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Rohith Thota PhD

Research Officer

Riddet Institute

Dr Thota is currently working as a research officer in the Riddet CoRE under Platform 3, Metabolism and Nutrition. His current work involves development and validation of a novel ranking criteria, GlucoTRIG, for the healthiness of foods and meals. He is also investigating novel formulations with anti-inflammatory dietary bio-actives for alleviating chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.

Prior to joining the Riddet Institute, Rohith received his PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Newcastle in July 2018. During his PhD, he developed a novel predictor of Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, InsuTAG®. He also conducted clinical trials with diet-derived bio-active compounds, curcumin and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, for preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. He was supported by prestigious Neville Eric Samson Scholarship and University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship during his candidature. During his PhD, he won multiple awards for his publications and for innovation of InsuTAG®. He attended Kakatiya University (India), where he graduated with a Master of Pharmacy (Pharmacology) in 2014 and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India) in 2011. He conducted pre-clinical experiments with a novel polyphenol formulation for the management of metabolic syndrome and also worked at a pharmaceutical company where he was involved in research and development of oral and nasal over the counter formulations.

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Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Newcastle (2018)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Inflammation 

Insulin resistance 

Insulin 

Type 2 diabetes 

Dietary bio-actives 

Clinical trials 

Risk prediction models

curcumin 

omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Nutrition and Dietetics (111100): Nutritional Physiology (111103): Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (111500): Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified (111599): Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)

Keywords

Inflammation 

Insulin resistance 

Insulin 

Type 2 diabetes 

Dietary bio-actives 

Clinical trials 

Risk prediction models

curcumin 

omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs

Journal

Austin, G., Ferguson, JJ., Thota, RN., Singh, H., Burrows, T., & Garg, ML. (2020). Postprandial lipaemia following consumption of a meal enriched with medium chain saturated and/or long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. A randomised cross-over study. Clinical Nutrition.
[Journal article]Authored by: Singh, H., Thota, R.
Abbott, KA., Burrows, TL., Acharya, S., Thota, RN., & Garg, ML. (2020). DHA-enriched fish oil reduces insulin resistance in overweight and obese adults. Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. 159
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Jones, P., Lucock, M., Martin, C., Thota, R., Garg, M., Yates, Z., . . . Beckett, E. (2020). Independent and Interactive Influences of Environmental UVR, Vitamin D Levels, and Folate Variant MTHFD1-rs2236225 on Homocysteine Levels. Nutrients.
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Rosato, JI., Burrows, TL., Dias, CB., Abbott, KA., Martins, RN., . . . Garg, ML. (2020). Docosahexaenoic acid-rich fish oil supplementation reduces kinase associated with insulin resistance in overweight and obese midlife adults. Nutrients. 12(6)
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Moughan, PJ., Singh, H., & Garg, ML. (2020). GlucoTRIG: A novel tool to determine the nutritional quality of foods and meals in general population. Lipids in Health and Disease. 19(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Singh, H., Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Rosato, JI., Dias, CB., Burrows, TL., Martins, RN., & Garg, ML. (2020). Dietary supplementation with curcumin reduce circulating levels of glycogen synthase kinase-3Β and islet amyloid polypeptide in adults with high risk of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Nutrients. 12(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Lucock, M., Thota, R., Garg, M., Martin, C., Jones, P., Furst, J., . . . Beckett, E. (2019). Early lifecycle UV‐exposure calibrates adult vitamin D metabolism: Evidence for a developmentally originated vitamin D homeostat that may alter related adult phenotypes. American Journal of Human Biology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Abbott, KA., Burrows, TL., Thota, RN., Alex, A., Acharya, S., Attia, J., . . . Garg, ML. (2020). Association between plasma phospholipid omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and type 2 diabetes is sex dependent: The Hunter Community Study. Clinical Nutrition. 39(4), 1059-1066
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Acharya, SH., & Garg, ML. (2019). Curcumin and/or omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids supplementation reduces insulin resistance and blood lipids in individuals with high risk of type 2 diabetes: A randomised controlled trial. Lipids in Health and Disease. 18(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, R. (2018). Vitamin D and folate: A reciprocal environmental association based on seasonality and genetic disposition. American Journal of Human Biology. Retrieved from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ajhb.23166
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Dias, CB., Abbott, KA., Acharya, SH., & Garg, ML. (2018). Curcumin alleviates postprandial glycaemic response in healthy subjects: A cross-over, randomized controlled study. Scientific Reports. 8(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Ferguson, JJA., Abbott, KA., Dias, CB., & Garg, ML. (2018). Science behind the cardio-metabolic benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: biochemical effects vs. clinical outcomes. Food and Function. 9(7), 3576-3596
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Abbott, KA., Ferguson, JJA., Veysey, M., Lucock, M., Niblett, S., . . . Garg, ML. (2017). InsuTAG: A novel physiologically relevant predictor for insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Scientific Reports. 7(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Abbott, KA., Burrows, TL., Thota, RN., Acharya, S., & Garg, ML. (2016). Do v-3 PUFAs affect insulin resistance in a sex-specific manner? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 104(5), 1470-1484
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Thota, RN., Acharya, SH., Abbott, KA., & Garg, ML. (2016). Curcumin and long-chain Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for Prevention of type 2 Diabetes (COP-D): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 17(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.
Jameel, F., Thota, RN., Wood, LG., Plunkett, B., & Garg, ML. (2015). Sex-dependent association between circulating irisin levels and insulin resistance in healthy adults. Journal of Nutrition and Intermediary Metabolism. 2(3-4), 86-92
[Journal article]Authored by: Thota, R.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • OCT 2019 - till date - Comvita
    Project leader

Languages

  • Telugu
    Last used: Mother tongue
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Hindi
    Last used: National language
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: Everyday
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • French
    Last used: At home
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

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