Welcome to the home page of Dr Michael Leveritt, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Queensland. My research and teaching activities focus on developing a better understanding of how nutrition can positively enhance athlete participation, well-being and performance in a variety of sport and exercise contexts.
My academic career has come full circle since starting out as an undergraduate student at The University of Queensland in the early 1990s. I went on to complete my PhD at UQ which investigated skeletal muscle adaptations to different forms of exercise training performed concurrently. After my PhD I held academic positions in New Zealand and the UK before returning to Australia to complete a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I then had a few years working at the Australian Institute of Sport and Queensland Academy of Sport where I was able to develop skills in the application and practice of sports science and nutrition to support coaches and elite athletes to achieve optimal performance outcomes. I then held an academic appointment at Griffith University before returning to The University of Queensland in 2012. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of teaching, research and applied work in sports nutrition and very much appreciate the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills developed during my career to have a positive impact on students and staff at UQ as well as the broader community.
Our School at UQ is an international leader in Sport and Exercise Science consistently receiving a world ranking in the top five for this discipline area. We use a number of field and laboratory techniques to measure exercise performance, training adaptation and nutrition status. We also have specific expertise in dietary standardisation and dietary assessment methods.
We use a partnership model to work collaboratively with local, state and national sporting organisations to identify how nutrition can positively enhance athlete participation, well-being and performance. We conduct well controlled experiments to answer specific sports nutrition questions and we also have expertise in using our sports nutrition knowledge in the development of position statements and policy initiatives that have impact at an organisation and community level. This benefits our partners by ensuring the most efficient use of resources when delivering sports nutrition programs and also reduces the risk of adverse events associated with inappropriate use of sports foods and supplements.
Consultancy and Service
I am the lead dietitian for the Team Danny Green online health and fitness program which supports thousands of Australians to enhance their health and fitness. I am also involved in partnership projects with the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League club, Netball Queensland and Squash Australia.
I currently serve as an associate editor for the European Journal of Sport Science.