Dr Deirdre Mikkelsen

Lecturer in Food Sciences

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 334 69642


Dr Deirdre Mikkelsen is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, QAAFI, UQ. Her current topics of research include : i) investigating the fermentability of cell wall components as potential prebiotics; ii) developing molecular microbiology techniques to investigate gut microbe-dietary fibre interactions; and iii) investigating the breakdown of model plant cell wall components using molecular microbiology techniques and stable isotope tools.

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Deirdre is co-author of over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters. She received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Queensland in 2005, then worked at the Advanced Water Management Centre (UQ), until moving to the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences in 2006. As a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology, Deirdre has been the Treasurer for the Queensland branch since 2009.


  • PhD, The University of Queensland


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