The Monash University Department of Gastroenterology Translational Nutrition Science group is comprised of dietitians, scientists, postgraduate students and gastroenterologists working together to explore the role of food components in gastrointestinal conditions. Much of our work involves a group of poorly absorbed short chain carbohydrates (FODMAPs) and the most common gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Our team also has an interest in non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and crohn’s disease, natural food chemicals, hypnotherapy, infantile colic and prebiotics and probiotics for IBS management.

Professor of Gastroenterology
Professor Peter Gibson


Head of Translational Nutrition Science
Dr Jane Muir


Members of the team

Head of Technology

  • Bala Natarajan

Research Dietitians

  • Dr Jane Varney
  • Dr Emma Halmos
  • Dr Chu Kion Yao
  • Lyndal Collins
  • Jimmy Lee

Marketing and Administration 

  • Chloe Swiney

Laboratory team

  • Elizabeth Ly
  • Alex Bogatyrev

Graphic Designer

  • Mon Ouk

Post-graduate students

  • Pheobe Thwaites
  • Jessica Fitzpatrick
  • Alexandra Mack
  • Dakota Rhys-Jones
  • Karla Cameron
  • Sarah Melton
  • Ellen Anderson