Professor Eugeni Roura

Professorial Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 336 52526


Professor Eugeni Roura is a nutritionist by background with specific research interests in digestive physiology and chemosensory science. He joined the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2010 as a member of the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, where he leads a research team active in the interface between basic and translational research aiming at industrial and societal applications. The main research interests include gut nutrient sensing mechanisms and appetite modulation (including taste and smell) relevant to humans, pigs and poultry. Recently, the research focus has evolved to include transgenerational nutrition studies including foetal development in pigs and “in ovo” applications in chickens. In 2011 he joined the UQ School of Biomedical Sciences as an Affiliated Lecturer.

Professor Roura graduated with a Veterinary Science degree from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) before pursuing post-graduate studies in Nutrition at the University of California (UC Davis). After finishing a Post-Doctoral position at UC Davis, he started a sixteen-year industry career working for the feed and food industries in R&D and market-focused technical services, culminating as Group Deputy R&D Director of Lucta S.A.

He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and he has been invited as keynote speaker to ca 50 scientific meetings. He is currently serving as a member of the National Committee for Nutrition of the Australian Academy of Sciences, International Steering Committee of the Digestive Physiology of pigs, R&D and Education Committee of the Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd., expert evaluator of 1 international and 2 national research grant programs, and as Editorial Board of two scientific journals ("Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology" and "Animals"). Main past positions include President of the Austral-Asian Chemosensory Society, Vice-Chairperson of the Board Specialty Committee of Mongolian Medicine, Standards Australia FT-022 Committee “Sensory Analysis of Food”, Master of Dietetics Studies Engagement Committee (UQ), AgriFutures Chicken Meat Advisory Panel, and the European Feed Additive Federation (FEFANA) amongst others. In addition, Professor Eugeni Roura has been involved in several national and international conference organizing committees including acting as leading co-Chair of the Digestive Physiology of Pigs 2018.

Research Interests

  • Nutrition and Digestive Physiology in humans and monogastric animals (pigs and poultry)
    The discovery, description, and understanding of the function of nutrient sensing mechanisms present in the gastrointestinal tract from the oral cavity (including taste and smell) to the hindgut. In particular, the involvement of these chemosensory mechanisms on the gut-brain axis modulating digestion, gut health, and appetite. A specific research focus has evolved around transgenerational nutrition studying the early development of the digestive system in pig and chicken embryos including “in ovo” applications.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Nutrition, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Masters (Research) of Nutrition, University of California
  • Licentiate of Veterinary Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


  • Schreuder, J., Niknafs, S., Williams, P., Roura, E., Hoffman, L.C. and Cozzolino, D. (2024). Non-destructive prediction of fertility and sex in chicken eggs using the short wave near-infrared region. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 322 124716, 124716. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2024.124716

  • Ying, Qingfang, Zhan, Shengnan, Yu, Haixia, Li, Jihua, Jia, Ru, Wei, Huamao, Roura, Eugeni, Tan, Xinle, Qiao, Zhaohui and Huang, Tao (2024). Gelatin based preservation technologies on the quality of food: a comprehensive review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2024.2361298

  • Truby, Helen, Allman‐Farinelli, Margaret, Beck, Eleanor J., Beckett, Emma L., Bondonno, Catherine, Dordevic, Aimee L., Livingstone, Katherine M., Willcox, Jane, Wilkinson, Shelley A., the National Committee for Nutrition and its working groups, Hwang, Liang-Dar, McNaughton, Sarah, Padayachee, Anneline, Roura, Eugeni, Gidley, Mike and Canfell, Oliver (2024). Advancing the decadal plan for the science of nutrition: progressing a framework for implementation. Nutrition and Dietetics, 81 (2), 133-148. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12876

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  • Torrallardona, David and Roura, Eugeni (2009). Voluntary feed intake in pigs. Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3921/978-90-8686-689-2

Book Chapter

  • Roura, Eugeni, Müller, Maximiliano, Campbell, Roger G., Ryoo, Michael and Navarro, Marta (2022). Digestive physiology and nutrition of swine. Sustainable Swine Nutrition. (pp. 3-36) Hoboken, NJ United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119583998.ch1

  • Roura, Eugeni (2019). Dietary fibre, gut sensing and modulation of feed intake in pigs and chickens. The value of fibre: Engaging the second brain for animal nutrition. (pp. 141-156) edited by Gonzalez-Ortiz, G., Bedford, M. R., Knudsen, K. E. B., Courtin, C. M. and Classen, H. L.. Wageningen, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers . doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-893-3_8

  • Roura, Eugeni and Tedó, G. (2009). Feed appetence in pigs: An oronasal sensing perspective. Voluntary Feed Intake in Pigs. (pp. 105-140) Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3921/978-90-8686-689-2

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

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Completed Supervision