Emily Davies is a PhD candidate based at Perth’s Murdoch University. Her doctoral thesis is assessing Australian herbal weight loss supplements (WLS) for quality and safety, analysing any potentially harmful ingredients prior to recommending WLS for efficacy studies via human clinical trials. “There are several things that I enjoy about my project, but the main one is the opportunity to use new techniques, such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, to determine the biochemical effects that herbal supplements have on human cells,” she says. Davies’ supervisory team includes Associate Professor Garth Maker (Murdoch University), Dr Samantha Lodge (ANPC/Murdoch University) and Dr Ian Musgrave (University of Adelaide). She is the recipient of a Future Food Systems CRC top-up scholarship.  For more information on Emily Davies’ and her PhD project, click here.

PhD student