Dr Marloes Nitert Dekker

Senior Lecturer

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


  • Licentiate of Medical Science, Linköping University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Lund University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Nitert, Marloes Dekker, Callaway, Leonie K., McIntyre, H. David and Barrett, Helen L. (2017). Biomarkers of metabolic and cardiovascular risk in gestational diabetes. In Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy and Vinood B. Patel (Ed.), Nutrition and diet in maternal diabetes (pp. 147-159) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-56440-1_13

  • McIntyre, H. David, Nitert, Marloes Dekker, Barrett, Helen L. and Callaway, Leonie K. (2017). Obesity and diabetes in pregnancy. In David R. McCance, Michael Maresh and David A. Sacks (Ed.), A practical manual of diabetes in pregnancy 2nd ed. (pp. 87-103) Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119043805.ch7

  • Gomez Arango, Luisa F., Barrett, Helen L., Callaway, Leonie K., McIntyre, H. David and Nitert, Marloes Dekker (2017). Probiotics in the prevention of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). In Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy and Vinood B. Patel (Ed.), Nutrition and diet in maternal diabetes (pp. 275-288) Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-56440-1_22

  • 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. In HollinsMartin, C, VanDenAkker, O, Martin, C and Preedy, VR (Ed.), Handbook of diet and nutrition in the menstrual cycle, periconception and fertility (pp. 327-342) 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. In Helmtrud I. Roach, Felix Bronner and Richard O.C. Oreffo (Ed.), Epigenetic aspects of chronic diseases (pp. 135-145) London, United Kingdom: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-84882-644-1_9

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision