Maria Nunez Salces

Maria Nunez Salces

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

PhD Project: Nutrient-sensing mechanisms involved in the secretion of gastric ghrelin in health and obesity.

I am a graduate in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as in Food Science and Technology. Throughout the period of my undergraduate studies I had the opportunity of doing internships and jobs under diverse roles. For instance, I worked within a Nutritional Biochemistry research team that focused on development of new foods for prevention and treatment of childhood overweight and obesity. On the other hand, I also worked in a healthcare centre as a Dietitian.

In 2013, I started my postgraduate studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. Where I joined the Molecular Biology and Genetics department to study the potential health benefits of a particular milk protein. After finishing my master's degree, I moved to Australia to continue my studies.
Currently, I am a PhD student in Medicine at the Adelaide University. The focus of my project is to investigate the involvement of nutrient-sensing mechanisms for the control of gastric ghrelin secretion. Moreover, the project also aims to investigate such mechanisms under different conditions, like obesity or gastrointestinal diseases.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 - 2015 Postgraduate student Aarhus University
    2011 - 2011 Intern University of Granada, Granada
    2011 - 2011 Research assistant University of Granada
    2010 - 2010 Dietitian Grupo NC Salud
    2009 - 2010 Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Albayzín Care Centre
    2009 - 2009 Dietetic Internship Albayzín College
    2009 - 2009 Community Nutrition Adviser International Fair of Andalusian Sports (Sport Medicine Team)
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award Best Poster (PhD researcher) South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Australia
    2016 Scholarship Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI) University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 Distinction Honorary Youth Goodwill Ambassador of Denmark Copenhagen Capacity Denmark
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish - Latin American Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2019 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine
    2013 - 2015 Aarhus University, Aarhus Denmark MSc in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology
    2009 - 2012 University of Granada, Granada Spain BSc in Food Science and Technology
    2005 - 2008 University of Granada, Granada Spain BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Research Interests

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