Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Abishek Santhakumar

Dr Abishek Santhakumar

BMedSc, MMSc, GCTE, PhD

Abishek completed his Doctor of Philosophy at Griffith University 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 at CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences. During his research tenure, Abishek has led nationally registered human clinical trials investigating the feasibility and efficacy of natural antioxidant compounds as therapeutic alternatives in diverse pro-thrombotic populations. His research focus is strongly aligned to the objectives of the ARC ITTC Functional Grains Centre.

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Research

  • To evaluate the anti-diabetic, anti-obesity and cardio-protective properties of polyphenols present in grains and pulses
  • Antiplatelet therapy versus dietary antioxidants in metabolic syndrome
  • To investigate the mechanisms involved in platelet activity under oxidative stress
  • To evaluate the effect of diet and life-style on platelet function

Teaching

  • Haematology
  • Advanced Haematology
  • Immunohaematology and Transfusion Science

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Book chapter:

  • Santhakumar AB and Singh I (2016) Antioxidants as Functional Foods in Metabolic Syndrome. Examining the Development, Regulation, and Consumption of Functional Foods, 149.

Journal articles:

  • Kundur AR, Santhakumar AB, Bulmer AC and Singh I (2017). Mildly elevated unconjugated bilirubin is associated with reduced platelet activation related thrombogenesis and inflammation in Gilbert's syndrome. Platelets (In press).
  • Thompson K, Pederick W, Singh I and Santhakumar AB (2017). Anthocyanin supplementation in alleviating thrombogenesis in overweight and obese population: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Journal of Functional Foods. (In press).
  • Veach D, Hosking H, Thompson K and Santhakumar AB (2016). Antiplatelet and anti-thrombogenic effects of shikimic acid in sedentary population. Food and Function. 7 (8), 3609-3616.
  • Thompson K, Pederick W and Santhakumar AB (2016). Anthocyanins in obesity associated thrombogenesis: a review of the potential mechanism of action. Food and Function. 7 (5), 2169-2178.
  • Naug H, Singh I, Kundur AR, Santhakumar AB, Tucakovic L, Roberts M and Colson N (2016). Occupational Health and Metabolic Risk Factors: A pilot intervention for transport workers. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health. 29 (4), 573-584.
  • Santhakumar AB, Kundur AR, Sabapathy S, Stanley R and Singh I (2015). The potential of anthocyanin-rich Queen-Garnet plum juice in alleviating thrombotic risk under induced oxidative stress conditions. Journal of Functional Foods. 14, 747-757.
  • Santhakumar AB, Kundur AR, Fanning K, Netzel M, Stanley R and Singh I (2015). Consumption of anthocyanin-rich Queen Garnet plum juice reduces platelet activation related thrombogenesis in healthy volunteers. Journal of Functional Foods. 12, 11-22.
  • Santhakumar AB, Stanley R and Singh I (2015). The ex-vivo antiplatelet activation potential of fruit phenolic metabolite hippuric acid. Food and Function, 6 (8), 2679-2683.
  • Santhakumar AB, Bulmer AC and Singh I (2014). A review of the mechanisms and effectiveness of dietary polyphenols in reducing oxidative stress and thrombotic risk. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 27 (1), 1-21.

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