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PhD Candidate (Food Science & Nutrition), University of Newcastle

Melanie is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, investigating consumer behaviour and perception around non- and lower- alcohol wine. She is affiliated with the University of Newcastle Doctoral Training Centre for Food and Agribusiness.
Melanie graduated with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Food Science & Human Nutrition in 2015 and was awarded a Faculty of Science medal. She has experience in scientific research, including cancer cell biology for which she has a number of peer-reviewed publications. She has recent experience within the food industry, and is fascinated with what influences the consumer to make the choices they make.
She is a member of the Nutrition Society Australia (NSA) and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).


  • 2020–present
    PhD candidate, University of Newcastle


  • 2015 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition (Honours)

Professional Memberships

  • Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST)