Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology, University of Sydney

One of the most important global challenges in public health nutrition is halting the continuing rise in rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Central to the debate on how best to meet this challenge is the issue of foods and beverages containing added sugars. But this focus on sugar does not have unanimous support.

What is needed to facilitate the development of effective solutions are multi-disciplinary teams and researchers that can understand and communicate between diverse disciplines. It is within this context that I have developed my academic portfolio. Over the past 10 years, I have successfully obtained funding and published work in each basic science, clinical science and public health disciplines while also developing a presence in the social commentary on health in the community.

This profile contains a selection of papers and grants over the past 5 years. A full list can be viewed at my University Staff Page

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology, University of Sydney
  • 2004–2011
    Lecturer in Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology, University of Sydney

Education

  • 2007 
    University of Sydney, Graduate Certificate Educational Studies (Higher Education)
  • 2004 
    University of Sydney, PhD (Biochemistry)

Publications

  • 2018
    Metabolic and cognitive improvement from switching to saccharin or water following chronic consumption by female rats of 10% sucrose solution., Physiology and Behavior,
  • 2018
    ‘The University should promote health, but not enforce it’: opinions and attitudes about the regulation of sugar-sweetened beverages in a university setting., BMC Public Health
  • 2017
    The obesity epidemic and sugar-sweetened beverages: a taxing time., Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2016
    Associations between CD36 gene polymorphisms, fat tolerance and oral fat preference in a young-adult population., European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • 2016
    Not quite quenching Australia’s thirst: A critique of the trend analysis of water-based beverage sales from 1997 to 2011., Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 2016
    Individual differences in saccharin acceptance predict rats’ food intake, Physiology and Behavior,
  • 2016
    Sweetening yoghurt with glucose, but not with saccharin, promotes weight gain and increased fat pad mass in rats. , Appetite
  • 2015
    Individual differences in the interoceptive states of hunger, fullness and thirst, Appetite
  • 2015
    Metabolic effects of access to sucrose drink in female rats and transmission of some effects to their offspring. , PLos One
  • 2014
    Nutrition in Schools – Outdated guidelines need updating., Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2014
    Maltodextrin can produce similar metabolic and cognitive effects to those in the rat., Appetite
  • 2014
    Persisting adiposity following chronic consumption of 10% sucrose solution. Strain differences and behavioural effects. , Physiology and Behavior,
  • 2013
    Low-volume exercise can prevent sucrose-induced weight gain but has limited impact on metabolic measures in rats, European Journal of Nutrition.
  • 2013
    Chronic restricted access to 10% sucrose solution in adolescent and young adult rats impairs spatial memory and alters sensitivity to outcome devaluation., Physiology and Behavior,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Withdrawal from & relapse to sugar drinks: Metabolic & Behavioural effects
    Role:
    Chief Investigator (A)
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2015
    How we eat and exercise. An investigation of the interaction between macronutrient composition of habitual diet and physiological outcomes of energy expenditure during exercise.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator (A)
    Funding Source:
     Collaborative Research Network for Advancing Exercise and Sport Science (CRN-AESS), Research Capacity Building Seeding Grant Scheme.
  • 2015
    Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Free Sydney University.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator (A)
    Funding Source:
     University of Sydney, Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding scheme
  • 2013
    Flavour learning and food consumption in rats and humans: Implications for obesity
    Role:
    Chief Investigator (B)
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    Randomised control trial of exercise for the management of cannabis withdrawal in adult humans.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator (C)
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
  • Nutrition Society of Australia