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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
2020 Bogahawaththa, D., & Vasiljevic, T. (200601). Shearing accelerates denaturation of -lactoglobulin and -lactalbumin in skim milk during heating. International Dairy Journal, 105

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2020.104674

2020 Faisal, M., Dargahi, N., Vasiljevic, T., & Donkor, O. N. (200201). Immunomodulatory properties of selectively processed prawn protein fractions assessed using human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 55(2), (795-804).

doi: 10.1111/ijfs.14331

2019 Bogahawaththa, D., Chau, N. HB., Trivedi, J., Dissanayake, M., & Vasiljevic, T. (191101). Impact of controlled shearing on solubility and heat stability of pea protein isolate dispersed in solutions with adjusted ionic strength. Food Research International, 125

doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2019.108522

2019 Faisal, M., Buckow, R., Vasiljevic, T., & Donkor, O. N. (191001). Effect of simulated digestion on antigenicity of banana prawn (Fenneropenaeus merguiensis)after high pressure processing at different temperatures. Food Control, 104 (187-192).

doi: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2019.04.044

2019 Wijayasinghe, R., Bogahawaththa, D., Huppertz, T., Chandrapala, J., & Vasiljevic, T. (190930). Influence of lactic, citric and phosphoric acids on the properties of concentrated lactose solutions. Food Chemistry, 293 (247-253).

doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2019.04.065

2019 Ranadheera, C. S., Liyanaarachchi, W. S., Dissanayake, M., Chandrapala, J., Huppertz, T., & Vasiljevic, T. (190701). Impact of shear and pH on properties of casein micelles in milk protein concentrate. LWT, 108 (370-376).

doi: 10.1016/j.lwt.2019.03.090

2019 Gut, A. M., Vasiljevic, T., Yeager, T., & Donkor, O. N. (190701). Characterization of yeasts isolated from traditional kefir grains for potential probiotic properties. Journal of Functional Foods, 58 (56-66).

doi: 10.1016/j.jff.2019.04.046

2019 Faisal, M., Vasiljevic, T., & Donkor, O. N. (190701). A review on methodologies for extraction, identification and quantification of allergenic proteins in prawns. Food Research International, 121 (307-318).

doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2019.03.040

2019 Bogahawaththa, D., Chandrapala, J., & Vasiljevic, T. (190401). Thermal denaturation of bovine -lactoglobulin in different protein mixtures in relation to antigenicity. International Dairy Journal, 91 (89-97).

doi: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2018.10.004

2019 Bogahawaththa, D., Bao, Chau., Trivedi, J., Dissanayake, M., & Vasiljevic, T. (190301). Impact of selected process parameters on solubility and heat stability of pea protein isolate. LWT, 102 (246-253).

doi: 10.1016/j.lwt.2018.12.034

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.

Impact of protein-mineral interactions on milk protein stability
From: FrieslandCampina Pty Ltd
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
$88,000

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
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: Ward McKenzies Funds, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Commonwealth)
For period: 2018-2019
$114,758

Development of Vegan Burger
From: Stagono Grant
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed
Ultra-high temperature process enhancements and innovation through microparticulation.
From: OMNIBLEND PTY LTD
For period: 2017-2018
$49,950
Utilizing Australian Indigenous fruits for novel physiologically functional beverages.
From: ROBINS FOODS PTY LTD
For period: 2017-2018
$5,000

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

Towards zero discharge dairy facilities.
From: Dairy Innovation Australia Limited
Investigators: Dr Mikel Duke, Prof Stephen Gray, Dr Osaana Donkor
For period: 2013-2017
$122,250

Innovative Zero-energy Membrane Technologies to Reduce Water Consumption in the Dairy Industry
From: ARC - Linkage, Dairy Innovation Australia Limited
Investigators: Dr Peter Sanciolo, Dr Mikel Duke
For period: 2009-2015
$156,201

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
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
3 PhD Associate supervisor
11 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
PhD (11) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Not Specified supervisor
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
16 PhD Principal supervisor
4 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (3) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Not Specified supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (16) Principal supervisor
PhD (4) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2014 - Nov 2019
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 -
Nov 2019
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