Dietary restriction (DR or calorie restriction) is an evolutionarily conserved intervention that extends healthy lifespan. I am interested in the nutrients and molecular mechanisms required to elicit this effect – in particular the role of protein. Knowledge of these interactions will aid our understanding of the role of nutrient balance in adult health, appetite and longevity.
|2016 – present||ARC Future Fellow, Monash University|
|2010 – 2016||Royal Society University Senior Research Fellow, UCL|
|2002 – 2010||Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCL|
|2001 – 2002||Tenure-track researcher, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands|
|1997 – 2001||PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UNSW, Australia|
|1996||Honours [First Class] Molecular Genetics, UNSW, Australia|
|1993 – 1995||Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide, Australia|
|2015||Australian Research Council||Future Fellowship|
|2012||Wellcome Trust||Wellcome Trust People Awards|
|2012||UCL Crucible Centre||Art/science collaboration|
|2012||AGE UK||Art/science collaboration|
|2012 – 2015||Royal Society||URF research grant|
|2011 – 2016||Royal Society||University Research Fellowship|
|2011 – 2014||BBSRC||New Investigator Award|
|2011 – 2015||UCL Crucible Centre (Medical Research Council)||4y PhD studentship|
|2016 – current||Research Assistant – Monash University, Australia|
|2015 – 2016||Research and Development Scientist – MiniFab, Australia|
|2012 – 2014||Project Manager – The University of Queensland, Australia|
|2010 – 2012||Laboratory Manager – StemLife, Australia|
|2007 – 2009||Research Assistant – Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Australia|
|2004 – 2006||Research Assistant – Queensland Brain Institute, Australia|
|2002 – 2004||Research Technician – University of Ulm, Germany|
|2001||Honours, The University of Newcastle, Australia|
|1998 – 2000||Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology), The University of Newcastle, Australia|
I completed my undergrad studies in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (including one year abroad in the University of York). Afterwards I did my MRes in The University of Liverpool. I did my undergrad research project on vascular mouse models of accelerated ageing. Keeping in the line of ageing research my MRes project was based on the study of Protein and Gene Co-expression networks of Cellular Senescence. For my PhD, I would like to deepen into network analysis and other system biology analysis of ageing and it’s relationship with diet and fitness in Drosophila melanogaster. I am brand new in Melbourne so in my free time I would love to travel around and go hiking to explore the nature in Australia.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at SASTRA University, India. I was presented with an opportunity to do my final year project in the University of Oxford, where I tried to understand how various autophagy inducers can treat monogenic disease associated with intestinal inflammation. I then pursued a MRes in Clinical Medicine in Holm Uhlig’s lab at the University of Oxford, where I investigated the mechanisms by which defective G6PT metabolism in macrophages potentiate the intestinal inflammation in patients with Crohn’s disease. For my PhD, I would be using various genetic tools to understand how nutrition affects infection and immunity in D.melanogaster. Outside of academic life, I would like to get involved with activism. I also enjoy quiet reading and going to cheesy musicals.
I started my undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, studying Journalism and International Relations. During my degree I became involved in scientific communication and as a result, transferred to a Bachelor of Science at Monash University. I completed both my undergraduate and honours year at Monash University, majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology. Throughout my honours year I studied the role of nutrition in mediating larval trait responses to temperature in different populations of D. melanogaster. Now, during my PhD I intend to study the effects of sterols and other less examined nutrients on lifespan and reproductive trade-offs in D. melanogaster, and the mechanisms behind such trade-offs. In my spare time I enjoy photography, long walks in the forest and reading.
I studied zoology and animal behaviour for my Bachelors and Masters in Research degree, respectively. I have previously studied the gustatory system of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) and how they regulate their intake of nutrients. For my M Phil, I am investigating the molecular mechanism that modulate lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster, particularly through the nutrient-sensing pathways, TOR and GCN2 kinase. Outside of M Phil life, I like to travel around and explore new places. I also enjoy seeing live music and having a good jive.
Education and Professional Experience
|2016-Present||M Phil in Molecular Biology, Monash University, Australia|
|2015-2016||Research Technician, Newcastle University, UK|
|2014-2015||Masters of Research (Animal Behaviour), Newcastle University, UK|
|2010-2014||Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Zoology with Industrial Placement), The University of Manchester, UK|
|2016-Present||Monash Graduate Studentship (MGS)
Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS)
I studied biomedical science for my Bachelors degree at Monash University. For my honours year i specialised in molecular biology at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine looking at toenail clippings as an alternative to compromised bone samples for DNA extraction for human identification purposes. To broaden my qualifications as a geneticist, for my M Phil, I am investigating how a nutrient sensing kinase (involved in metabolism) alters the growth of Drosophila melanogaster with variations in dietary nutrient composition. Outside the lab life, I like to socialise with family and friends, travel and explore new places. I also enjoy watching movies and tv series, cricket and tennis, and love cooking and baking!
I recently completed my Bachelor of Science at Monash, majoring in both chemistry and genetics. Studying chemistry has provoked a need for understanding how things fundamentally work, and genetics is where my passion lies. I have developed a particular interest in how diet can effect phenotype, and my Honours project is centered around dietary induction of hardening against toxicological stress. Outside of the lab I can be found at the gym, at the snow or curled up with a cat and a cup of coffee.
I’m currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science at Monash University, with a major in genetics. I have a particular interest in the mechanisms of ageing and their regulators, one such regulator being nutrition. In the lab, I’m investigating how manipulating individual amino acids affects lifelong health in Drosophila melanogaster. Outside the lab I enjoy surfing and exploring the hiking trails surrounding Melbourne.
Helen Rushby – Honours student
Title of Research: Flies, smell and appetite
Rob di Paolo – Honours student
Title of Research: Drosophila microbiota and amino acid supply
Andrea Chan – Honours student
Title of Research: Amino acid deficits and toxicity hardening
Sasha Pollock – Honours student
Title of Research: The role of essential amino acids in lifespan
Iris Bouwmeester – Dutch visiting student
Title of Research: Flies, nutrition and cold stress