Professor David Cameron-Smith


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Associate Director


Professor Cameron-Smith obtained his PhD in nutritional biochemistry from Deakin University, Australia. He undertook postdoctoral training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, investigating endocrine disturbances and lipid metabolism in obesity. Returning to Deakin University, he established a clinical research programme focusing on the dynamic gene and signaling responses to nutrition and exercise.

His appointment to the Chair in Nutrition at The University of Auckland complements the diverse nutritional research interests within the Liggins Institute and adds to the strategic growth of the University’s trans-disciplinary Food and Health Programme.

Research | Current

Understanding how nutrition regulates genes and the biochemical pathways that are essential for optimal human health. Research is directed towards understanding:

  • The importance of nutrition in the maintenance of optimal health in an ageing population.
  • The impact of nutrition in regulating the function of muscles to promote muscle growth and minimize fat gain.
  • Where nutrients go after a meal and how these nutrients control genes and regulate metabolism.

Teaching | Current

Teaching in several papers, including:

  • BIOSCI 358 Nutrition, Diet and Gene Interactions
  • MEDSCI 710 – Nutrition Mechanisms
  • MEDSCI 712 – Critical Evaluation of Nutritional Therapies

Current collaborations

New Zealand - with researchers at Massey University, Plant and Food Research, The National Research Centre for Growth and Development, School of Biological Sciences University of Auckland.

International Collaborations
Australia - with Deakin University, University of South Australia, Edith Cowen University, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University, LaTrobe University, Victoria University (Melbourne), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
Further International collaborations include Wayne State University (USA), McMaster University (Canada) and University of Vienna (Austria).

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Pileggi, C. A., Hedges, C. P., D'Souza RF, Durainayagam, B. R., Markworth, J. F., Hickey, A. J. R., ... Cameron-Smith, D. (2018). Exercise recovery increases skeletal muscle H 2 O 2 emission and mitochondrial respiratory capacity following two-weeks of limb immobilization. Free Radical Biology and Medicine10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2018.06.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Hedges, Randall DSouza, Tony Hickey, Cameron Mitchell
  • Bermingham, E. N., Reis, M. G., Subbaraj, A. K., Cameron-Smith, D., Fraser, K., Jonker, A., & Craigie, C. R. (2018). Distribution of fatty acids and phospholipids in different table cuts and co-products from New Zealand pasture-fed Wagyu-dairy cross beef cattle. Meat science, 140, 26-37. 10.1016/j.meatsci.2018.02.012
  • Mitchell, C. J., D'Souza RF, Schierding, W., Zeng, N., Ramzan, F., O'Sullivan JM, ... Cameron-Smith, D. (2018). Identification of human skeletal muscle miRNA related to strength by high-throughput sequencing. Physiological genomics, 50 (6), 416-424. 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00112.2017
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: William Schierding, Cameron Mitchell, Justin O'Sullivan, Sally Poppitt, Nina Zeng, Randall DSouza
  • Zeng, N., D'Souza RF, Sorrenson, B., Merry, T. L., Barnett, M. P. G., Mitchell, C. J., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2018). The putative leucine sensor Sestrin2 is hyperphosphorylated by acute resistance exercise but not protein ingestion in human skeletal muscle. European journal of applied physiology, 118 (6), 1241-1253. 10.1007/s00421-018-3853-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Mitchell, Nina Zeng, Randall DSouza
  • Figueiredo, V. C., Zeng, N., D'Souza RF, Markworth, J. F., Della Gatta, P. A., Petersen, A., ... Cameron-Smith, D. (2018). High dose of whey protein after resistance exercise promotes 45 S preribosomal RNA synthesis in older men. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 50, 105-107. 10.1016/j.nut.2017.11.018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nina Zeng, Randall DSouza
  • Cabrera, D., Kruger, M., Wolber, F. M., Roy, N. C., Totman, J. J., Henry, C. J., ... Fraser, K. (2018). Association of Plasma Lipids and Polar Metabolites with Low Bone Mineral Density in Singaporean-Chinese Menopausal Women: A Pilot Study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15 (5).10.3390/ijerph15051045
  • Zeng, N., D'Souza RF, Mitchell, C. J., & Cameron-Smith, D. (2018). Sestrins are differentially expressed with age in the skeletal muscle of men: A cross-sectional analysis. Experimental gerontology, 110, 23-34. 10.1016/j.exger.2018.05.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Mitchell, Nina Zeng, Randall DSouza
  • Kalimeri, M., Leek, F., Wang, N. X., Koh, H. R., Roy, N. C., Cameron-Smith, D., ... Totman, J. J. (2018). Association of Insulin Resistance with Bone Strength and Bone Turnover in Menopausal Chinese-Singaporean Women without Diabetes. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15 (5).10.3390/ijerph15050889


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