Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Abishek Santhakumar

Dr Abishek Santhakumar

BMedSc, MMedSc, GCTE, FIBMS, MAIMS, PhD

Abishek completed his Doctor of Philosophy at Griffith University in 2014 after pursuing a Masters degree in Medical Laboratory Science at RMIT University. Abishek's research investigates the role of natural dietary antioxidant compounds in reducing the risk factors of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Abishek started his academic career in Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology) at Griffith University in 2011. In 2014, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Haematology in the Pathology discipline at Central Queensland University. Abishek currently is a Lecturer and Researcher in Haematology and Blood banking in the School of Biomedical Sciences. During his research tenure, Abishek has led nationally registered human clinical trials investigating the feasibility and efficacy of natural dietary antioxidant compounds as therapeutic and functional food alternatives in diverse, at-risk populations. He is a Chief Investigator and Discipline Leader (Health) at the ARC ITTC for Functional Grains.

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Research

  • Investigating the effect of cereal and pulse bioactive compounds in modulating risk factors of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity
  • Exploring the preventive role of dietary antioxidant polyphenols on haemostasis and platelet activity in thrombosis during oxidative stress
  • Cereal and pulse polyphenol characterization and antioxidant profiling

Teaching

  • Haematology
  • Advanced Haematology
  • Immunohaematology and Transfusion Science

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Read more on CSU Research Output

Book chapters:

  1. A.B. Santhakumar, V. Gopalan and I. Singh (2018). Virtual Microscopy in Haematology and Histopathology Education: Virtual Microscopy in Science Education. Emerging Technologies and Work-Integrated Learning Experiences in Allied Health Education, 140-152.
  2. A.B. Santhakumar and I. Singh (2017). Antioxidants as Functional Foods in Metabolic Syndrome. Examining the Development, Regulation, and Consumption of Functional Foods, 149.

Journal articles:

  1. E. T. Callcott, K. Thompson, P. Oli, C. L. Blanchard, A. B. Santhakumar (2018). Coloured rice-derived polyphenols reduce lipid peroxidation and pro-inflammatory cytokines ex-vivo. Food and Function. 9 (10), 5169-5175.
  2. E. T. Callcott, C. L. Blanchard, P. Oli, A. B. Santhakumar (2018). Pigmented rice-derived phenolic compounds reduce biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. e1800840.
  3. E. T. Callcott, A. B. Santhakumar, P. Strappe, J. Luo, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Polyphenols from Australian-grown pigmented red and purple rice inhibit adipocyte differentiation. Journal of Cereal Science. 81, 140-146.
  4. S. Rao, K. A. Chinkwo, A.B. Santhakumar, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Inhibitory effects of pulse bioactive compounds on cancer development pathways. Diseases. 6 (3), 72.
  5. S. Rao, A.B. Santhakumar, K. A. Chinkwo, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Q-TOF LC/MS identification and UHPLC-Online ABTS antioxidant activity guided mapping of barley polyphenols. Food Chemistry. 266, 323-328.
  6. S. Rao, A.B. Santhakumar, K. A. Chinkwo, G. Wu, S.K. Johnson, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Characterization of phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity in sorghum grains. Journal of Cereal Science. 84, 103-111.
  7. S. Rao, L. Shwarz, A.B. Santhakumar, K. A. Chinkwo, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Cereal phenolic contents as affected by variety and environment. Cereal Chemistry. 95 (5), 589-602.
  8. S. Rao, A.B. Santhakumar, K. A. Chinkwo, T. Vanniasinkam, J. Luo, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Chemopreventive potential of cereal polyphenols. Nutrition and Cancer. 1-15.
  9. L. Tucakovic, N. Colson, A. B. Santhakumar, A. R. Kundur, M. Shuttleworth, I. Singh (2018). The effects of anthocyanins on body weight and expression of adipocyte’s hormones: Leptin and adiponectin. Journal of Functional Foods. 30 (45), 173-80.
  10. S. Rao, E.T. Callcott, A.B. Santhakumar, K. A. Chinkwo, T. Vanniasinkam, J. Luo, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Profiling polyphenol composition and antioxidant activity in Australian-grown rice using UHPLC / Online-ABTS System. Journal of Cereal Science. 80, 174-179.
  11. E. T. Callcott, A. B. Santhakumar, J. Luo, C. L. Blanchard (2018). Therapeutic potential of rice-derived polyphenols on obesity-related oxidative stress and inflammation. Journal of Applied Biomedicine, 16(4), 255-262.
  12. A.B. Santhakumar, Maurizio Battino, J. M. Alvarez-Suarez (2018). Dietary polyphenols: Structures, bioavailability and protective effects against atherosclerosis. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 113, 49-65.
  13. C. Morias, G. Palmer, A.B. Santhakumar (2018). Pre-analytical errors and patient outcomes in the total testing process. Australian Journal of Medical Science (In press).
  14. K. Thompson, H. Hosking, W. Pederick, I. Singh, A.B. Santhakumar (2017). The effect of anthocyanin supplementation in modulating platelet function in sedentary population: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. British Journal of Nutrition. 118, 368-374.
  15. A.R. Kundur, A.B. Santhakumar, A. C. Bulmer, I. Singh (2017). Mildly elevated unconjugated bilirubin is associated with reduced platelet activation related thrombogenesis and inflammation in Gilbert's syndrome. Platelets. 16, 1-7.

K. Thompson, W. Pederick, I. Singh, A.B. Santhakumar (2017). Anthocyanin supplementation in alleviating thrombogenesis in overweight and obese population: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Journal of Functional Foods. 32, 131-138.

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