Lauren Cornall is discovering new treatments for chronic diseases with her PhD research.
"VU’s nutritional therapy degree offered great opportunities for my career development including workplace learning in clinics.
I graduated and went on to do my honours year in biomedical science research. My supervisors and VU staff supported and encouraged me to continue with postgraduate studies.
I received a scholarship from the National Heart Foundation of Australia to undertake my PhD at VU researching new treatments for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. At the same time I completed the Master of Science in Dietetics.
I was a semi-finalist for the 2013 BASF Science and Technology Award, and a finalist in the 2014 Award category as part of the Victorian Young Achievers Awards. Being recognised among my peers in the state meant a lot.
I also tutor and mentor students. I hope to continue in this role to help train and develop future scientists."