I was appointed a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide in 2013, previous to which I held the W Bruce Hall Cancer Council SA Research Fellowship (2009-2012) and a NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship (2005-2009). My undergraduate and postgraduate studies have been undertaken at the University of Adelaide, with my PhD awarded in 2002. I have been a University of Adelaide Staff member since 2003.
I am currently a Senior Lecturer and I involved in teaching within the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science and Bachelor of Applied Biology degrees.
My research focus is on epigenetics and I have worked extensively with epigenetic mechanisms and methodologies and contributed to the understanding of the role of DNA methylation in leukaemia, colon, breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. More recently, I have focused on how environmental factors, such as diet, may perturb epigenetic modifications which may result in an increased susceptibility to diseases later in life. The focus of current research is to investigate how early life exposure to a high fat diet can impact disease risk later in life, investigations into the role of micronutrients and epigenetics in placental development and pregnancy, and the use of DNA methylation as biomarkers for predicting disease.