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Dr Nicola Bondonno

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2532, Email:, Campus: Joondalup,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2532
Campus: Joondalup  


Nicola is an NH&MRC Early Career Research Fellow in Public Health in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease) at the University of Western Australia [2014-2018]
  • Research Associate at the University of Western Australia [2017-2018]

Professional Associations

  • American Heart Association
  • Australasian Epidemiological Association
  • Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Australian Atherosclerosis Society
  • High Blood Pressure Research Council Australia
  • Australian and New Zealand Alliance for Cardiovascular Trials

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018 - Australian Nutrition Trust Fund Travelling Fellowship
  • 2018 - UWA Dean’s Early Career Research Excellence Award
  • 2017 - Nutrition Society of Australia Early Career Travel Award
  • 2017 - Convocation Postgraduate Research Travel Award
  • 2017 - Nutrition Society of Australia Student Travel Grant
  • 2017 - Best publication in the Clinical Medicine & Dentistry discipline award
  • 2016 - Postgraduate Students Association Student Travel Award
  • 2016 - RPH/MRF Research Day Student Encouragement Award
  • 2015 - International Conference on Polyphenols in Health Travel Award
  • 2015 - Students in Health and Medical Research Conference Best Poster Award
  • 2015 - Combined Biological Sciences Meeting Student Presentation Award

Research Areas and Interests

The primary focus of Nicola’s research is to understand the cardiovascular health benefits of diet, in particular bioactive compounds found in plant-based foods and beverages. She has a published track record in both human intervention studies and prospective cohort studies.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2018.


Recent Research Grants

  • Variations in flavonoid metabolism as an explanation for inter-individual differences in physiological responses to flavonoid-rich foods,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Early Career Fellowship,  2019 - 2023,  $551,169.
  • Profiling urinary metabolites after the ingestion of flavonoid-rich foods,  Edith Cowan University,  Early Career Researcher Grant – 2020,  2020 - 2021,  $29,810.
  • Investigating the Relationship between Dietary Components and Cardiometabolic Disease,  Raine Medical Research Foundation,  2020 Healy Research Collaboration Award,  2020,  $51,723.
  • A microbiome derived flavan-3-ol catabolite as a biomarker of intake,  Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation,  Springboard Grants,  2018 - 2020,  $19,930.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Bondonno, N., Lewis, J., Blekkenhorst, L., Bondonno, C., Shin, JH., Croft, KD., Woodman, RJ., Wong, G., Lim, WH., Gopinath, B., Flood, VM., Russell, J., Mitchell, P., Hodgson, J., (2020), Association of flavonoids and flavonoid-rich foods with all-cause mortality: The Blue Mountains Eye Study. Clinical Nutrition, epub ahead of print(in press), 1-10, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.01.004.
  • Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Ward, N., Woodman, R., Hodgson, J., Croft, K., (2020), Enzymatically-Modified Isoquercitrin Improves Endothelial Function in Volunteers at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, epub ahead of Print(20 August 2019), 1-21, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114519002137.
  • Gopinath, B., Liew, G., Lewis, J., Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Burlutsky, G., Hodgson, J., Mitchell, P., (2019), Associations between dietary flavonoids and retinal microvasculature in older adults. European Journal of Nutrition, epub ahead of Print(2019), 9p., DOI: 10.1007/s00394-019-02148-5.
  • Bondonno, N., Dalgaard, F., Kyro, C., Murray, K., Bondonno, C., Lewis, J., Croft, K., Gislason, G., Scalbert, A., Cassidy, A., Tjonneland, A., Overvad, K., Hodgson, J., (2019), Flavonoid intake is associated with lower mortality in the Danish Diet Cancer and Health Cohort. Nature Communications, 10(1), 3651, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11622-x.
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