Dr Caroline Giezenaar is a nutrition scientist with a strong background in protein metabolism. She received her PhD from the Adelaide Medical School, the University of Adelaide, in May 2018. During her PhD, she was responsible for the management and completion of multiple clinical trials, which has given her a solid knowledge base in all stages of (clinical) research, such as study design, data collection, and data analyses. She has authored >10 scientific manuscripts published in Q1 journals, including in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (IF 6.8). Furthermore, she has presented >20 conference abstracts in both oral and poster formats at national and international conferences. Caroline has received several awards and prizes; as a highlight, her PhD thesis was awarded with a medal for academic excellence by the Dean of the University of Adelaide.

Caroline joined the Riddet Institute as a postdoctoral researcher in 2018, where she is leading a project aiming to investigate the use of tryptophan-rich dairy proteins as a potential nutritional strategy to improve brain melatonin and serotonin production, to improve mood and sleep. She received a grant from the Palmerston North Medical Research Foundation for the project. 

Area of Expertise

protein metabolism, tryptophan metabolism, digestion and gastrointestinal function, ageing, energy intake regulation, satiety hormones, body composition, clinical trial design.