Lab Members

Matt Piper

Matt Piper

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.

Email: matthew.piper@monash.edu

Twitter: @mattpiperlab

GoogleScholar

2020 – present Senior Lecturer, Monash University
2016 – 2020 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
Funding
2020 – 2022 National Health and Medical Research Centre Ideas Grant
2016 – 2020 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

Amy Dedman

Amy Dedman

Research Assistant

I hold an honours degree in biotechnology and I’ve worked as a molecular biologist for over ten years, in both academic and private industry research laboratories. I’ve always been fascinated by stem cells and I’m interested in understanding how nutrition can influence stem cell regulation, specifically the regulatory mechanisms between drosophila neuroblast proliferation and amino acids.
Outside the lab I enjoy digital art/graphic design, writing science fiction and other things too nerdy to mention.

 

Email: amy.dedman@monash.edu
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

Felipe Martelli

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Postdoctoral Associate

I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil – 2011) studying the effects of oxidative stress on lymphocytes. In 2015, at the same University, I completed my Master’s investigating the relationship between nutrition and aging in honeybees. In 2020, I obtained my PhD from the University of Melbourne investigating how contaminating insecticides doses reprogram insect metabolism, causing oxidative stress leading to neurodegeneration. I spent 6 months of my PhD at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX). Currently, as a postdoc, I am modelling and seeking dietary interventions for inborn errors of metabolism. I have a passion for biology and when I am not in the lab I love spending time with my family, being in touch with nature or playing violin.

Email: Felipe.Martelli@monash.edu

Javier Gomez

Javier Gomez

PhD student

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.

Email: javier.gomezortega@monash.edu

Krithika Balagopal

Krithika Balagopal

PhD student

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.

Email: Krithika.Balagopal@monash.edu

Brooke Zanco

Brooke-profile

PhD student

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.

Email: Brooke.Zanco@monash.edu

Tahlia Fulton

Tahlia Fulton

PhD student

I completed my undergraduate degree at Monash University majoring in both chemistry and genetics. For my honours year, Matt supervised my project looking at the effects of dietary pretreatment on subsequent stress tolerance. My PhD project is continuing on from my honours project with a broader scope to understand how diets can alter responses to stress. I spend my free time outside when the weather is nice, otherwise I am reading or playing video games.

Email: tlful1@student.monash.edu

Jiayi Lin

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PhD student

I recently completed my bachelor degree in Monash University, majoring in Biomedical Science. I have a particular interest in how dietary manipulation can improve the phenotype of diseased individuals. I’m currently working on my honours project which aims to develop a diet to treat an inborn error of amino acid metabolism. Outside the lab I enjoy traveling with my families and friends.

Josh Johnstone

Josh Johnstone

Honours student

I’m currently completing the honours year of my Bachelor of Science at Monash University, where I have majored in genetics. I’ve long been interested in understanding why and how organisms age, and thus would like to improve knowledge of the underlying mechanisms of ageing and their regulators. In the lab I’m investigating one such regulator of ageing, being nutrition, and more specifically how manipulating individual dietary amino acids affects life span and lifelong health in Drosophila melanogaster. Outside the lab I enjoy surfing, reading and tending to my many house plants.

Oliver Anderson

Oliver Anderson profile

Honours student

I am currently undertaking my honours year in a Bachelor of Science Advanced- Research at Monash University, having majored in Genetics and Immunology. I am particularly interested in the genetic influences on disease and how gene expression can be modulated. My honours project involves examining the effects of dietary manipulation on a Drosophila model of the metabolic disease, Phenylketonuria. Outside of the lab I enjoy fossicking and playing the piano.

Email: oand0004@student.monash.edu

Lab Alumni

Carolyn Ma – Masters Student
Study scientist at Applied Insect Science, UK

Arani Azim – Masters Student
Title of Research: Determining The Role Of Drosophila Salt Inducible Kinase 3 In Animal Growth In Relation To Dietary Nutrients

Lisa Rapley – Honours student
Title of Research: How diet, specifically protein, impacts immune function

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