Massey University > Marlena Kruger

Professor Marlena KRUGER

PhD Human Physiology


Area of Expertise
Nutrition, bone health and body composition; nutrition and muscle strength in the elderly; In vitro screening of bioactives using bone cell models.


Professional Interests
Calcium homeostasis and osteoporosis in children and the elderly; essential fatty acids, dairy products and bone health; protein nutrition and prevention of sarcopenia in the elderly; bone density, biomechanics and bone structure.

Palmerston North

Research Areas
Bone health and body composition; metabolism.

Recent Publications

MC Kruger, W-H Chua, A Darragh, CL Booth, C Prosser, D Lowry. Impact of goat milk powdered formulations on mineral absorption, peak bone mass and bone loss due to ovariectomy in rats. J Sci Food Agric (2008) 88: 1082-1090.

RC Poulsen, PJ Moughan, MC Kruger. Docosahexaenoic acid and 17-beta estradiol cotreatment is more effective than 17-beta estradiol alone in maintaining bone post ovariectomy in rats. Exp Biol Med (2008) 233: 592-602.

RC Poulsen, KH Gotlinger, CN Serhan, MC Kruger. Identification of inflammatory and proresolving lipid mediators in bone marrow and their lipidomic profiles with ovariectomy and omega 3 intake. Am J Hematol (2008) 83: 437-445.

M Coetzee, M Haag, MC Kruger. Effects of arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid on differentiation and mineralisation of MC3T3-E1 osteoblast-like cells. Cell Biochem Function (2009) 27: 3-11.

MC Kruger, LM Schollum , B Kuhn-Sherlock, A Hestiantoro, P Wijanto, J Li-Yu, I Agdeppa,JM Todd, R Eastell. The effect of a fortified milk drink on vitamin D status and bone turnover in post-menopausal women from South- East Asia. Bone (2009) doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2009.10.036.

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