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Dr. Mani Naiker

BAppSci (Hons), PhD, GCTT, CertMgt, ASVO, MRACI (CChem)
Senior Lecturer - Chemistry
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Institute for Future Farming Systems, Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research
Rockhampton North
Building 361 - Room 1.12
630Ibis Avenue, North Rockhampton Qld 4702
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About Me

After completing my Bachelor of Applied Science (honors) from the University of Western Sydney, I embarked on my PhD studies at Charles Sturt University in collaboration with the Australian Wine Research Institute. Upon completion of my studies, I returned to my native Fiji Islands and joined the chemistry department at the University of the South Pacific. During this period, I traveled extensively through the Pacific Islands (Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati) on behalf of the distance and flexible learning center delivering chemistry courses and facilitating the overall management of the science laboratories the University had established in these countries.

In between my academic positions in Fiji and later at Federation University Australia, I gained a multitude of experience and knowledge through being employed within commercial analytical laboratories in various roles. In 2017 I joined the Australian Catholic University (Brisbane Campus) as a lecturer in science before taking up my current role as a lecturer in chemistry at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton.

Universities Studied At

Doctor of Philosophy - Charles Sturt University , Australia

Bachelor of Applied Science (Honors, Applied Chemistry) - University of Western Sydney , Australia

Bachelor of Applied Science (Biological and Chemical Technologies) - University of Western Sydney , Australia

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching - University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Universities Worked At

Lecturer (Science) - Australian Catholic University, School of Science, Banyo Campus, QLD, Australia

Lecturer (Chemistry) - Federation University Australia, School of Applied and Biomedical Sciences, Ballarat, VIC, Australia

Lecturer (Chemistry) - University of the South Pacific, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

Centre Lecturer (Science) - University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Lecturer (Medical and Clinical Biochemistry) - Fiji National University, School of Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, Suva, Fiji


Furthermore, over the course of my academic career I have received several awards and honours which is detailed as follows:

• Vice Chancellor (VC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Federation University Australia, 2016

• Overseas postgraduate research studentship for a four-year PhD fellowship, Charles Sturt University, 1993

• Co-operative Research Centre for Viticulture (CRCV) postgraduate research scholarship/operating funds for a four-year Ph.D. fellowship, Charles Sturt University, 1993

• Subsidized overseas student scholarship for a four-year undergraduate (including honours) study at University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury), Australian Government - Department of Education Employment and Training, 1989

• Scholarship for one-year foundation science study at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji Government, 1988

Recent Research Projects
RTP Scholarship, commencing 2020
From: 15/07/2020 to 19/01/2023
Grant: Scholarship (Not Specified )
Funding Scheme: RTP Stipend Scholarship, Commencing 2020
Total Funding: $0.00
RTP Scholarship, commencing 2019
From: 13/12/2019 to 12/12/2021
Grant: Scholarship (Not Specified )
Funding Scheme: RTP Stipend Scholarship, commencing 2019
Total Funding: $0.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3006 Food Sciences
  • 3401 Analytical Chemistry
  • 3405 Organic Chemistry
  • 3499 Other Chemical Sciences

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Master of Applied Science
Rapid non-invasive analytical techniques for measuring bioactive compounds in Australian crops
Principal Supervisor
Master of Research
Evaluation of Phenological and Physiological Traits in Relation to Greater Water Use Efficiency, Drought and Heat Tolerance in Cowpea
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Studies on phyto-chemical evaluation and suitable site selection of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle in Nepal
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Evaluation and implementation of in-field assessment and characterisation of phytochemicals with antioxidative and bioactive properties in matrices of economically viable plant sources from Australia
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Crop productivity and grain quality in a changing climate
Associate Supervisor
Master of Research
An investigation into the factors affecting ethanol yield and the subsequent fermentation process optimization in Rum production: A Case Study of Bundaberg Distilling Company
Principal Supervisor
Master of Research
Morphological characterisation and structural analysis of the northern Australian-grown black sesame nutritional oil content and fatty acid composition for breeding programs
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Soil Microbiome Restoration in Queensland Pasture Dieback
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Chemical Science

Analytical Chemistry - Analytical Spectrometry

Chemical Science

Analytical Chemistry - Separation Science

Chemical Science

Other Chemical Sciences - Chemical Sciences not elsewhere classified


Curriculum and Pedagogy - Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy

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