Matthew Piper

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

nutrition and lifelong health in Drosophila.


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Personal profile


  • 2001 - PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UNSW, AU
  • 2001-2003 - postdoc, Technical University of Delft, NL
  • 2003-2011 - postdoc, University College London, UK
  • 2011-2016 - Royal Society University Research Fellow, University College London, UK
  • 2016 - present - ARC Future Fellow, Monash University, AU

Research interests

I am interested in how nutrition affects various aspects of fitness and and long-term health. Our model organism of choice is the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

The interaction between an organism, nutrition and its environment is complex. Inevitably, organisms must consume a diet that is not perfectly matched to their requirements. They must therefore implement strategies to alter their ability to seek out, consume, absorb and metabolise various nutrients in a manner that is sensitive to their nutritional history as well as current and perceived future experiences. My work seeks to understand the mechansms by which organisms modulate these traits.

Together, these underpin a range of projects on insect behaviour and physiology. The application of these activities will enable us to use nutrition as a treatment to enhance health and ageing.

Research area keywords

  • nutrition
  • Drosophila
  • ageing
  • fitness
  • dietary restriction


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