Dr Bernadine Flanagan

Research Fellow

Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 336 53449


Research Interests

  • Using spectroscopy, particularly NMR, IR and IR microspectroscopy to investigate a range of topics in the area of nutrition and food sciences.
    Crystallinity of starches from different botanical sources Structure and function of non-starch polysaccharides Benefits of soluble dietary fibre and resistant starch in human nutrition Effects of digestion and fermentation on non-starch polysaccharides Molecular analysis of nutrient functionality in tropical fruit


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Netzel, Michael, Bobrich, Anna, Topp, Bruce, Russell, Dougal, Netzel, Gabi, Flanagan, Bernadine, Gidley, Michael and Fanning, Kent (2014). Biofortified produce – Queen Garnet a new high anthocyan plum. In: 38th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Hobart, TAS, Australia, (20-20). 26-28 November 2014. doi:10.1016/j.jnim.2014.10.065

  • Netzel, G., Mikkelsen, D., Flanagan, B., Netzel, M., Gidley, M. J. and Williams, B. A. (2013). Black carrot polyphenols and their effect on plant cell wall fermentability. In: NSA 2013 ASM: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (2013). NSA NSNZ 2013 Joint Annual Scientific Meeting: 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia in conjunction with the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (653-653). 4-6 December, 2013.

  • Hoang, V. L. T., Pierson, J.-T., Curry, M. C., Flanagan, B., Dietzgen, R. G., Gidley, M. J., Roberts-Thomson, S. J., Shaw, P.N. and Monteith, G. R. (2012). Comparison of the bioactivities of peel and flesh extracts of three mango varieties. In: Programmed Abstracts. ComBio 2012, Adealide, Australia, (118-118). 23-27 September 2012.

  • Gidley, M. J., Flanagan, B., Sharpe, K. and Sopade, P. A. (2011). Starch digestion in monogastrics: Mechanisms and opportunities. In: Pierre Cronjé, Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition - Australia. Symposium Proceedings 2011. Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition - Australia (RAAN, 2011), Armidale, NSW, Australia, (207-213). 13-15 July 2011.

  • Mikkelsen, D., Flanagan, B., Dykes, G. and Gidley, M. (2008). Bacterial cellulose composites: Models for primary plant cell walls of cereals and grasses. In: ASM 2008 Melbourne: Program and Abstracts Book. 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the Australian Society For Microbiology. ASM 2008: Annual Scientific Meeting & Exhibition of the Australian Society for Microbiology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (). 6-10 July 2008.

  • Gunness, P., Flanagan, B. M. and Gidley, M. J. (2008). Mechanisms behind the cholesterol-lowering effect of soluble dietary fibres. In: Mark Wahlqvist, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Nutrition Society of Australia 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting: Conference 2008, Stamford Grand Hotel, Adelaide, Australia, (S119-S119). 30 November-3 December 2008.

  • Wilkinson, A. S., Lin, C. N., Flanagan, B., Dietzgen, R., Shaw, P. N., Monteith, G. R., Roberts-Thomson, S. J. and Gidley, M. J. (2008). Nutritional bioactives in tropical fruit. In: Experimental Biology 2008. Experimental Biology 2008: Today's Research: Tomorrow's Health, San Diego, U.S., (). 5-6 April, 2008.

  • Flanagan, B. M. and Gidley, M. (2007). Applications of fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy in cereals. In: Cereals 2007. 57th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, (102-105). 5-10 August 2007.

  • Shrestha, A. K., Htoon, A., Flanagan, B. M., Lopez-Rubio, S., Uthayakumaran, S., Chanvrier, H., Bird, A. R., Gilbert, E. P. and Gidley, M. D. (2007). Effect of processing high-amylose maize starches under controlled conditions on structural organization and amylase digestibility. In: Proceedings of the 14th European Carbohydrate Symposium. 14th European Carbohydrate Symposium, Lubeck, Germany, (148-148). 2-7 September, 2007.

  • Wilkinson, A. S., Lin, C. N., Flanagan, B. M., Dietzgen, R. G., Monteith, G. R., Shaw, P. N., Roberts-Thomson, S. J. and Gidley, M. J. (2007). Effects Of Mango Extracts and Components On Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation. In: 41st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists and 10th Southeast Asian Western Pacific Regional Meeting of Pharmacologists, Adelaide, South Australia, (Poster 3 - 81-Poster 3 - 81). 2-6 December 2007.

  • Flanagan, B. M., Tan, I., Halley, P. J., Whittaker, A. K. and Gidley, M. (2007). New insights into starch molecular conformation from solid state 13C NMR spectroscopy. In: Cereals 2006 Supplement: Proceedings of the 56th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference & Indian Ocean Rim Symposium. 56th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference, Freemantle, (341-344). 10-14 September 2006.

  • Gidley, M, Flanagan, B M, Shrestha, A K, Rubio, A.L., Gilbert,, Htoon,, Chanvrier,, Uthayakumaran,, Lillford, P.J., Xhou, X.K., Bird, A.R. and Topping, D.L. (2006). Digestibility of starches: effects of polymer conformation and food structure. In: M. Wahlqvist, Proceedings of the Nutrition of Society of Australia. Thirtieth Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutr Soc of Aust, Sydney, (S44-S44). 29 November - 2 December 2006.

  • Wilkinson, A, Hewavitharana, A, Flanagan, B M, Dietzgen, R G, Monteith, G R, Shaw, P N, Roberts-Thomson, S J and Gidley, M (2006). Nutritional bioactives in tropical fruit. In: Proceedings of the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress 2006. The 3rd Australian Health & Medical Research Congress, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia, (403-403). 26 November-1 December, 2006.

  • Sutherland, A., Hewavitharana, A., Flanagan, B. M., Monteith, G. R., Shaw, N., Roberts-Thomson, S. J. and Gidley, M. (2005). Development and application of a liposome delivery method to enhance the bioavailability of antioxidants and evaluate cytotoxicity in colon and breast cancer in vitro models. In: M. Wahlqvist, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia (2005) 29th Annual Scientific Meeting. 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of Nutrition Society of Australia, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (S118-S118). 30 November-3 December, 2005.

  • Flanagan, B., Bernhardt, P. V., Luethi, S. and Riley, M. J. (2001). Predicting Ianthanide spectroscopy and applications to energy up-conversion. In: Proceedings of the Australiasian Conference on Optics, Lasers & Spectroscopy. Australiasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy, Brisbane, (33-33). 3-6 December, 2001.

  • Bernhardt, P. V., Flanagan, B. and Riley, M. J. (1999). Rare earth dimers as candidates for upconversion. In: J. Spencer and A. Brodie, Abstracts of IC '99 Joint Meeting of the Inorganic Division of the RACI and Inorganic and Organometallic Specialist Group of the NZ Institute of Chemistry. IC '99, Wellington, NZ, (55). 31 January - 4 February 1999.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision