Devin Benheim. BSc(Hons), PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher. La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia
I completed a PhD in metabolomics/analytical chemistry in a joint project between La Trobe University and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria Australia. The project investigated the change in metabolic profile of grapevine leaves in response to subterranean feeding of the sap-sucking insect grapevine phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae Fitch), the most economically important and destructive viticultural pest. Studies were conducted under both field and glasshouse conditions. Method development and novel techniques were developed on both NMR and LC-MS platforms. Several key biomarkers were discovered which will significantly aid in the early detection of grapevine phylloxera.
In general, my research interests are plant and soil metabolomics, instrumental method development, statistical modelling and muti-omics integration. My current projects are rather diverse: Nutrigenomic and metabolomics approaches in nutritional studies using the model organism c. elegans, biomarkers of rumen function in milk and urine of dairy cows & investigation of intestinal permeability of the human digestive tract in healthy and critically ill patients.
I have a passion for the development and implementation of modern learning models toward the fostering of professional relationships, the enhanced communication of science and creation of national and international collaborative and support opportunities.