PROF Frank Dunshea

PROF Frank Dunshea


  • Animal physiology and nutrition
  • Biomedicine and functional foods
  • Understanding the interactions between the animal and the animal's environment



  • Professor Frank Dunshea has had a research career spanning 35 years in farm animal and biomedical research. His area of expertise is in growth physiology and nutrition and understanding the interactions between the animal and the animal’s environment. Professor Dunshea has focused much of his recent research on biomedicine and fuctional foods. Professor Dunshea’s research has an impressive breadth and quality and he has published over 750 journal, conference, book or technical articles. His research has had a high scientific impact. In addition, the results of much of his research have been rapidly adopted by industry. Professor Dunshea has maintained a balanced approach to research, combining fundamental with applied research, providing commercial and public good outcomes.

    Professor Dunshea is a respected research leader in the pork and other animal industries in Australia including the Beef, Dairy and Sheep industries. Professor Dunshea is committed to ensuring that all animal industries operate in a responsible and sustainable manner and much of his work has focussed on improving efficiency through reducing inputs and outputs while maintaining product quality and consumer health. Current projects include looking at how to increase the value of grains, such as barley, wheat and sorghum, for livestock; the production of agricultural products to improve the health and eating experiences of consumers, regulation of growth and development of farm animals, animals as models of metabolic syndrome, animal and human nutrition and the effect of heat stress on health, welfare and productivity of farm animals.

    Innovation has always been integral to Dunshea’s research and because of this he has been able to obtain biomedical research funding to complement his nutritional research. In recognition of this, in 2004 he was awarded the Daniel McAlpine Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation in Agricultural Research for his biom   


Member of

  • British Society of Animal Production. Member 2007 -
  • Farmers Club of England. Member 2007 -
  • Elanco Swine Nutritional Advice Panel. Member 2004 -
  • School of Biological nd Chemical Sciences, Deakin University. Adjunct Professor 2003 -
  • School of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, Murdoch University. Adjunct Professor 2003 -
  • Federal Co-operative Research Centre for Sheep. Associate Scientist 2002 -
  • Asian-Australiasian Society of Animal Production. Ordinary member 1999 -
  • School Council, Glen Devon Primary School. Vice President 1999-2000; President 2001-2007; Ordinary member 2007- 1999 -
  • American Institute of Nutrition. Ordinary member 1993 -
  • Australasian Pig Science Association. Ordinary member 1989-1993,1999-2001;Committee member 1993-1999, 2001-present; President 1995-1997 1989 -
  • American Society of Animal Science. Ordinary member 1988 -
  • The British Nutrition Society. Ordinary member 1988 -
  • Nutrition Society of Australia. Ordinary member 1984-1994, 1996-present; Federal Treasurer 1994-1996 1984 -
  • School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. Honorary Associate 2005 - 2007
  • Faculty of Land and Food Resources. Adjunct Professor 2004 - 2006
  • Faculty of Land and Food Resources, The University of Melbourne. Adjunct Professor 2004 - 2006
  • Federal Co-operative Research Centre for Beef Cattle. Associate scientist 2001 - 2004
  • Faculty of Land and Food Resources, The University of Melbourne. Adjunct Associate Professor 2000 - 2003
  • American Society of Animal Science, Meat Science Award. Member of selection panel 2001
  • B. Sc. re-accreditation for 2002-2006, Deakin University. Member of review panel 2001
  • Biotechnology and Biochemistry Unit, Farrer Centre, Charles Sturt University. Associate Scientist 1998 - 2001
  • American Feed Industry Award, Non-ruminant Nutrition Award. Member of selection panel 2000
  • Federal Co-operative Research Centre for Tissue Growth and Repair. Associate Scientist 1991 - 1998


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1988
  • B.Agri.Sci, La Trobe University 1983

Awards and honors

  • Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, 2016
  • American Society of Animal Science American Feed Industry Non Ruminant Nutrition Award, 2013
  • American Society of Animal Science Growth and Development Award, 2009
  • Minister of Agriculture's prize for Excellence in the Application of the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) in Research and Teaching, Victorian Government, 2007
  • Daniel McAlpine Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation in Agricultural Research (for biomedical and functional foods research), Victorian Government, 2004
  • Inaugural Research Award for Exellence in Nutritonal Research, Nutrition Society of Australia, 1994
  • Biokyowa award for outstanding amino acid research, Biokyowa, 1992
  • Award for outstanding agricultural science graduate, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, 1982
  • Prize for outstanding graduate in animal science, Shell, 1982


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