Professor Eugeni Roura

Professorial Research Fellow

Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
e.roura@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52526

Overview

Eugeni Roura is an enthusiastic nutritional chemosensing scientist. After obtaining a degree in Veterinary Sciences (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona -UAB-) he focused his interest in digestive physiology and nutrition (PhD in Nutrition –Univ. of California and UAB-). He joined the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2010 as a member of the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, where he leads a research team with the main interest related to mechanisms involved in sensing dietary nutrients and their involvement in appetite modulation and food/feed intake in humans, pigs and poultry. In 2011 he joined the UQ School of Biomedical Sciences as an Affiliated Senior Lecturer and in 2017 he was appointed as Foreign Professor of the Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities (China). He has authored over 60 refereed papers, has been guest speaker to over 40 scientific conferences and presented more than 100 university and industry seminars. He is currently serving as expert evaluator of 2 national research grant programs, past-president of the Australasian Association for Chemo Sensory Science, member of the Standards Australia Committee FT-022 (Sensory Analysis of Food), R&D and Education Committee member of the Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd, Vice-Chairperson of the Board Specialty Committee of Mongolian Medicine, and Member of the International Steering Committee of the Digestive Physiology of Pigs. In addition, Eugeni has been involved in several international conference organizing committees. In particular, he was the co-Chair of the Digestive Physiology of Pigs 2018. Prior to joining UQ, he worked for the food and feed industries in R&D and Technical Executive Management in a market-focused, highly competitive global environment.

Research Interests

  • Nutritional chemosensing: the taste system in non-taste tissues and its role in the hunger-satiety cycle across species.
    My research activities address nutritional concerns that are relevant to public paradigms such as food intake (and obesity) with a focus on the role of chemosensing mechanisms (primarily smell and taste). While the Australian research community is host to several world class sensory science groups, my research group advances towards uncovering food-related chemosensing mechanisms at a molecular level, an area that has remained relatively unexplored to date in Australia. Our research group benefits from the new facilities provided by The University of Queensland. Since my arrival at UQ in 2010, I have put together a cell and molecular biology lab designed to run taste/smell receptor research. In addition to humans, our group works across several animal species particularly pigs and chickens with a high degree of interaction with the primary industries related to these two farm animals. However, it has become an important aspect of our research program in nutritional chemosensing the value of the pig as an animal model for humans.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosphy, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Master of Science, University of California
  • Doctor in Veterinary Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Publications

  • Navarro, Marta, Dunshea, Frank R., Lisle, Allan and Roura, Eugeni (2021). Feeding a high oleic acid (C18:1) diet improves pleasing flavor attributes in pork. Food Chemistry, 357 129770, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2021.129770

  • Snow, Val, Rodriguez, Daniel, Dynes, Robyn, Kaye-Blake, William, Mallawaarachchi, Thilak, Zydenbos, Sue, Cong, Lei, Obadovic, Irena, Agnew, Rob, Amery, Nicole, Bell, Lindsay, Benson, Cristy, Clinton, Peter, Dreccer, M. Fernanda, Dunningham, Andrew, Gleeson, Madeleine, Harrison, Matthew, Hayward, Alice, Holzworth, Dean, Johnstone, Paul, Meinke, Holger, Mitter, Neena, Mugera, Amin, Pannell, David, Silva, Luis F.P., Roura, Eugeni, Siddharth, Prince, Siddique, Kadambot H.M. and Stevens, David (2021). Resilience achieved via multiple compensating subsystems: The immediate impacts of COVID-19 control measures on the agri-food systems of Australia and New Zealand. Agricultural Systems, 187 103025, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.agsy.2020.103025

  • Gerkin, Richard C, Ohla, Kathrin, Veldhuizen, Maria G, Joseph, Paule V, Kelly, Christine E, Bakke, Alyssa J, Steele, Kimberley E, Farruggia, Michael C, Pellegrino, Robert, Pepino, Marta Y, Bouysset, Cédric, Soler, Graciela M, Pereda-Loth, Veronica, Dibattista, Michele, Cooper, Keiland W, Croijmans, Ilja, Di Pizio, Antonella, Ozdener, Mehmet Hakan, Fjaeldstad, Alexander W, Lin, Cailu, Sandell, Mari A, Singh, Preet B, Brindha, V Evelyn, Olsson, Shannon B, Saraiva, Luis R, Ahuja, Gaurav, Alwashahi, Mohammed K, Bhutani, Surabhi, D'Errico, Anna ... Navarro, Marta (2021). Recent smell loss is the best predictor of COVID-19 among individuals with recent respiratory symptoms. Chemical Senses, 46. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjaa081

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Torrallardona, David and Roura, Eugeni (2009). Voluntary feed intake in pigs. Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3921/978-90-8686-689-2

Book Chapter

  • Roura, E. (2019). Dietary fibre, gut sensing and modulation of feed intake in pigs and chickens. In Gonzalez-Ortiz, G., Bedford, M. R., Knudsen, K. E. B., Courtin, C. M. and Classen, H. L. (Ed.), The value of fibre: Engaging the second brain for animal nutrition (pp. 141-156) Wageningen, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers . doi:10.3920/978-90-8686-893-3_8

  • Roura, Eugeni and Tedó, G. (2009). Feed appetence in pigs: An oronasal sensing perspective. Voluntary Feed Intake in Pigs. (pp. 105-140) Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3921/978-90-8686-689-2

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision