Melissa Whitrow

Dr Melissa Whitrow

Affiliate Research Fellow

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am a paediatric epidemiologist with a research focus on childhood growth, nutrition, obesity and asthma. I work with human cohort studies, analysing and interpreting information about children’s lives that has been collected at repeated time points from their birth (or earlier, during gestation) and over childhood. Data of this type enables me to provides unique insights into the growth patterns of children and the early life social and biological determinants of growth and health.

I am currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management and have an Adjunct Lecturer role at The University of Adelaide.

I am a paediatric epidemiologist with a research focus on childhood growth, nutrition, obesity and asthma.  I work with human cohort studies; analysing and interpreting information about children’s lives that has been collected at repeated time points from their birth (or earlier, during gestation) and throughout childhood.  Data of this type enables me to provides unique insights into the growth patterns of children and the early life social and biological determinants of growth and health.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Adjunct Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2019 Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2008 Career Development Fellow Medical Reserach Council
    2002 - 2005 Associate Lecturer The University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2009 Award Outstanding contribution to the American Journal of Epidemiology
    2009 Award Faculty of 1000 Biology
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 University of South Australia Australia Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management
    2004 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1998 The University of Adelaide Australia BSc (Hons)
  • Research Interests

Competitive Research Funding
International Competitive Schemes
Date            Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2015 University of Adelaide Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship                                                                                                          $29,000
2015 Project Support Grant from the Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, entitled ‘Are women with polycystic ovary syndrome at greater risk of postnatal depression?’     $15,000
  • Position: Affiliate Research Fellow
  • Email: melissa.whitrow@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Room: 1 30
  • Org Unit: School of Public Health

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