Chocolate and Science

Speakers Michael Mah, Ashleigh Gould and Dr Enyuan Cao and MC Lara Mollé

L-R: Speakers Michael Mah, Ashleigh Gould and Dr Enyuan Cao, and MC Lara Mollé.

On Friday 1 July, 2022, HRM and Women in Chemistry (WinC) presented Chocolate and Science. This event showcased the latest in gut health research and a guided chocolate tasting from the local chocolate company, Ratio Chocolate Roasters.

First up to the mic was PhD candidate, Ashleigh Gould from Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) Drug Discovery Biology (DDB). Ashleigh shared her research on the immune system that lives inside your gut and how it networks with other systems in the gut in health and disease.

A presentation from Ratio Chocolate Roasters explained the benefits of chocolate for our overall health. A guided chocolate tasting of some of Ratio’s blends and single origin chocolates was enjoyed by all.

Dr Enyuan Cao from MIPS Drug Delivery Disposition and Dynamics (D4) informed us about how the lymphatic system is involved in digestion and transport of fats with an example of what happened to the chocolate we just ate. We were also treated to an awesome showcase of fantastic microscopy images.

Our final speaker, PhD Candidate Michael Mah from MIPS DDB, discussed the role ceramides play in health and disease and how his research is aiming to understand the implications of ceramide imbalance in different disease states.

Overall the event was a fantastic success showcasing some excellent early career research talent as well as sharing our science with the wider community.

Thank you to Associate Professor Angus Johnson for organising this event, Lara Mollé for being a wonderful MC, to our brilliant speakers and Ratio Chocolate Roasters for not only sharing their products with us but their knowledge as well.

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