An interest in nutrition and the desire for a career change drew me to university studies where I enrolled in a Health Science Degree at Griffith University Gold Coast with plans to complete a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. During my degree I became fascinated with human genetics and I postponed dietetics studies to complete a PhD in the genetics of complex disease. On completion I was offered an academic position in the school of Medical Science to teach genetics to undergraduate health students (including dietetics students), which I still do. I found teaching very rewarding and in 2012, I was awarded an Australian Government Office of Learning Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. With my background in human genetics and my interest in nutrition, I felt that the emerging area of nutrigenetics/nutrigenomics was where I wanted to focus my research. I completed a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics to further develop my expertise in the field. I am currently involved in nutrigenomics research and I am developing a specialist clinical dietetics practice. I believe that I can provide a fully personalised nutrigenetic service to help clients make informed nutrition and lifestyle decisions based on the very latest evidence.
Tell me a little bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you?
A typical day may involve delivering lectures, developing education resources, and supporting students in my role as a program director. It may involve meetings with colleagues, my research team and my postgraduate students, preparing or reviewing publications, preparing grant applications, or academic documentation. I spend a significant amount of time reading and keeping up with the latest research findings, particular those that have clinical application.
What do you most enjoy about your career?
The most exciting part of my career is that I am always learning.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I love art, design, and fashion! My most memorable experiences were visiting the MOMA in New York and the V & A museum in London.