Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Marie Bhanugopan

Dr Marie Bhanugopan

BVSc , MVSc (India), PhD(USyd), GCULT (CSturtU)

Marie joined the School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, CSU in September 2008. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her PhD focused on "Improving bone health to optimise Calcium metabolism in the dairy cow to minimize the risk of milk fever".

Her research interests include ruminant physiology particularly energy and mineral interactions, peri-parturient disorders and their impact on production and reproduction in sheep and cattle. Her special interest includes calcium homeostasis and role of minerals and vitamins in immunity and bone health in sheep, cattle and poultry. Marie has been successful in securing external grants as both principal and co- investigator from DSM nutritional, Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation grants.

Marie is the subject coordinator for Veterinary Physiology and teaches Anatomy and Physiology to Animal science and Veterinary science graduates and was the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary science Honours coordinator from 2012 to 2019.

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Current research

  • Role of Minerals and Vitamins on immunity, production and reproduction
  • Metabolic disorders and embryonic mortality in sheep and dairy cows
  • Supplementation of late pregnant and lactating ewes grazing dual purpose wheat
  • Investigating the role of Vitamin D in fetal programming of bone development: defining early roles using an in vivo and in vitro model of fetal osteogenesis
  • Assessing bone health on mineral and energy metabolism during growth, pregnancy and lactation

Teaching

Veterinary Anatomy

Veterinary Physiology

Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Marie has been actively involved in the supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students.

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  • Role of Calcium and Vitamin D in bone health and immunity
  • Mineral disorders in sheep, cattle and poultry
  • Peri-parturient diseases in dairy cows

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Read more on Charles Sturt Research Output

  • Ataollahi F, Friend M, McGrath S, Dutton G, Peters A, Bhanugopan MS (2018) Effect of calcium and magnesium supplementation on minerals profile, immune responses, and energy profile of ewes and their lambs. Livestock Science 217, 167-173.ISSN 1871-1413, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2018.10.001.
  • Masters DG, Hancock S, Refshauge G, Robertson SM., McGrath S, Bhanugopan MS, Friend M A., Thompson AN (2018) Mineral supplements improve the calcium status of pregnant ewes grazing vegetative cereals. Animal Production Science 59, 1299-1309. https://doi.org/10.1071/AN17403
  • Hocking Edwards JE., Masters DG., Winslow E, Hancock S, Thompson AN., Refshauge G, McGrath SR., Robertson SM., Bhanugopan MS., Friend MA. (2018) Calcium and magnesium status of pregnant ewes grazing southern Australian pastures. Animal Production Science 58, 1515-1521.https://doi.org/10.1071/AN17766
  • Masters D G., Hancock S, Refshauge G, Robertson S, Bhanugopan MS, Friend M, Thompson AN. (2017) Mineral status of reproducing ewes grazing vegetative cereal crops. Animal Production Science 58, 2049-2060.https://doi.org/10.1071/AN16530
  • Bhanugopan MS, Fulkerson, WJ, Hyde M and Fraser DR (2015). Effect of dietary potassium supplementation on the calcium absorption capacity in the rumen and abomasum and fractional excretion of urinary minerals in sheep. Animal Production Science 55(4) 508-514 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN12366
  • Pye JL, Doyle RE, Friend MA, Bhanugopan MS (2014) Effect of dietary magnesium supplementation in alleviating stress associated with road transportation in weaned lambs. Animal Production Science 55, 219-224.https://doi.org/10.1071/AN14288
  • Pande VV, Chousalkar KC, Bhanugopan MS, Quinn JC (2015) Super pharmacological levels of calcitriol (1,25-(OH)2D3) inhibits mineral deposition and decreases cell proliferation in a strain dependent manner in chicken mesenchymal stem cells undergoing osteogenic differentiation in vitroPoultry Science, 94, 11, 2784–2796. https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pev284
  • Bhanugopan MS and Lievaart JJ (2014) Survey on the occurrence of milk fever in dairy cows and the current preventive strategies adopted by farmers in the New South Wales region, Australia. Australian Veterinary Journal, 92 (6) 200-205. doi: 10.1111/avj.12183 (1 citation)
  • Quagiotto P, Tran H and Bhanugopan MS (2014) Vitamin D Deficiency Remains Prevalent Despite Increased Laboratory Testing in North-Eastern New South Wales, Australia. Singapore Medical Journal 55 (5): 271-280.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11622/smedj.2014071
  • Bhanugopan MS, Fulkerson WJ, Fraser DR, Hyde M and McNeill DM (2010). Carryover effects of potassium supplementation on calcium homeostasis in dairy cows at parturition. Journal of Dairy Science 93, 2119-2129.
  • Bhanugopan MS , Rankin A, Fraser DR, Hyde M, McNeill DM (2004), "Improving bone health to optimise calcium metabolism in the dairy cow", In Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 13 (Suppl) S54. ( Oral presentation)

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