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Professor Lynne Cobiac, Director, Preventative Health Flagship

Professor Lynne Cobiac: Director, Preventative Health Flagship

Professor Lynne Cobiac leads CSIRO’s Preventative Health Flagship in delivering scientific outcomes that have a positive impact on the Australian community.

  • 16 July 2012

Current activities

As Director, Professor Cobiac is responsible for leading multidisciplinary teams from CSIRO and other leading research institutions, working across science boundaries to address the challenge of chronic disease. The flagship brings together science and technical staff with skills in genomics and proteomics, biotechnology, bioinformatics and statistical data analysis, structural biology, information technology, psychology and food and nutritional sciences.

Under Professor Cobiac’s leadership, the flagship investigates new approaches to the early identification of common chronic diseases and develops preventative strategies to improve Australia’s health and wellbeing.

Professor Cobiac is also Co-Chair of the Working Party for Food, Nutrition and Health Research and Development (R&D) and Techology Transfer (TT), as part of the development of the National Food and Nutrition R&D, TT Strategy for the Primary Industries Standing Committee (PISC).


A background in nutritional biochemistry and research in the area of nutrition and consumer science, coupled with an Advanced Masters of Business Administration (MBA), have provided the foundation for Professor Cobiac’s role in driving national research objectives in preventative health.

Recently, Professor Cobiac was the Associate Dean of Flinders Clinical and Molecular Medicine, a multidisciplinary cluster of over 120 academics and clinicians, as well as Co-Director of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Observatory for SA Health, which conducts research and evaluation around healthy weight in South Australia.

Professor Cobiac returned to the CSIRO in 2011 as the Deputy Chief - Science, for the division of Food and Nutritional Sciences. Professor Cobiac was responsible for leading the science capability across a diverse range of research domains including food and nutrition, health, microbiology and genomics.

Academic qualifications

Professor Cobiac completed her PhD in n-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular risk factors in 1993.

Professor Cobiac has also been awarded an Advanced Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics.


  • Professor Cobiac has held senior management committee membership positions at CSIRO as well as for other organisations and academic positions at the Flinders University of South Australia
  • Appointed to the SA Premier’s Science and Industry Council 2012-
  • Foundation Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University 2007-2011
  • Appointment to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2011 Academy
  • Associate Dean of the Flinders Clinical and Molecular Medicine (FCMM) 2008-2011
  • Appointed as a Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) Fellow in 2007
  • Director of the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Evaluation Project and Co-Director of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Obesity Research and Monitoring Alliance (PANORAMA)
  • Flinders Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control Executive Member (2007-2011)
  • Invited member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Accreditation Committee to review Australian dietetics training courses
  • Appointment to the NHMRC Grant Review Panel for GIT/Obesity/Liver 2007-2010
  • Business Manager Preventative Health Flagship 2002-2006
  • Technology and Project Manager of a number of diverse research projects
  • Awarded the University of Adelaide Medal for Marketing Principles (MBA Advanced), Dietitians Association of Australia National Service Award, Australian Nutrition Trust Travelling Scholarship, Australian Nutrition Society Research Award
  • Professor Cobiac was also the Editor of the Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics for several years.