Dr Jessica Danaher is an Early Career Development Fellow/Lecturer in nutrition and an accredited practising dietitian.Her research and teaching 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 a 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 and exercise interventions
- Nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics
- Metabolic health and nutrition related chronic diseases
- Exercise training and nutritional interventions for weight loss/maintenance, and metabolism in healthy and diseased populations
- Ergogenic aids for sports performance
Jessica is available to supervise Honours students, and to co-supervise PhD and Masters by Research students.
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.
Jessica has teaching experience in the areas of Nutritional Biochemistry, Nutrition for Sports Performance, Advanced Experimental Techniques, Diet and Disease, and Food Allergens and Toxicology. She is the course coordinator of two courses offered to Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition and Food Technology) students at RMIT Melbourne, the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and through Open Universities Australia (OUA):
- OHTH2068 Nutrition, Health and Disease
- ONPS2515 Food Toxicology, Allergens and Health
- 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.,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
- The influence of gene variants on physiological responses to a calorie reduced Mediterranean diet; A nutritional genomics focus. Funded by: Allen Foundation Grant 2018 from (2018 to 2021)