Associate Professor Marloes Nitert Dekker

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 54633


Dr Marloes Dekker Nitert is an Associate Professor 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 School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences studying the role of metabolism in pregnancy complications and especially how the gut microbiome contributes to a healthy pregnancy and to pregnancy complications. Marloes works closely together with clinician-scientists and clinicians at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Mater Mothers' Hospital to do her translational research. Marloes is a board member of the Australian Society for Medical Research and a past Council member of the Society of Obstetric Medicine Australia and New Zealand.

Research Interests

  • Microbiome in pregnancy
  • Complications of pregnancy


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Medical Sciences, Lund University
  • Licentiate of Medical Sciences, Linköping University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2022) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Dekker Nitert, Marloes, Siow, Sue Maye and Holland, Olivia (2021). Maternal overnutrition and mitochondrial function. Molecular Nutrition: Mother and Infant. (pp. 265-296) edited by Manlio Vinciguerra and Paul Cordero Sanchez. London, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813862-5.00011-6

  • McIntyre, H. David, Dekker, Marloes, Barrett, Helen L. and Callaway, Leonie K. (2020). Obesity in pregnancy: epidemiology, mechanisms, nutritional and metabolic management. Gestational Diabetes: A Decade after the HAPO Study. (pp. 21-34) edited by Annunziata Lapolla and Boyd E. Metzger. Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger. doi: 10.1159/000480163

  • McIntyre, Harold David, Dekker-Nitert, Marloes, Barrett, Helen Lorraine Graham and Callaway, Leonie Kaye (2018). Gestational diabetes mellitus, obesity, and pregnancy outcomes. Textbook of Diabetes and Pregnancy. (pp. 246-252) Boca Raton, FL United States: CRC Press.

  • Nitert, Marloes Dekker, Callaway, Leonie K., McIntyre, H. David and Barrett, Helen L. (2018). Biomarkers of metabolic and cardiovascular risk in gestational diabetes. Nutrition and diet in maternal diabetes: an evidence-based approach. (pp. 147-159) edited by Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy and Vinood B. Patel. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-56440-1_13

  • Gomez Arango, Luisa F., Barrett, Helen L., Callaway, Leonie K., McIntyre, H. David and Nitert, Marloes Dekker (2018). Probiotics in the prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Nutrition and diet in maternal diabetes: an evidence-based approach. (pp. 275-288) edited by Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R. Preedy and Vinood B. Patel. Cham, Switzerland: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-56440-1_22

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

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

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