Jessica is a passionate advocate for the communication of complex scientific information in a light and approachable way to the general public, which can be seen in the scientific diagrams and informational material she creates. In her time off, Jess can be found playing board games, camping, making jewellery, and trying out new gut-friendly recipes with friends.
Jessica is a Research Assistant on the following research project:
The Moo’D Study: A double-blinded, randomised, controlled trial of A2 vs conventional dairy products in women with low mood
- Beta-caseins are a type of protein naturally found in cow’s milk. There are two main types of beta-casein – A1 and A2. Conventional dairy products contain a mixture of A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins, whereas A2 dairy products exclusively contain the A2 protein. Research has shown that A1 and A2 proteins digest differently and this may impact a range of health outcomes.
- This trial aims to evaluate the comparative effects of 16-week consumption of dairy products containing only A2 beta-casein versus dairy products containing both A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins on women’s mental and physical wellbeing. This study is undertaken at University Hospital Geelong and is currently recruiting.
- Jessica will be assisting Meghan and Hajara who will focus on the mood and cognitive-related outcomes, and the gut function and body composition outcomes, respectively.
Research areas & skills: Scientific communication; Gut microbiota; Gut-brain axis interactions