20142019

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Biography

Margaret is a Dietitian, Researcher and Lecturer with the School of Chemistry and Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, at Monash University.  She co-ordinates two units in the Master of Food Science and Agribusiness, delivering the food, nutrition and human health content.  Margaret’s teaching is a culmination of her interests in nutrition, health and sustainability, and considers the global challenges facing our food system of delivering a healthy and sustainable diet.  This includes a collaboration with the Sustainable Nutrition Initiative and use of their DELTA Model as a teaching tool.

Margaret specialises in coordinating nutrition-focussed human clinical trials, both postprandial and longer term interventions.  Her current research focuses on investigating the health (e.g. antioxidant, mood-altering) impacts of bioactive compounds (e.g. phytochemicals, process-modified protein) in food, and includes a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Research Institute, in Germany.  Margaret has successfully co-supervised an honours student and numerous undergraduate placement students, and is looking to take on co-supervision of PhD students.  

Previous research of Margaret's focused on the postprandial and long-term effects of polyphenol intake on blood glucose, insulin and cholesterol levels.  As well as investigating the self-esteem of adolescents participating in weight management programs, and developing an updated framework for Aboriginal and Indigenous health education at Monash University.  Margaret's work has resulted in numerous publications and presentations at local and international meetings, as well as several competitive awards and travel grants. 

Margaret holds a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and demonstrates her leadership skills as the Faculty of Science early career researcher (ECR) representative.  A role in which she organises events and communications for ECRs and contributes to and chairs several committees.  Margaret has also held roles such as Wellbeing Champion and Green Impact program team leader within the School of Chemistry.  Roles that enabled her to practice and share her interests in nutrition, health and sustainability.

Monash teaching commitment

Unit co-ordinator for:

  • FSC5040 Food, nutrition and health
  • FSC5041 Advanced food, nutrition and health

Contribute lecture/workshop content or marking to:

  • FSC5080 Food science in practice
  • NUT1010 (NUT1011 online) Human Nutrition: An introduction to nutrients
  • NUT5004 Food for dietetic practice

Education/Academic qualification

Nutrition, Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Mar 2015Sep 2018

Award Date: 21 Jan 2019

Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Jan 2018Dec 2018

Nutrition Science, Honours degree of the Bachelor of Nutrition, MONASH UNIVERSITY

2014

Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, MONASH UNIVERSITY

20102013

Research area keywords

  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Food
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Trials
  • Dietetics
  • Food and Health
  • food and the environment
  • sustainable food systems

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