Researcher biography

My field of expertise is biochemistry and metabolism of dietary phytonutrients and plant toxins. I graduated at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany (Master and PhD) before I joined QAAFI in April 2011. In both, Master and PhD thesis I was focusing on bioactivity and bioavailability of polyphenols. I continued working in this area initially in a professional role before moving into a postdoctoral position to explore the area of metabolism of plant toxins in cattle in particular indospicine, an arginine analogue which is predominantly found in a legume called Indigofera and which is one of the main fodder for cattle in the arid regions of central Australia. In 2016 I have been awarded an Advance Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the potential development of a ruminal inoculum against the detrimental effects of indospicine.