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Institute Manager, Órama - Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Flinders University

Mel is the Institute Manager of the newly formed Órama - Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Flinders University. Órama aims to address mental health and welfare issues using a trans-disciplinary approach.

Previously Mel was a researcher within the Robinson Research Institute and ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at the University of Adelaide and her research interests are the final stages of oocyte maturation and fertilisation, called the peri-conception period. In particular, Mel investigated the influence of energy substrates such as carbohydrates and fats on oocyte health and subsequent embryo health.


  • 2019–present
    Institute Manager, Órama Institute, Flinders University
  • 2008–2017
    Senior research associate, The Robinson Institute & ARC Center of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), The University of Adelaide
  • 2004–2008
    Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, The University of Adelaide


  • 2018 
    The University of Adelaide, Master Business Administration
  • 2005 
    The University of Adelaide, Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science)

Research Areas

  • Reproduction (111404)
  • Animal Reproduction (070206)
  • Cell Metabolism (060104)
  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology (0601)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Neurosciences Not Elsewhere Classified (110999)