Dr Jessica Danaher is a Lecturer in Nutrition and an Accredited Practising DietitianHer research and teaching primarily focuses on diet and disease, and translating genomic research into practice to personalise nutrition recommendations.
Dr Jessica Danaher joined the School of Science at RMIT University in September 2017 as an Early Career Development Fellow and Lecturer in Nutrition.
Jessica completed her doctorate in 2017, exploring human obesity genetics and skeletal muscle metabolism using nutrition and exercise stressors. Throughout her research career she has also run clinical research projects on ergogenic aid combinations, heat and altitude training, and food service systems. In the finishing stages of her doctorate, Jessica simultaneously completed a Masters of Dietetics, and she is now an Accredited Practicing Dietitian.
Jessica's current areas of research include:
- Personalised nutrition (nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics)
- Metabolic health and nutrition related diseases
- Nutritional interventions for optimising health in adult and elderly populations
- Functional foods and alternative proteins
Jessica may also be contacted via her LinkedIn profile.
Summary of Responsibilities
Dr Jessica Danaher contributes to teaching and research activities within the Biosciences and Food Technology Discipline, in the School of Science, and specifically within the field of nutrition. Her responsibilities include carrying out teaching activities within undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Food Technology and Nutrition (as well as with overseas partner institutes), and for maintaining and advancing scholarly, research and professional capabilities.
Teaching and Leadership Responsibilities
Jessica is the Program Manager of BH099 Bachelor of Science (Food Technology & Nutrition)/Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)(Hons).
Jessica is the Course Coordinator of:
- ONPS2135 Food Toxicology, Allergens and Health (Undergraduate)
- OHTH2068 Nutrition, Health and Disease (Undergraduate)
- OHTH2080 Nutrition, Health and Disease (Postgraduate)
These courses are offered to Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Technology) students at RMIT Melbourne and the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Masters of Science (Food Technology) students at RMIT Melbourne.
- PhD (Biomedical Science), Victoria University (2012 - 2017)
- Masters of Dietetics, Deakin University (2015 - 2016)
- BSc Hon (Nutritional Therapy), Victoria University (2008 - 2011)
- Clinical Bone Densitometry, Australian & New Zealand Bone & Mineral Society (2012)
- IV Cannulation & Phlebotomy, a+a Training (2012)
- Certificate III in Fitness (Fitness Instructor) (2007)
Jessica's previous academic and industry roles include:
- New Graduate Clinical Dietitian (St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, 2017)
- Sessional Lecturer (Deakin University, 2017)
- Phlebotomist (The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, 2017)
- Research Fellow (Deakin University, 2016)
- Victoria Clinical Director: Health Promotion (Special Olympics Australia, 2014 - 2017)
- Sessional Academic: Lecturer and Lab Demonstrator (Victoria University, 2012 - 2015)
- Dietitians Association of Australia (Provisional Accredited Practicing Dietitian)
- Australasian Medical Writers Association
- Australia and New Zealand Metabolomics Network
- Nutrition & Dietetics
- Danaher, J.,Stathis, C.,Wilson, R.,Moreno-Asso, A.,Wellard, M.,Cooke, M. (2020). High intensity exercise downregulates FTO mRNA expression during the early stages of recovery in young males and females In: Nutrition and Metabolism, 17, 1 - 14
- Lockrey, S.,Verghese, K.,Danaher, J.,Newman, L.,Barichello, V. (2019). The role of packaging for Australian fresh produce In: Australian Fresh Produce Alliance Melbourne, Australia
- Danaher, J.,Stathis, C.,Cooke, M. (2019). Similarities in metabolic flexibility and hunger hormone ghrelin exist between FTO gene variants in response to an acute dietary challenge In: Nutrients, 11, 1 - 1
- Danaher, J.,Gerber, T.,Wellard, M.,Stathis, C.,Cooke, M. (2016). The use of metabolomics to monitor simultaneous changes in metabolic variables following supramaximal low volume high intensity exercise In: Metabolomics, 12, 1 - 7
- Danaher, J.,Gerber, T.,Wellard, M.,Stathis, C. (2014). The effect of beta-alanine and NaHCO3 co-ingestion on buffering capacity and exercise performance with high-intensity exercise in healthy males In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114, 1715 - 1724
2 PhD Current Supervisions and 2 Masters by Research Current Supervisions
- The influence of gene variants on physiological responses to a calorie reduced Mediterranean diet; A nutritional genomics focus. Funded by: Allen Foundation Grant 2018 onwards from (2018 to 2021)