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Dorit Samocha-Bonet

Associate Professor Dorit Samocha-Bonet

Group Leader
Additional Role
Group Leader, Clinical Insulin Resistance Group, Scientific Lead, Clinical Research Facility
Clinical Insulin Resistance Group

After completing a BSc (Cum Laude) degree in Nutritional Sciences at the Hebrew University (Israel) in 1992, Associate Professor Dorit Samocha-Bonet joined the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Tel Aviv Medical Center as a clinical dietician. In 1996 she completed a MSc (with Honours) in Clinical Biochemistry at Tel Aviv University (Israel).

As a clinical dietician, Dorit noted the fact that only a minority of her patients could maintain a reduced healthy weight in the long term, and she decided to turn to research into obesity and metabolic disease. After the birth of her second child, she embarked on a PhD in medical science.

After completing a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology at Tel Aviv University (Israel) in 2006, she relocated to Sydney in 2007 where she took a postdoctoral position at the Diabetes & Metabolism Division at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. In 2013 she established the Clinical Insulin Resistance group. She is a Council member and Secretary of the Australian New Zealand Obesity Society, a body striving to improve the management of people living with obesity, fight stigma and prevent obesity through advocacy.


  • 2022UNSW Education Innovation Award for the design of four new bachelor / masters health professional programs
  • 2021UNSW Head of School Award for Outstanding Contribution to Health Sciences
  • 2018Award for contribution to early-career peers and postgraduate students - Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • 2016Top ranked grant application from the Diabetes Australia Research Program (Australian Diabetes Society)
  • 2011Skip Martin Early Career Fellow (Australian Diabetes Society)

Selected publications

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