Emma Beckett

Hamilton, New South Wales

Scientist, biomedical researcher

An early-career researcher at the University of Newcastle, Emma is interested in how the way we taste food changes our gut bacteria (our microbiome) and the influence this has on our health. Emma’s mixed scientific background, with experience in immunology and microbiology, food science and human nutrition and epidemiology, puts her in a unique position to answer this multi-faceted question. She will use this grant to collect pilot data on taste-diet-microbiome interaction to kickstart her research. “Our bodies have more bacteria than human cells and our taste receptors may impact what we eat and how we detect these bacteria. Understanding this could help design interventions for diseases to the microbiome, including diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and help personalise nutrition.”

Emma Beckett