- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: PhD
- Degree(s): Master of Medicine
PhDMed (Nutrition Science / Translational Research PhD Program)
Meet Dr Matt Snelson who graduated from his PhD in October 2019.
"My PhD explored the effects of a processed diet on gut homeostasis and the influence that these changes have on the development of diabetic kidney disease.
I trained as a clinical dietitian and worked for several years at Royal Perth Hospital, helping people with diabetes and diabetic kidney disease, as well as working as a volunteer for Diabetes WA, educating community groups about diabetes. It was this regular interaction with patients that provided the motivation to better understand how nutrition could improve the lives of patients.
I'm now conducting a clinical trial looking at prebiotics in patients with diabetic kidney disease. This work builds on my PhD and is a way to translate the fundamental research findings I made during my studies into meaningful outcomes for patients.
My PhD has helped prepare me for this by providing experience with experimental techniques and in-depth knowledge of diabetic kidney disease, but also the soft skills – such as project management and communicating with stakeholders - which allow clinical trials to take place."
Another key accomplishment for Matt this year was running his first full marathon with Team Monash, helping raise money for asylum seeker scholarships.
"Running a full marathon has been on my bucket list for a while; my wife and I are expecting our second child early next year, so it was a case of now or never! (Or at least not for a few years).
It was a great experience, and I was really proud to be part of a team raising money for Asylum Seeker scholarships at Monash. I've been very lucky to receive government assistance during my tertiary education, which those seeking asylum aren't eligible for. I hope that the funds raised will contribute to making a meaningful difference to someone's education and life."