At present I am undertaking a PhD at Swansea University looking at the different approaches people take to manage their food and drink intake, and possible influences on intake. I am also interested in behavioural profiles, which include traits such as self-control and impulsivity; whether people restrain themselves and if they do that in a flexible or rigid way.
My Bachelor and Master in Nutritional Science at the Technischen Universität München (Munich University of Technology), Germany focused on the molecular and medical side of nutrition. I wanted to build on this knowledge and add behavioural and sensory aspects of nutrition to it. Therefore I was looking at the influence of repeated exposure to vegetable puree on the liking of vegetables in infants in my Master’s thesis, which I conducted at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Next to my research I help to organise the peer academic writing support (PAWS) group and support the SNAC group at public engagement events (e.g. Swansea Science Festival, visits of high school students).