Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Dairy science and technology
  • Physical chemistry of foods
  • Food biotechnology and engineering

Not available to supervise research students

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About Todor Vasiljevic

Todor has over 30 years of research, consulting and teaching experience in various academic roles working closely with the food industry. After his Bachelor of Engineering with Food Technology Major, he specialised in dairy science, completing his doctorate at the University of Alberta, Canada. In 2003, he joined VU where he was instrumental in establishing a prominent presence of food science.

For the past 16 years, he has been leading the research and teaching entities in the food science programs at Victoria University. Under his leadership, Advanced Food Systems Research Unit has become a benchmark for fundamental and commercial research for the food clusters in rural Australia. The main focus of Todor’s work has been on providing integrated solutions to contemporary issues, mainly in the dairy industry, ensuring innovative processing and contributing to safe and sustainable food supply.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Alberta, Canda
  • BEng, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Gut, A. M., Vasiljevic, T., Yeager, T., & Donkor, O. N. (210701). Kefir characteristics and antibacterial properties - Potential applications in control of enteric bacterial infection. International Dairy Journal, 118

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2021.105021

2021 Kaur, S., Huppertz, T., & Vasiljevic, T. (210701). Milk protein hydrolysis by actinidin: Influence of protein source and hydrolysis conditions. International Dairy Journal, 118

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2021.105029

2021 Daniloski, D., Petkoska, A. T., Lee, N. A., Bekhit, A. ED., Carne, A., Vaskoska, R., & Vasiljevic, T. (210501). Active edible packaging based on milk proteins: A route to carry and deliver nutraceuticals. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 111 (688-705).

doi: 10.1016/j.tifs.2021.03.024

2021 Daniloski, D., Cunha, N. MD., McCarthy, N. A., O'Callaghan, T. F., McParland, S., & Vasiljevic, T. (210501). Health-related outcomes of genetic polymorphism of bovine -casein variants: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 111 (233-248).

doi: 10.1016/j.tifs.2021.02.073

2021 Markoska, T., Huppertz, T., & Vasiljevic, T. (210401). Influence of pH and solids content on heat-induced changes in structural arrangements of proteins in milk. Mljekarstvo, 71(2), (95-102).

doi: 10.15567/mljekarstvo.2021.0202

2021 Bogahawaththa, D., Trajkovska, B., Markoska, T., & Vasiljevic, T. (210301). Effects of pressurized thermal processing on native proteins of raw skim milk and its concentrate. Journal of Dairy Science, 104(3), (2834-2842).

doi: 10.3168/jds.2020-19542

2021 Sharp, E., D'Cunha, N. M., Ranadheera, C. S., Vasiljevic, T., Panagiotakos, D. B., & Naumovski, N. (210301). Effects of lactose-free and low-lactose dairy on symptoms of gastrointestinal health: A systematic review. International Dairy Journal, 114

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2020.104936

2021 Grewal, M. K., Vasiljevic, T., & Huppertz, T. (210101). Influence of calcium and magnesium on the secondary structure in solutions of individual caseins and binary casein mixtures. International Dairy Journal, 112

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2020.104879

2020 Wijayasinghe, R., Bogahawaththa, D., Chandrapala, J., & Vasiljevic, T. (201201). Crystallization behavior and crystal properties of lactose as affected by lactic, citric, or phosphoric acid. Journal of Dairy Science, 103(12), (11050-11061).

doi: 10.3168/jds.2020-18375

2020 Bogahawaththa, D., & Vasiljevic, T. (201101). Denaturation of selected bioactive whey proteins during pasteurization and their ability to modulate milk immunogenicity. Journal of Dairy Research, 87(4), (484-487).

doi: 10.1017/S0022029920000989

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Functionalising Pea Proteins by Microparticulation
From: Société des Produits Nestlé
For period: 2020-2021
Not disclosed

Impact of Smart Vacuum-Sealing Lid on the Shelf Life of Infant Formula
From: Real Technology Australia Pty Ltd
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Development of a dairy fermented drink
From: Arctic Snap Pty Ltd
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed
Controlled Digestion and Absorption of Whey Proteins for Improved Muscular Health
From: Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group
Other investigators: Prof Andrew Mcainch
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
From Fresh to Dry - Developing a Process for Manufacturing a Meringue (Pavlova) from Egg White Powder
From: Country Chef Bakeries Pty Ltd ABN: 83 776 954 731
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed

Development of Vegan Burger
From: Stagono Grant
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Diversifying utilisation by value adding to a leguminous crop
From: Ward McKenzies Funds, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Commonwealth), College of Health and Biomedicine
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Not available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
11 PhD Principal Supervisor supervisor
3 PhD Associate supervisor
3 PhD by Publication Principal Supervisor supervisor
1 PhD by Publication Associate supervisor
5 Masters by Research Principal Supervisor supervisor
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
1 Not Specified Principal Supervisor supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (11) Principal Supervisor supervisor
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
PhD by Publication (3) Principal Supervisor supervisor
PhD by Publication (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (5) Principal Supervisor supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
Not Specified (1) Principal Supervisor supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD by Publication Principal Supervisor supervisor
4 PhD Associate supervisor
15 PhD Principal Supervisor supervisor
1 Masters by Research Withdrawn supervisor
1 Masters by Research Not Specified supervisor
2 Masters by Research Principal Supervisor supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD by Publication (3) Principal Supervisor supervisor
PhD (4) Associate supervisor
PhD (15) Principal Supervisor supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Withdrawn supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Not Specified supervisor
Masters by Research (2) Principal Supervisor supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2014 - Present
Professor
Victoria University
Jan 2010 - Dec 2013
Associate Professor
School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Victoria University
Jan 2006 - Dec 2009
Senior Lecturer
School of Molecular Science, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2014 -
Present
Professor
Victoria University
Jan 2010 -
Dec 2013
Associate Professor
School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Victoria University
Jan 2006 -
Dec 2009
Senior Lecturer
School of Molecular Science, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Victoria University

Awards

Year Award
2019

Teagasc Walsh Fellowship - Teagasc, Ireland

2018

Endeavour Executive Fellowship - Department of Education, Australian Government

2019

Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award Winner, Excellence in Research and Research Training (Research for Staff) - Victoria University

Keynote and invited speeches

Year Title/Description
2019

Tailoring milk protein functionality

Plenary lecture. 15th International Hydrocolloids Conference, 2–5 March 2020, Melbourne, Australia

2019

Protein stability during processing and storage

11th NIZO Dairy Conference, Milk Protein Functionality, 8–11 October 2019, Papendal, The Netherlands

2017

Whey protein ingredients: impact of whey source on processing and functionality

International Whey Conference. 17–20 September 2017, Chicago, USA

2016

High-value protein product opportunities – protein stability in sports drinks

49th Annual AIFST Convention – ‘The Pulse of the Industry’, 27–28 June 2016, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia

2015

Shelf life considerations and its impacts on regulation and standards

Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Conference 2015, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

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Professional memberships

  • Member, Institute of Food Technologists
  • Member, American Dairy Science Association
  • Member, Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Incorporated