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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

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

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
2022 Vasiljevic, T., & Bogahawaththa, D. (220315). Advances in dairy protein science: whey proteins In Huppertz, T. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 183-239). Cambridge: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Ltd.

Year Citation
2022 Daniloski, D., McCarthy, N. A., Auldist, M. J., & Vasiljevic, T. (221115). Properties of sodium caseinate as affected by the -casein phenotypes. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 626 (939-950).

doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2022.07.021

2022 Kayihura, J. F., Huppertz, T., & Vasiljevic, T. (221101). Application of small amplitude oscillatory rheology measurements for estimating residual rennet activity in rennet whey. International Dairy Journal, 134

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2022.105451

2022 Daniloski, D., McCarthy, N. A., Gazi, I., & Vasiljevic, T. (221001). Rheological and structural properties of acid-induced milk gels as a function of -casein phenotype. Food Hydrocolloids, 131

doi: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2022.107846

2022 Vingrys, K., Mathai, M., Ashton, J. F., Stojanovska, L., Vasiljevic, T., McAinch, A. J., & Donkor, O. N. (220901). The effect of malting on phenolic compounds and radical scavenging activity in grains and breakfast cereals. Journal of Food Science, 87(9), (4188-4202).

doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.16271

2022 Nedanovska, E., Jakopovic, K. L., Daniloski, D., Vaskoska, R., Vasiljevic, T., & Barukic, I. (220801). Effect of storage time on the microbial, physicochemical and sensory characteristics of ovine whey-based fruit beverages. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 57(8), (5388-5398).

doi: 10.1111/ijfs.15870

2022 Daniloski, D., McCarthy, N. A., & Vasiljevic, T. (220701). Impact of heating on the properties of A1/A1, A1/A2, and A2/A2 -casein milk phenotypes. Food Hydrocolloids, 128

doi: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2022.107604

2022 Daniloski, D., McCarthy, N. A., O'Callaghan, T. F., & Vasiljevic, T. (220601). Authentication of -casein milk phenotypes using FTIR spectroscopy. International Dairy Journal, 129

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2022.105350

2022 Kaur, S., Huppertz, T., & Vasiljevic, T. (220501). Actinidin-induced hydrolysis of milk proteins: Effect on antigenicity. LWT, 161

doi: 10.1016/j.lwt.2022.113294

2022 Bogahawaththa, D., & Vasiljevic, T. (220301). Shear-induced structural changes and denaturation of bovine immunoglobulin G and serum albumin at different temperatures. Food Hydrocolloids, 124

doi: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2021.107283

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.

Plant based cheese
From: AUSTRALIAN PLANT PROTEINS LTD PTY
Other investigators: Dr Muditha Dissanayake
For period: 2022-2022
Not disclosed
UHT treatment of liquid emulsions
From: CERECIN AUSTRALIA
Other investigators: Dr Muditha Dissanayake
For period: 2022-2023
Not disclosed

Manufacturing of slow release whey protein ingredients
From: Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group
Other investigators: Prof Andrew Mcainch, Dr Muditha Dissanayake
For period: 2021-2022
Not disclosed
Cannabinoids infused chocolate
From: Innovation Connections, Little Green Pharma Ltd
Other investigators: Dr Muditha Dissanayake
For period: 2021-2022
$107,898
Heat induced destabilization of milk
From: FrieslandCampina Pty Ltd
For period: 2021-2025
$105,000

Saving the Planet with Plant Based Food: bridging a knowledge gap regarding functionalising pea proteins in dry state.
From: Société des Produits Nestlé
For period: 2020-2022
Not disclosed
Impact of protein-mineral interactions on milk protein stability
From: FrieslandCampina Pty Ltd
Other investigators: Dr Thom Huppertz
For period: 2020-2023
$58,375
Understanding the effects of cow genotype on the composition and quality of milk and dairy products
From: The Walsh Fellowships
For period: 2020-2024
$114,476

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
Physico-chemical and Technological Characterisation and Development of Pea Protein Extract Products Accompanied with By-Product Stream Valorisation
From: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Ward McKenzies Funds, College of Health and Biomedicine
For period: 2018-2019
$152,772

Development of Vegan Burger
From: Stagono Grant
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed
Ultra-high temperature process enhancements and innovation through microparticulation.
From: College of Health and Biomedicine, OMNIBLEND PTY LTD
For period: 2017-2018
$60,934
Utilizing Australian Indigenous fruits for novel physiologically functional beverages.
From: ROBINS FOODS PTY LTD, College of Health and Biomedicine, VU Out-of-Cycle Collaborative Grants Scheme
For period: 2017-2018
$20,492

Diversifying utilisation by value adding to a leguminous crop
From: Ward McKenzies Funds, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, College of Health and Biomedicine
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed
Innovations in food safety and security traceability system: Design and implementation.
From: Ningbo GaoxinQu HengNuo Technology Co., Ltd
Other investigators: Prof Stephen Bigger, Prof Yuan Miao
For period: 2016-2018
$225,000

Supervision of research students at VU

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
2 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (11) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (2) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
12 PhD Principal supervisor
6 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
4 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Not Specified supervisor
1 PhD by Publication Associate supervisor
6 PhD by Publication Principal supervisor
1 Not Specified Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (12) Principal supervisor
PhD (6) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (4) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Not Specified supervisor
PhD by Publication (1) Associate supervisor
PhD by Publication (6) Principal supervisor
Not Specified (1) Principal 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