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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.
  • Investigating the Relationship between Dietary Components and Cardiometabolic Disease,  Raine Medical Research Foundation,  2020 Healy Research Collaboration Award,  2020 - 2021,  $51,723.
  • Profiling urinary metabolites after the ingestion of flavonoid-rich foods,  Edith Cowan University,  Early Career Researcher Grant – 2020,  2020 - 2021,  $29,810.
  • 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., 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, 123(2), 182-189, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114519002137.
  • Bondonno, N., Murray, K., Bondonno, C., Lewis, J., Croft, K., Kyro, C., Gislason, G., Tjonneland, A., Scalbert, A., Cassidy, A., Piccini, J., Overvad, K., Hodgson, J., Dalgaard, F., (2020), Flavonoid intake and its association with atrial fibrillation. Clinical Nutrition, Online(April), epub, DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2020.04.025.
  • Bondonno, C., Bondonno, N., Shinde, S., Shafaei Darestani, A., Boyce, M., Swinny, E., Jacob, S., Lacey, K., Woodman, R., Croft, K., Considine, M., Hodgson, J., (2020), Phenolic composition of 91 Australian apple varieties: towards understanding their health attributes. Food and Function, epub ahead of print(2020), 11p., DOI: 10.1039/d0fo01130d.
  • Gopinath, B., Liew, G., Lewis, J., Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Burlutsky, G., Hodgson, J., Mitchell, P., (2020), Associations between dietary flavonoids and retinal microvasculature in older adults. European Journal of Nutrition, 59(7), 3093-3101, DOI: 10.1007/s00394-019-02148-5.
  • Sim, M., Lewis, J., Prince, R., Levinger, I., Brennan-Speranza, T., Palmer, C., Bondonno, C., Bondonno, N., Devine, A., Ward, N., Byrnes, E., Schultz, C., Woodman, R., Croft, K., Hodgson, J., Blekkenhorst, L., (2020), The effects of vitamin K-rich green leafy vegetables on bone metabolism: a 4-week randomised controlled trial in middle-aged and older individuals. Bone Reports, 12(June 2020), Article number 100274, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.bonr.2020.100274.
  • Connolly, E., Bondonno, C., Sim, M., Radavelli Bagatini, S., Croft, K., Boyce, M., James, A., Clark, K., Anokye, R., Bondonno, N., Woodman, R., Devine, A., Gan, SK., Schultz, C., Mithen, R., Lewis, J., Hodgson, J., Blekkenhorst, L., (2020), A randomised controlled crossover trial investigating the short-term effects of different types of vegetables on vascular and metabolic function in middle-aged and older adults with mildly elevated blood pressure: the VEgetableS for vaScular hEaLth (VESSEL) study protocol. Nutrition Journal, 19(1), Article number 41, DOI: 10.1186/s12937-020-00559-3.
  • Parmenter, B., Croft, K., Hodgson, J., Dalgaard, F., Bondonno, C., Lewis, J., Cassidy, A., Scalbert, A., Bondonno, N., (2020), An overview and update on the epidemiology of flavonoid intake and cardiovascular disease risk. Food and Function, epub ahead of print(July), 30p., DOI: 10.1039/D0FO01118E.
  • 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, 39(1), 141-150, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.01.004.
  • Bondonno, N., Blekkenhorst, L., Bird, A., Lewis, J., Hodgson, J., Shivappa, N., Hebert, J., Woodman, R., Wong, G., Kerr, D., Lim, W., Prince, R., (2020), Dietary inflammatory index and the aging kidney in older women: a 10‑year prospective cohort study. European Journal of Nutrition, 59(7), 3201-3211, DOI: 10.1007/s00394-019-02160-9.
  • Dalgaard, F., Bondonno, N., Murray, K., Bondonno, C., Lewis, J., Croft, K., Kyro, C., Gislason, G., Scalbert, A., Cassidy, A., Tjonneland, A., Overvad, K., Hodgson, J., (2019), Associations between habitual flavonoid intake and hospital admissions for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: a prospective cohort study. The Lancet Planetary Health, 3(11), 450-459, DOI:
  • 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), Article number 3651, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11622-x.
