Dr Elham Assadi Soumeh

Senior Lecturer

School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 308


Dr Elham Assadi Soumeh is a senior lecturer in Animal Science and Production within the School of Agriculture and Food Science. Her background is in monogastric animal nutrition -poultry and swine. Her PhD research was about branched-chain amino acids requirements and metabolism in pig post weaning and characterization of metabolic profile of high performing pigs when were fed with optimum dietary branched-chain amino acid levels. After conducting her PhD in Aarhus University in Denmark and prior to joining UQ, Dr Soumeh worked as a senior scientist in animal feed industry (Cargill BV, Netherlands) for 2 years, where she managed different customer-focused research portfolios within the area of monogastric animal nutrition and production e.g. nutrient requirements and metabolism, gut health, nutritional strategies and management. Dr Soumeh has completed a BSc in Animal Science, MSc in Animal Nutrition and a PhD in Animal Nutrition and Physiology. The scientific outcomes have been published in high-impact journals and/or presented in conferences and symposiums around the world.

Research Interests

  • Gut microbiome and host animal's metaolism
    Understanding the cross-talks between gut microbiota and the host animal's metabolism.

Research Impacts

Industry Engagement and Current Collaborative Research:

Alternative ingredients to replace soybean meal in poultry feed Metex Noovistago & UQ:

  • Local alternative protein-rich ingredients to replace soybean meal fully or partially in chicken feed

Black Soldier Fly Larvae as a protein feed ingredient in broiler chicken nutrition

  • Amino acids ileal digestibility, AMEn, fat digestibility and nutritive value of Full-fat BSFL produced from food waste streams for meat chickens

Industry funded project by Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Europe SAS:

  • Amino acids interventions to reduce the consequences of heat stress in broiler chicken

Industry funded project by Bioproton Pty Ltd:

  • Effects of new bacillus strain probiotics and natural biosurfactants on broiler chickens production
  • The efficiency of probiotics with or without prebiotics in antibiotic-free poultry production system, mode of actions, and growth performance
  • Effects of Multi-enzyme super-dosing on reduced-energy diets on broiler chicken growth performance and gut health


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Aarhus University
  • Masters (Coursework), Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
  • Bachelor, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • An Honours projet is availabe to start in 2024. For further information please contact Dr Ellie Soumeh


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • An Honours projet is availabe to start in 2024. For further information please contact Dr Ellie Soumeh