Associate Professor Marloes Nitert Dekker

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 54633


Dr Marloes Dekker Nitert is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Marloes is a biomedical researcher with a PhD from Lund University in Sweden. Her research focuses on the role of metabolism in complications of pregnancy. She currently heads a laboratory research group at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research studying the role of the gut microbiome in pregnancy, the role of food additives on placental function and placental gene expression and epigenetic markers in pregnancy complications. Marloes works closely together with clinician-scientists and clinicians at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She is part of the SPRING RCT team which assesses if probiotics can prevent gestational diabetes mellitus in overweight and obese women. Marloes is a scientific representative on the SOMANZ council.

Research Interests

  • Microbiome in pregnancy
  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Epigenetic programming in pregnancy


  • Postgraduate Certificate, University of London
  • Licentiate of Medical Science, Linköping University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Lund University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2022) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Dekker Nitert, Marloes, Siow, Sue Maye and Holland, Olivia (2021). Maternal overnutrition and mitochondrial function. Molecular Nutrition: Mother and Infant. (pp. 265-296) edited by Manlio Vinciguerra and Paul Cordero Sanchez. London, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813862-5.00011-6

  • McIntyre, H. David, Dekker, Marloes, Barrett, Helen L. and Callaway, Leonie K. (2020). Obesity in pregnancy: epidemiology, mechanisms, nutritional and metabolic management. Gestational Diabetes: A Decade after the HAPO Study. (pp. 21-34) edited by Annunziata Lapolla and Boyd E. Metzger. Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger. doi: 10.1159/000480163

  • Nitert, Marloes Dekker, Callaway, Leonie K., McIntyre, H. David and Barrett, Helen L. (2018). Biomarkers of metabolic and cardiovascular risk in gestational diabetes. Nutrition and diet in maternal diabetes: an evidence-based approach. (pp. 147-159) edited by Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy and Vinood B. Patel. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-56440-1_13

  • Gomez Arango, Luisa F., Barrett, Helen L., Callaway, Leonie K., McIntyre, H. David and Nitert, Marloes Dekker (2018). Probiotics in the prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Nutrition and diet in maternal diabetes: an evidence-based approach. (pp. 275-288) edited by Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy and Vinood B. Patel. Cham, Switzerland: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-56440-1_22

  • McIntyre, H. David, Nitert, Marloes Dekker, Barrett, Helen L. and Callaway, Leonie K. (2017). Obesity and diabetes in pregnancy. A practical manual of diabetes in pregnancy. (pp. 87-103) edited by David R. McCance, Michael Maresh and David A. Sacks. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119043805.ch7

  • Dekker Nitert, M., Barrett, H. L., de Jersey, S., Matusiak, K., McIntyre, H. D. and Callaway, L. K. (2014). Preconception care and barriers to addressing overweight and obesity: a focus on weight loss advice and weight loss strategies. Handbook of diet and nutrition in the menstrual cycle, periconception and fertility. (pp. 327-342) edited by HollinsMartin, C, VanDenAkker, O, Martin, C and Preedy, VR. Wageningen, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-767-7.020

  • Ling, Charlotte, Ronn, Tina and Nitert, Marloes Dekker (2011). Epigenetics and type 2 diabetes. Epigenetic aspects of chronic diseases. (pp. 135-145) edited by Helmtrud I. Roach, Felix Bronner and Richard O.C. Oreffo. London, United Kingdom: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-84882-644-1_9

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