Melissa is a PhD candidate within Deakin University’s Food & Mood Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration), Graduate Diploma in Psychology and Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). Melissa has a particular interest in the link between gut microbiota, diet and health outcomes.
Melissa is the study coordinator and associate investigator of the following project:
Dietary Interventions for Weight Loss in Adults with Obesity: A Randomised, Controlled Trial
(The MicroFit Study).
This research will compare changes to gut microbiota composition and functional potential following very-low energy diets (VLEDs). It will also assess whether gut microbiota alterations are associated with metabolic and mental health outcomes.
The MicroFit Study will contribute to the body of evidence showing gut microbiota change as a consequence of weight loss in individuals with obesity. It will also help to determine if the effect of weight loss on changes to gut microbiota should be attributed to energy-restricted diets per se or to the specific formulation of these diets.
Research areas and skills: Dietary weight loss interventions; obesity; gut microbiota; metabolic and psychological health.