Dr Mark Holmes was educated in Perth and completed a PhD in metabolic biochemistry at the University of Western Australia in 1991. After completing his PhD, Mark took up a lecturing position at Central Queensland University (CQU), Rockhampton, where he taught basic science, clinical biochemistry and sports biochemistry to nursing and human movement students for 7 years.
In 1998, Mark moved to the Sunshine Coast and took up a lecturing position in nutritional biochemistry at USC. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999. Mark's research interests now lie principally in the area of molecular epidemiology, nutrition and lipid metabolism. His research group is currently developing methods for the determination of selected biomarkers of dietary lipid intake and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in venous and capillary blood. These blood biomarkers will be used in research projects designed to assess the influence of dietary lipid intake on the premature development of CVD in the human population.