where she investigated dietary therapies for breastfeeding mothers and infants with colic. Between 2017 and 2019, Marina was responsible for >$1.5 million in industry funding, which contributed to the funding of dietary therapy research for gastrointestinal conditions at the Department of Gastroenterology, Monash University. Between February 2019 and October 2020 Marina implemented a multicentre dietary intervention study funded by an NHMRC Grant of >$1.4M titled Shifting Weight using Intermittent Fasting in night shift workers (The SWIFt study) at the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, Monash University. Marina is now one of three Chief investigators who in December 2020 was awarded an NHMRC New Ideas Grant of >$1.4 million over 5 years and is investigating food-derived bacteria and their role in treating

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