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Dr Marie Bhanugopan is an Associate Professor in Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology at the School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University. Marie joined the School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, CSU in September 2008.

Her research interests include  physiology particularly energy and mineral interactions, peri-parturient disorders and their impact on production and reproduction . Her special interest includes calcium homeostasis and role of minerals and vitamins in immunity and bone health in sheep, cattle and poultry. Her major research interests are in animal nutrition, physiology and their impact on production and reproduction in sheep, cattle, pig and poultry. Her special interest includes calcium homeostasis and role of minerals and vitamins in immunity and bone health in sheep, cattle, and poultry. Marie has been successful in securing external grants as both principal and co- investigator from within Charles sturt and external industry funding from DSM nutritional, Meat & Livestock Australia, and Australian Wool Innovation Australia.

Marie has developed and is interested  in the development of online interactive tools to teach anatomy and physiology to animal and veterinary science students. She has developed resources for anatomy teaching under the Pacific Paravet training project aimed at improving animal health capacity. Marie is the subject coordinator for Veterinary Physiology and teaches Anatomy and Physiology to Animal science and Veterinary science graduates and was the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary science Honours coordinator from 2012 to 2019.

Research Interests

  • Role of Minerals and Vitamins on immunity, production and reproduction
  • Metabolic disorders and embryonic mortality in sheep and dairy cows
  • Supplementation of late pregnant and lactating ewes grazing dual purpose wheat
  • Investigating the role of Vitamin D in fetal programming of bone development: defining early roles using an in vivo and in vitro model of fetal osteogenesis
  • Assessing bone health on mineral and energy metabolism during growth, pregnancy and lactation


  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Professional Information

  • Regular member of the American Physiological Society
  • Member of the Australian Society of Animal Production


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate certificate of University Learning & Teaching in Higher education, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 15 Dec 2011

Veterinary Science, Doctor of Philosphy, PhD, University of Sydney

Award Date: 15 Dec 2006

Veterinary Science, Master of Veterinary Science, Nutritive evaluation of carcass meal for growth and carcass traits in Large White Yorkshire Pigs., Kerala Agricultural University


Award Date: 01 Oct 1998

Veterinary science, Bachelor of Veterinary science, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

Award Date: 15 Dec 1996


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