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Senior Lecturer (Adjunct), Nutritional neuroscientist, University of Adelaide

I'm a neuroscientist with expertise in learning, memory and behavioural control. I’m passionate about uncovering how our diets and nutrition influence brain function and mental wellbeing.

I’m interested in how brain changes caused by diet and obesity can predispose individuals to the development of neurodegeneration, mood and eating disorders. I also work on how psychedelic therapies can be clinically applied to treat a range of psychiatric and neurological conditions.

In an academic setting, I have published 59 peer reviewed manuscripts in leading neuroscience and medicine journals and I have received over $3.4 Million (AUD) in research funding.

Outside of academia, I am a passionate science communicator exemplified by my multiple awards in science communication (including a Young Tall Poppy Award, NSW 2015) and invited TEDxSydney 2016 talk 'This is your brain on sugar' (


  • 2020–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • 2024–present
    Professor (Adjunct), Western University
  • 2018–2020
    BrainsCAN Tier 1 Research Associate, Western University
  • 2016–2018
    Lecturer, RMIT University
  • 2013–2016
    Senior research associate, UNSW Sydney


  • 2011 
    Cardiff University, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Birmingham, BSc (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Functional impact of high energy diets on memory encoding
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2017
    Novel pharmacological strategies to treat cognitive dysfunction in COPD
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2014
    Does obesity alter psychological associations to food related cues, contexts and responses?
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Neurosciences (1109)
  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)
  • Nutrition And Dietetics (1111)


AIPS Young Tall Poppy NSW 2015, TEDxSydney 2016 Speaker, RMIT Media Star 2017,