Passionate. Genuine. Informed.
Professionally, I am a Research Scientist and a Registered Nutritionist. I’m also a runner, a cyclist and I love the focus and intensity of Pilates. When you combine all of this with two small kids and living in a land far-away from family, my life centres around being fit and feeling energised.
My journey with nutrition science started way back in school. I was always into sport (ballet, athletics, tennis, you name it in a small country town!) and biology, and so I liked learning about how our bodies work, how they’re fuelled and how they deal with disease.
In truth, I wanted to be a Veterinarian. Instead I stayed close to home and began an Agricultural Science degree. In that first year, the chemistry and geology (aka ‘dirt science’) almost extinguished my passion but after considering an early career change as a personal trainer, I persisted into second year where the biochemistry and zoology really grabbed my interest and shaped my direction into nutrition, physiology and food science. Fortunately, I also met my (now) husband, who was an athlete at the elite level… so together, nutrition and sport naturally played a central role in our lives.
After I graduated with a first class Honours Bachelor degree, my need for learning, understanding and (over!) thinking about things, directed me to research and I completed Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nutritional biology. What followed was two years teaching both physiology and nutrition at University before my path headed off behind the microscope, starting a decade long career and passion for understanding how animal and human bodies respond to the food we provide.
As I progressed as a post-doctoral research scientist, working quite fundamentally at a cellular level, I had this underlying, niggling drive to really take the knowledge I had and which I always sought out, and apply it more closely and realistically to helping people. To apply that knowledge to really make a difference and impact positively on people lives.
Enter curve ball; an opportunity to leave the comforts of my home town, friends and family, and a progressing career, for life on the other side of the world, essentially as a ‘trailing spouse’. I heard it all. “You are throwing away your career and all you’ve worked for” and many iterations along these lines, but something in my gut told me it was right.
So we took a punt. We packed up and moved from Australia to Germany almost eight years ago now. And what a move it has been. We have been fortunate enough to have 2 wonderful kids, I have continued to work collaboratively with my colleagues in Australia whilst working successfully in research in the German system.
What’s more, it has given me the space, perspective and opportunity to really follow my passion. I continue to evolve and grow as a nutrition professional, in my research and also directly working with people, to affect real change in peoples lives.
Dr. Megan Mitchell B. Ag Sci (Hons). PhD. RNutr.
Registered Nutritionist (RNutr.) Nutrition Society of Australia, Inc
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of Adelaide, Australia
Bachelor Ag Science (first class Honours), University of Adelaide, Australia
Food Hypersensitivity and Gastrointestinal Allergies (Imperial College, London UK)