Steven Hamley is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research project is about the metabolic and physiological responses to a meal in healthy people (e.g. glucose metabolites and insulin signalling), to see whether this is altered in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and if so, whether these responses can be altered by a short term diet intervention.
For his honours thesis, his research group was the first to demonstrate that only 1 week of a simple diet switch completely reversed diet-induced glucose intolerance in mice, and then followed this up by investigating the metabolic and biochemical basis for the change. Steven’s honours thesis received the highest mark in the school, earning him two student prizes and a PhD scholarship.