Michael Mathai is physiologist with a strong interest in the role of nutrition in the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. His research area is the neurophysiological control of homeostatic functions including blood pressure, body fluid and electrolyte balance, fever and thermoregulation, food and salt appetite, metabolism and energy balance. He has worked at a number of institutions including the University of Melbourne, The Florey Neuroscience Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Physiology and Clinical Research. Since taking up his appointment at the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University in 2008, he has focused on translating his research on micronutrients to the amelioration of human health, especially obesity and dyslipidaemia, as well as improving exercise tolerance. He is also interested in improving the understanding of food labelling for consumers, especially regarding assessment of allergen risk and calorie content.