Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Marie Bhanugopan

Dr Marie Bhanugopan

BVSc MVSc PhD

Marie joined CSU in September 2008. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her PhD focused on "Improving bone health and optimising Calcium metabolism in the dairy cow to minimize the risk of milk fever".

Her research interests include calcium homeostasis and role of vitamin D in bone health, mineral interactions and peri-parturient disorders in dairy cattle. She teaches Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology. Marie is the subject coordinator for Veterinary Physiology.

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Research Interests

  • Role of Calcium and Vitamin D in Bone Health in sheep, cattle, poultry and dogs.
  • Hypocalcaemia and Hypomagnesaemia in sheep and cattle
  • Mineral interactions and its effect on production and reproduction
  • Peri-parturient diseases and embryonic mortality in dairy cows

Research Higher Degree supervision

Supervisory RoleStudent NameDegreeTopicStatus
Co-SupervisorMr Shawn McGrathPhDSupplementation of ewes grazing dual purpose wheatIn progress
Principal SupervisorMr Paul QuaggiottoMMedScPrevalence of Vitamin D deficiency and toxicity in a hospital populationCompleted 2011
Co-SupervisorMr Vivek PandeMScInvestigating the role of Vitamin D in fetal programming of chicken fetal and juvenile bone developmentCompleted 2013
Principal SupervisorMs Janna PyeBVSc (Hons)Effect of dietary magnesium supplementation in alleviating stress associated with road transportation in weaned lambsCompleted 2013
Principal SupervisorMs Lauren BlackneyBVSc (Hons)The incidence risk and risk factors associated with late embryonic/early fetal mortality in dairy cows in the Riverina region of NSW, Australia: A retrospective study.In progress
Principal SupervisorMs Cassandra MacdonaldBVSc (Hons)Dry cow feeding and its effect on metabolic parameters during calving and reproduction.In progress
Co-SupervisorMs Zoe BoucherBAnSc (Hons)The effects of breed and diet on the immune status of pregnant ewes and lamb immune status, birth weight and subsequent growthIn progress

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Peer Reviewed Publications

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Conference Papers

  • Blackney L, Bhanugopan M, Gunn A, Heller J (2014). "The incidence risk and risk factors associated with late embryonic/early fetal mortality in dairy cows in the Riverina region of NSW, Australia: A retrospective study". Accepted as an oral presentation at the XXVIII World Buiatrics Congress, to be held in Cairns Australia on 27th July to 1st August 2014.
  • SR McGrath, JJ Lievaart, JM Virgona, MS Bhanugopan and MA Friend (2012)" Prevention of high ewe losses in southern NSW: a producer survey".  2nd Joint Conference of the New Zealand and Australian Societies of Animal Production (NZASAP). Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand. 2nd to 5th July 2012.  Conference paper.  Identifier. ISSN      1836-0939 -- 5178 -- 07 -- Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
  • Pande V, Martin E, Chousalkar K, Bhanugopan M, Quinn J (2012).  Species-dependent effects of Vitamin D3 metabolite 1,25(OH)2D3 during osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in vitro. Com Bio 2012 September 23 to 27 Adelaide Convention Centre South Australia.
  • MS Bhanugopan, DR Fraser, WJ Fulkerson and M Hyde (2005) "Effect of Dietary Potassium on Calcium absorption in the rumen and intestine of sheep" "Current Topics in Dairy Production, Dairy Research Foundation, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • MS Bhanugopan, P Havrlant, DR Fraser, M Hyde, D McNeill (2004). 'Effect of Supplementation of Potassium precalving on bone health and calcium metabolism at calving in dairy cows" - Plasma Magnesium, Current Topics in Dairy Production, Dairy Research Foundation, University of Sydney, Australia 9, 65-66.
  • MS Bhanugopan, A Rankin, DR Fraser, M Hyde, D McNeill (2003). "Improving bone health to optimise calcium metabolism in the dairy cow- Urine pH", Current Topics in Dairy Production. Dairy Research Foundation, University of Sydney, Australia.

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