  • Blekkenhorst, L., Bondonno, N., Liu, A., Ward, N., Prince, R., Lewis, J., Devine, A., Croft, K., Hodgson, J., Bondonno, C., (2018), Nitrate, the oral microbiome, and cardiovascular health: a systematic literature review of human and animal studies. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107(4), 504-522, United States, American Society of Nutrition, DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqx046.
  • Blekkenhorst, L., Lewis, J., Prince, R., Devine, A., Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Wood, L., Puddey, I., Ward, N., Croft, K., Woodman, R., Beilin, L., Hodgson, J., (2018), Nitrate-rich vegetables do not lower blood pressure in individuals with mildly elevated blood pressure: a 4-wk randomized controlled crossover trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107(6), 894-908, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy061.
  • Bondonno, C., Blekkenhorst, L., Liu, AH., Bondonno, N., Ward, NC., Croft, KD., Hodgson, J., (2018), Vegetable-derived bioactive nitrate and cardiovascular health. Molecular Aspects of Medicine, 61(June 2018), 83-91, London, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.mam.2017.08.001.
  • Blekkenhorst, L., Sim, M., Bondonno, C., Bondonno, N., Ward, N., Prince, R., Devine, A., Lewis, J., Hodgson, J., (2018), Cardiovascular Health Benefits of Specific Vegetable Types: A Narrative Review. Nutrients, 10(5), Article no.595, Switzerland, MDPIAG, DOI: 10.3390/nu10050595.
  • Blekkenhorst, L., Bondonno, C., Lewis, J., Woodman, R., Devine, A., Bondonno, N., Lim, W., Zhu, K., Beilin, L., Thompson, P., Prince, R., Hodgson, J., (2018), Cruciferous and Total Vegetable Intakes Are Inversely Associated With Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Older Adult Women. Journal of the American Heart Association, 7(8), Article no.e008391, United States, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc, DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.117.008391.
  • Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Blekkenhorst, L., Considine, M., Maghzal, G., Stocker, R., Woodman, R., Ward, N., Hodgson, J., Croft, K., (2018), Flavonoid-rich apple improves endothelial function in individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 62(3), Article number 1700674, Germany, Wiley-VCH, DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201700674.
  • Bondonno, N., Lewis, J., Blekkenhorst, L., Shivappa, N., Woodman, R., Bondonno, C., Ward, N., Hebert, J., Thompson, P., Prince, R., Hodgson, J., (2017), Dietary inflammatory index in relation to sub-clinical atherosclerosis and atherosclerotic vascular disease mortality in older women. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 117(11), 1577-1586, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114517001520.
  • Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Ward, N., Hodgson, J., Croft, K., (2017), The cardiovascular health benefits of apples: Whole fruit vs. isolated compounds. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 69(April 2017), 243-256, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2017.04.012.
  • Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Rich, L., Mas, E., Shinde, S., Ward, N., Hodgson, J., Croft, K., (2016), Acute effects of quercetin-3-O-glucoside on endothelial function and blood pressure: a randomized dose-response study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 104(1), 97-103, American Society for Nutrition, DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.116.131268.
  • Bakker, JR., Bondonno, N., Gaspari, TA., Kemp-Harper, BK., McCashney, AJ., Hodgson, J., Croft, K., Ward, N., (2016), Low dose dietary nitrate improves endothelial dysfunction and plaque stability in the ApoE−/− mouse fed a high fat diet. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 99(2016), 189-198, Philadelphia, USA, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2016.08.009.
  • Bondonno, N., Lewis, J., Prince, R., Lim, W., Wong, G., Schousboe, J., Woodman, R., Kiel, D., Bondonno, C., Ward, N., Croft, K., Hodgson, J., (2016), Fruit intake and abdominal aortic calcification in elderly women: A prospective cohort study. Nutrients, 8(3), Article no. 159, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/nu8030159.
  • Hodgson, J., Prince, R., Woodman, R., Bondonno, C., Ivey, K., Bondonno, N., Rimm, E., Ward, N., Croft, K., Lewis, J., (2016), Apple intake is inversely associated with all-cause and disease-specific mortality in elderly women. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 115(5), 860-867, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114515005231.
  • Bondonno, N., Bondonno, C., Hodgson, J., Ward, N., Croft, K., (2015), The efficacy of quercetin in cardiovascular health. Current Nutrition Reports, 4(4), 290-303, DOI: 10.1007/s13668-015-0137-3.
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