Dr Saleha Akter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Research Interests

  • Research Interests
    Dr Saleha Akter is a Post-doctoral Research fellow in the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences at Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. Her research passion for Native Australian foods lies in understanding the nutritional, bioactive and antinutritional properties and assessing their safety. She has expertise on using in-vitro simulated gastrointestinal digestion models and cell culture techniques using in vitro mammalian cell models to evaluate the in vitro absorption and bioactivities of phytochemicals. She is passionate about understanding the biotransformation of phytochemicals and nutrients inside the body. Her latest research works involve in vitro digestion, microbial degradation, bioaccessibility, in vitro absorption using cell culture techniques and bioavailability of bioactive and nutrient dense functional food ingredients and phytochemicals from Native Australian foods. Her future research endeavours are exploring the enzymatic and microbial degradation mechanisms of the bioactive phytochemicals and their metabolites and identification and characterization of the gut microbiota in health promotion and disease prevention.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


View all Publications


Book Chapter

  • Akter, Saleha, Thi Phan, Anh Dao, Netzel, Michael and Sultanbawa, Yasmina (2022). Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana). Handbook of Phytonutrients in Indigenous Fruits and Vegetables. (pp. 189-203) London, United Kingdom: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781789248067.0012

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)