The community of microorganisms that live in our gut are incredibly important for our health, mostly because of the huge variety of substances they produce that can positively or negatively impact our immune, nervous and metabolic systems. It was this fact that captured my interest and drew me away from studying stress physiology in fish to researching how the gut microbiome may be influencing our health, and what we can do to in our daily lives to encourage a well-functioning microbiome. I am also interested in science communication to make the latest research accessible to non-scientists.
A couple years ago I found a role that combined these two interests at a new Brisbane-based biotech company called Microba. As part of my role, I get to follow my passion and develop science content to inform various audiences about the latest findings in this emerging field and inform new research projects at Microba.