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APEC-Australia Women in Research
Fellowship 2023
Dr Ashwini Gengatharan
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Home Economy: Malaysia

Host Institution: Curtin University


Project Title: Investigating the cost-effective microwave-assisted processing of Australian bushfoods as potential precursors of natural food ingredients.


Project Outline: For centuries, Australian edible flora or bushfoods have been essential to the diet and medicine of the Australian First Nations People. These bushfoods have adapted to Australia's unique climate and are packed with beneficial phytochemicals, fibre, amino acids, minerals, and  antioxidants that offer various health advantages With the surge in awareness and

interest regarding the plausible influence of food on human health with the adage "You are what you eat" among modern consumers, this endeavour aims to revalorize Australian bushfoods into potential natural food ingredients.

Reasons for applying for fellowship: This fellowship offers access to state-of-the-art facilities, resources, and funding opportunities that may be limited in my home economy. This enables me to undertake experiments that push the boundaries of my field and elevate my work quality. Working alongside leading scientists in Australia would allow me to learn from their experiences, methodologies, and research practices. These collaborations stimulate innovative thinking, promote interdisciplinary research approaches, and nurture my global visibility. The resulting network of international collaborations would establish lasting professional relationships and open doors for future collaborations, publications, joint projects, and cross-cultural understanding.


Past Achievements:

  • Secured the competitive Tan Sri Jeffery Cheah Higher Degree Research Scholarship to undertake a PhD degree in Food Science at Monash University Malaysia.

  • Invitations to present at numerous prestigious local & international conferences.

  • Campus winner of the prestigious Monash University 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

  • Higher Education Research Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) early-career travel grant to present my education-themed research findings at the HERDSA Conference, Australia.

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