Chloe Douglas



Bachelor of Sciences

Bachelor of Health Science, Honours (BHSc)


Chloe attended University of Adelaide where she completed her undergraduate degree in 2013. She then went on to complete her honours program at the Robinson Research Institute in 2014. Her honours thesis topic was titled ‘The effect of maternal overweight and obesity on PPARGC1A gene DNA methylation in the newborn: a link to future obesity?’Chloe later went on to work with Beverly Muhlhausler and Irmeli Penttila as a research assistant in the Healthy Mother, Babies and Children’s theme in 2015. She started her PhD at the end of 2015 and was awarded a Health Science divisional scholarship to support her during her PhD study. Chloe is due to complete her PhD in November 2018.

Research interests
Neonatal health and nutrition, nutritional immunology, gastrointestinal microbiome, nutritional modifications of the microbiome.

PhD Project Title

Investigating the role of the microbiome in infant health: The effects of omega 3 fatty acids on the composition of the breast milk microbiome and development of the gut microbiota in term and preterm infants

Irmeli Penttila, Beverly Muhlhausler, Geraint Rogers, Karen Best

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