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Dr Sandip Kamath earned his PhD student at the Molecular Immunology Group at James Cook University, Townsville. He completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Mumbai University, India in 2005 and a Masters of Biotechnology from RMIT University, Melbourne in 2008. His PhD thesis was on the identification and molecular characterization of novel allergens in Australian shellfish species and impact of heat processing on their allergenicity. The main objective of the PhD topic was to improve the current shellfish allergy diagnostics, by creating an Asian-Pacific specific allergen panel. Making it more reflective of the seafood species consumed in Australia.


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Paula Brown is a Paediatric Dietitian and PhD Scholar at the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, University of Queensland. She has a specialist interest in young child nutrition, gut microbiota, allergy and DOHAD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease).

Ronda GreavesDr Ronda Greaves

Dr Ronda Greaves is the Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry at RMIT University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne Australia. Ronda is specialist is paediatric clinical biochemistry with specialist knowledge related to the analysis of hormones and vitamins by mass spectrometry. She is highly experienced in the field of harmonisation / standardisation of laboratory medicine, chairing the Asia Pacific Mass Spectrometry Harmonisation Working Group and participating as a member of the European COST action for DSDnet Working Group 3. Ronda’s Clinical Biochemistry Mass Spectrometry Laboratory develops candidate reference methods for small molecular weight molecules and is currently collaborating with the Centre for Food and Allergy Research to investigate the potential relationship of vitamin D levels in blood to the likelihood of developing a food allergy.

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Sarah is a PhD candidate enrolled through the Monash Translation Health Precinct at The Hudson Institute and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She started her PhD with the Cancer and Disease Epigenetics group and Gastro & Food Allergy in 2013 under the supervision of Professor Katrina Allen, Professor Richard Saffery, Dr David Martino, Dr Justine Ellis & Dr Stefan White. Her project examines the genomic pathways involved in food allergy. This includes a recently conducted genome wide association study of peanut allergies and a candidate gene study with a focus on the role of the skin barrier.

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Dr Rebecca Hill is the Theme Leader for Gastroenterology, Food Allergy and Intolerance research at the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, which is part of the Child Health Research Centre at The University of Queensland. She has a particular interest in the gut as the major immune organ of the body and how insults to the gut environment affect later health and the development of non-communicable diseases such as allergy, obesity and autoimmune conditions (e.g. IBD).

Jessica MetcalfeJessica Metcalfe

Jessica is a PhD candidate with the University of Western Australia (UWA) School of Paediatrics and Child Health, under the supervision of Prof Susan Prescott, A/Prof Debbie Palmer and Dr Nina D’Vaz. Jessica began working as a Research Assistant with Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research under Susan Prescott in 2009, which soon provoked her interest in the primary prevention of allergy. Jessica’s PhD project (The QuEST Study) will examine the role of varying maternal dietary egg intake during lactation, on the egg content of human milk, and the subsequent effects on infant immunity. In June 2015, Jessica was invited to present at the College of Lactation Consultants Education evening on the topic of discussion: food allergy and breast milk. She hopes to complete and submit her PhD Thesis by February, 2016.

John Molloy Photo 1Dr John Molloy

Dr John Molloy is a paediatrician who completed his Bachelor of Medicine from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2003. He undertook his postgraduate medical training in Ireland and Australia. He is a PhD student with Deakin University, The Barwon Infant Study and MCRI under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Peter Vuillermin, Professor Katrina Allen and Professor Mimi Tang. His PhD is looking at the potential relationship between vitamin D, gut microbiota and food allergy.