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Dr Jessica Biesiekierski Senior Lecturer - Dietetics, Dietetics & Human Nutrition

Jessica is a Registered Nutritionist and Senior Lecturer (Teaching & Research) of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. Jessica is currently La Trobe's course coordinator of the Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Bundoora campus) and co-course coordinator of the Bachelor of Food & Nutrition (online via OUA) degrees. Her research focus is in digestive health and has expertise in the dietary management of gastrointestinal disorders.

Jessica is a past Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders at KU Leuven in Belgium, where she explored gastric nutrient sensing and how diet can alter the physiological response to meal ingestion. Her research focused on understanding the acute mechanistic effects of specific nutrients on the peripheral (gastrointestinal physiology and microbiome, symptoms, humoral) and central (emotions, neural) responses and the putative interactions between gut-brain signalling in health and different disease states.

Jessica completed her PhD with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, investigating the effects of gluten and carbohydrates as inducers of gastrointestinal symptoms in adults without coeliac disease. Her PhD research gained Jessica the expertise in conducting large, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, human dietary trials, population surveys and food composition analysis.

Jessica is a regular invited speaker and chairperson at international medical and nutrition science conferences and a frequent peer-reviewer for several gastroenterology and nutrition science journals. Jessica’s most notable achievements include being awarded the Rome Foundation’s Ken Heaton Award for the Most Cited Paper on Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders twice (2015 and 2013), the 2011 Nutrition Society of Australia Early Career Award and the 2009 Australian Gastroenterology Douglas Piper Clinical Young Investigator Award.


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