Dr Leni Rivera

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer In Medical Sciences

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

leni.rivera@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72838

Research interests

Dr Rivera is a leading expert in gastrointestinal health and physiology and have pioneered work on enteric neuropathies. She has a large repertoire of skills and have advanced skills in physiological studies of gastrointestinal motility and secretion. Her research focuses on digestive physiology and nutrition, in particular targeting gut health in obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Publications

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2019

Unravelled facets of milk derived opioid peptides: a focus on gut physiology, fractures and obesity

Hajara Aslam, Anu Ruusunen, Michael Berk, Amy Loughman, Leni Rivera, Julie Pasco, Felice Jacka

(2019), pp. 1-14, International journal of food sciences and nutrition, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Modulation of high fat diet-induced microbiome changes, but not behaviour, by minocycline

K Hasebe, L Rivera, C Smith, T Allnutt, T Crowley, T Nelson, O Dean, S McGee, K Walder, L Gray

(2019), Vol. 82, pp. 309-318, Brain, behavior, and immunity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2016

Selenium and vitamin E together improve intestinal epithelial barrier function and alleviate oxidative stress in heat-stressed pigs

F Liu, J Cottrell, J Furness, L Rivera, F Kelly, U Wijesiriwardana, R Pustovit, L Fothergill, D Bravo, P Celi, B Leury, N Gabler, F Dunshea

(2016), Vol. 101, pp. 801-810, Experimental physiology, London, Eng., C1

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The role of the gut microbiota in NAFLD

C Leung, L Rivera, J Furness, P Angus

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 412-425, Nature reviews gastroenterology and hepatology, London, Eng., C1

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Dietary advanced glycation end-products aggravate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

C Leung, C Herath, Z Jia, S Andrikopoulos, B Brown, M Davies, L Rivera, J Furness, J Forbes, P Angus

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 8026-8040, World journal of gastroenterology, Pleasanton, Calif., C1

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Effects of food components that activate TRPA1 receptors on mucosal ion transport in the Mouse intestine

L Fothergill, B Callaghan, L Rivera, T Lieu, D Poole, H Cho, D Bravo, J Furness

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 1-11, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal
2015

A ghrelin receptor agonist is an effective colokinetic in rats with diet-induced constipation

R Pustovit, J Furness, L Rivera

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 610-617, Neurogastroenterology & motility, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Site and mechanism of the colokinetic action of the ghrelin receptor agonist, HM01

K Naitou, T Mamerto, R Pustovit, B Callaghan, L Rivera, A Chan, M Ringuet, C Pietra, J Furness

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 1764-1771, Neurogastroenterology & motility, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

Differences in hormone localisation patterns of K and L type enteroendocrine cells in the mouse and pig small intestine and colon

H-J Cho, S Kosari, B Hunne, B Callaghan, L Rivera, D Bravo, J Furness

(2015), Vol. 359, pp. 693-698, Cell and tissue research, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal
2014

Damage to enteric neurons occurs in mice that develop fatty liver disease but not diabetes in response to a high-fat diet

L Rivera, C Leung, R Pustovit, B Hunne, S Andrikopoulos, C Herath, A Testro, P Angus, J Furness

(2014), Vol. 26, pp. 1188-1199, Neurogastroenterology & motility, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

Selenium-enriched Agaricus bisporus mushroom protects against increase in gut permeability ex vivo and up-regulates glutathione peroxidase 1 and 2 in hyperthermally-induced oxidative stress in rats

T Maseko, F Dunshea, K Howell, H-J Cho, L Rivera, J Furness, K Ng

(2014), Vol. 6, pp. 2478-2492, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

journal

Glucagon-like peptide 1 and peptide YY are in separate storage organelles in enteroendocrine cells

H-J Cho, E Robinson, L Rivera, P McMillan, A Testro, M Nikfarjam, D Bravo, J Furness

(2014), Vol. 357, pp. 63-69, Cell and tissue research, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

The mechanism of enhanced defecation caused by the ghrelin receptor agonist, ulimorelin

R Pustovit, B Callaghan, S Kosari, L Rivera, H Thomas, J Brock, J Furness

(2014), Vol. 26, pp. 264-271, Neurogastroenterology and motility, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

Hypotensive effects of ghrelin receptor agonists mediated through a novel receptor

B Callaghan, S Kosari, R Pustovit, D Sartor, D Ferens, K Ban, J Baell, T Nguyen, L Rivera, J Brock, J Furness

(2014), Vol. 171, pp. 1275-1286, British journal of pharmacology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

The enteric nervous system and gastrointestinal innervation: integrated local and central control

J Furness, B Callaghan, L Rivera, H-J Cho

(2014), Vol. 817, pp. 39-71, Microbial Endocrinology : The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Health and Disease, New York, N.C., B1-1

chapter
2013

The gut as a sensory organ

J Furness, L Rivera, H-J Cho, D Bravo, B Callaghan

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 729-740, Nature reviews: gastroenterology and hepatology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Knock out of neuronal nitric oxide synthase exacerbates intestinal ischemia/reperfusion injury in mice

L Rivera, L Pontell, H-J Cho, P Castelucci, M Thacker, D Poole, T Frugier, J Furness

(2012), Vol. 349, pp. 565-576, Cell and tissue research, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

journal
2011

The involvement of nitric oxide synthase neurons in enteric neuropathies

L Rivera, D Poole, M Thacker, J Furness

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 980-988, Neurogastroenterology and motility, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

The relationship between glial distortion and neuronal changes following intestinal ischemia and reperfusion

M Thacker, L Rivera, H-J Cho, J Furness

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. e500-e509, Neurogastroenterology & motility, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

Deleterious effects of intestinal ischemia/reperfusion injury in the mouse enteric nervous system are associated with protein nitrosylation

L Rivera, M Thacker, L Pontell, H-J Cho, J Furness

(2011), Vol. 344, pp. 111-123, Cell and tissue research, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

journal

Damaging effects of ischemia/reperfusion on intestinal muscle

L Pontell, P Sharma, L Rivera, M Thacker, Y Tan, J Brock, J Furness

(2011), Vol. 343, pp. 411-419, Cell and tissue research, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

journal
2009

High- and medium-molecular-weight neurofilament proteins define specific neuron types in the guinea-pig enteric nervous system

L Rivera, M Thacker, J Furness

(2009), Vol. 335, pp. 529-538, Cell and tissue research, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

journal

The reactions of specific neuron types to intestinal ischemia in the guinea pig enteric nervous system

L Rivera, M Thacker, P Castelucci, R Bron, J Furness

(2009), Vol. 118, pp. 261-270, Acta neuropathologica, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Targeting bile acid receptors for the treatment of intestinal motility disorders and pain

Dr Leni Rivera

NHMRC ECF - Early Career Fellowship

  • 2016: $79,692
  • 2015: $39,979

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2017

Kyoko Hasebe

Thesis entitled: Investigating Neurobiological Mechanisms Linking Depression and Inflammation

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine