Postdoctoral Fellow (Human Molecular Nutrition), School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

My bachelors degree was in Biomedical Science, with an Honours year in Immunology and Microbiology. I worked as a research assistant and lab manager in respiratory research for 4 years, while completing a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology and a Masters in Science Management.

I then became interested in gene-nutrient interactions and joined the Human Molecular Nutrition Laboratory working under A/Professors Mark Lucock and Martin Veysey at the University of Newcastle, where I recently completed my PhD studies.

My PhD studies involved the investigation of the association between epigenetic marks and nutritional status in specific populations.

I also tutor and demonstrate in human biosciences and anatomy for the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    NHMRC Early Career Fellow, The University of Newcastle
  • 2013–present
    Casual Academic, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle
  • 2008–2012
    Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Newcastle

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Newcastle/CSIRO, PhD (Food Science)
  • 2011 
    University of Newcastle, Masters of Science Management
  • 2010 
    University of Newcastle, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology
  • 2007 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours Class I)

Publications

  • 2015
    Vitamin D receptor genotype modulates the correlation between vitamin D and circulating levels of let-7a/b and vitamin D intake in an elderly cohort., J Nutrigenetics & Nutrigenomics
  • 2015
    Macrolide therapy suppresses key features of experimental steroid-sensitive and steroid-insensitive asthma, Thorax
  • 2015
    Folate status, folate-related genes and serum miR-21 expression: Implications for miR-21 as a biomarker, BBA Clinical
  • 2015
    Methylation diet and methyl group genetics in risk for adenomatous polyp occurrence, BBA Clinical
  • 2015
    Vitamin D: Beyond Metabolism, JEBCAM
  • 2014
    Taste Genetics- the relationship to tasting, liking, consumption and health., Food and Function
  • 2014
    The role of vitamins and minerals in modulating the expression of microRNA., Nutrition Research Reviews
  • 2014
    Damaging legacy; maternal cigarette smoking has long-term consequences for male offspring fertility, Human Reproduction
  • 2014
    Bronchiolar Remodeling in Adult Mice Following Neonatal Exposure to Hyperoxia: Relation to Growth., Anatomical Record
  • 2013
    Scrambled and fried: Cigarette smoke exposure causes antral follicle destruction and oocyte dysfunction through oxidative stress., Toxicol Appl Pharmacol.
  • 2013
    A new short-term mouse model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identifies a role for mast cell tryptase in pathogenesis., J Allergy Clin Immunol.
  • 2012
    Chlamydia muridarum lung infection in infants alters hematopoietic cells to promote allergic airway disease in mice., PLoS One.
  • 2012
    TLR2, but not TLR4, is required for effective host defence against Chlamydia respiratory tract infection in early life., PLoS One.
  • 2011
    Increased zona pellucida thickness and meiotic spindle disruption in oocytes from cigarette smoking mice., Human Reprod
  • 2011
    Streptococcus pneumoniae infection suppresses allergic airways disease by inducing regulatory T-cells., Eur Respir J.
  • 2010
    Surveillance and analysis of avian influenza viruses, Australia., Emerg Infect Dis.
  • 2010
    Fibulin-1 is increased in asthma--a novel mediator of airway remodeling?, PLoS One.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    NHMRC ECR Fellowship
    Role:
    Fellow
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2016
    AMP Tomorrow Maker
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    AMP Foundation
  • 2012
    CSIRO OCE Scholar
    Role:
    Student (PhD) Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    CSIRO

Professional Memberships

  • Nutrition Society of Australia, Member