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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Lipids and fatty acids
  • Functional foods and nutraceuticals
  • Chronic Disease Management and Prevention

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Xiao Su

Associate Professor Su has a broad academic background in both Australia and China. She has over 20 years' teaching and research experience in Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition and related areas.

The main research focus of Associate Professor Su is on lipids, nutraceuticals and chronic disease. Her primary research interests include lipids and fatty acids, their role and metabolism in foods and body; and impacts of natural products on lifestyle-related disease including obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cancer.

Associate Professor Su has published a number of research papers in the international scientific journals. She has been regularly invited to present her work and chair the international conferences. She is currently an executive member of the Australasian Section of American Oil Chemistry Society (AAOCS) and an editorial board member of Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. She also serves as a reviewer for several international journals.

She has supervised a number of PhD and Honours students as a principal supervisor. She has been awarded a number of national and international industrial research grants and is currently leading several research projects.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • MSc, Academia Sinica, China
  • BSc, Shaanxi Normal University, China

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Su, X., Tanalgo, P., Bustos, M., & Dass, C. R. (180401). The effect of krill oil and N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on human osteosarcoma cell proliferation and migration. Current Drug Targets, 19(5), (479-486).

doi: 10.2174/1389450116666150107152206

2018 Sung, H. H., Sinclair, A. J., Lewandowski, P. A., & Su, X. Q. (180101). Postprandial long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid response to krill oil and fish oil consumption in healthy women: A randomised controlled, single-dose, crossover study. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 27(1), (148-157).

doi: 10.6133/apjcn.092017.03

2017 Shi, M., Ahtesh, F., Mathai, M., McAinch, A. J., & Su, X. Q. (170101). Effects of fermentation conditions on the potential anti-hypertensive peptides released from yogurt fermented by Lactobacillus helveticus and Flavourzyme. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 52(1), (137-145).

doi: 10.1111/ijfs.13253

2016 Jayathilake, A. G., Senior, P. V., & Su, X. Q. (160830). Krill oil extract suppresses cell growth and induces apoptosis of human colorectal cancer cells. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1311-x

2015 Loftus, H. L., Astell, K. J., Mathai, M. L., & Su, X. Q. (151117). Coleus forskohlii extract supplementation in conjunction with a hypocaloric diet reduces the risk factors of metabolic syndrome in overweight and obese subjects: A randomized controlled trial. Nutrients, 7(11), (9508-9522).

doi: 10.3390/nu7115483

2013 Astell, K. J., Mathai, M. L., McAinch, A. J., Stathis, C. G., & Su, X. Q. (130601). A pilot study investigating the effect of Caralluma fimbriata extract on the risk factors of metabolic syndrome in overweight and obese subjects: A randomised controlled clinical trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 21(3), (180-189).

doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.01.004

2012 Mateos, H. T., Lewandowski, P. A., & Su, X. Q. (120415). The effect of replacing dietary fish oil with canola oil on fatty acid composition and expression of desaturase and elongase genes in Jade Tiger hybrid abalone. Food Chemistry, 131(4), (1217-1222).

doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2011.09.107

2012 Mateos, H. T., Lewandowski, P. A., & Su, X. Q. (120130). Effects of dietary fish oil replacement with flaxseed oil on tissue fatty acid composition and expression of desaturase and elongase genes. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 92(2), (418-426).

doi: 10.1002/jsfa.4594

2011 Mateos, H. T., Lewandowski, P. A., & Su, X. Q. (110801). Dietary fish oil supplements increase tissue n-3 fatty acid composition and expression of delta-6 desaturase and elongase-2 in Jade Tiger hybrid abalone. Lipids, 46(8), (741-751).

doi: 10.1007/s11745-011-3565-x

2010 Mateos, H. T., Lewandowski, P. A., & Su, X. Q. (101115). Seasonal variations of total lipid and fatty acid contents in muscle, gonad and digestive glands of farmed Jade Tiger hybrid abalone in Australia. Food Chemistry, 123(2), (436-441).

doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2010.04.062

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.

Extension of Slimaluma Follow-On Trial
From: Gencor Pacific
Investigators: Prof Michael Mathai
For period: 2014-2015
$15,000
Development of a validated assay for measurement of tocotrienols.
From: Gordagen Pharmaceuticals
For period: 2014-2014
$19,000
Investigation of appetite suppressant properties associated with Coleus forskohlii.
From: OLIVE LIFESCIENCES
Investigators: Prof Michael Mathai
For period: 2014-2015
$20,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Associate Professor Xiao Su has taught at the Victoria university for over 20 years. She has designed and developed over 10 subjects, and taught a large range of subjects at various levels across seven undergraduate courses. 

She has incorporated innovative teaching strategies into her teaching including 'hands-on' laboratory experiments, work-integrated learning and blended learning. These strategies have significantly improved learning outcomes and student experience.

Xiao has been the course coordinator of Biomedical Science degree program from 2010 to 2013 and is currently teaching three subjects in block mode including:

She received a Vice-Chancellor's award for excellence in learning and teaching in 2018. 

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jul 2017 - Jul 2019
Deputy Head of Program, Medical Science
Victoria University
Jul 2013 - Dec 2016
Discipline Group Leader
Victoria University
Feb 2011 - Jul 2013
Course Co-ordinator of Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences)
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2017 -
Jul 2019
Deputy Head of Program, Medical Science
Victoria University
Jul 2013 -
Dec 2016
Discipline Group Leader
Victoria University
Feb 2011 -
Jul 2013
Course Co-ordinator of Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences)
Victoria University

Awards

Year Award
2018

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching - Victoria University

2014

Excellence in Research Publication (Level C academic) - College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University

Invited keynote speeches

Year Title/Description
2018

Krill oil extract inhibits proliferation of human colorectal cancer cells through mitochondrial pathway.

20th World congress on Nutrition and Food Sciences, May 14-16, 2018. Tokyo, Japan.

2015

The Therapeutic Potential of Natural Products in the Prevention and Management of Metabolic Disorders

BIT’s 5th Annual World Congress of Endobolism, November 26 – 28, 2015. Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Professional memberships

  • General member, Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Executive Committee Member, Australasian Section of the American Oil Chemistry Society

Media appearances

01st August 2004

Xiao Su (2004) Good fats from Australian seafood. ABC “News in Science”

Oyster gonads are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making them the healthiest part of the oyster, say Australian scientists. The omega-3 fatty acids in the diet seemed to reduce the risk of conditions such heart disease and cancer. Dr Xiao Su and Honours student Hintsa Mateos of Victoria University will present their findings this week at the international congress of clinical Nutrition conference in Brisbane.