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Research Biography

Prior to founding the Chronic Disease Research Laboratory, Elke headed the Cerebrovascular Research Lab for ten years. During this time, her research focussed on understanding the mechanisms contributing to endothelial dysfunction in the brain and was aimed towards developing therapeutic strategies to improve cerebrovascular health. Her laboratory was the first to show evidence of the direct impact of the gut microbiome on vascular function in the brain. This brought attention to the idea that a paradigm shift needs to occur whereby gut health is addressed as we treat conditions outside the gut, including cerebrovascular disease.

This work, coupled with her family’s personal health challenges, has led to an acute awareness of the importance of the gut microbiome and an understanding that health can be restored when the underlying cause of disease is identified. To fill this unmet clinical need, her research investigates the root cause of chronic diseases and tests clinical therapies and interventions that support patient health and recovery.

Research Interests

chronic disease


intestinal epithelial barrier function

metabolic health

wearable technologies

food nutrient density

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A Critical Assessment of the Characterisation of Traumatic Brain Injury using Phosphorus Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Award Date: 1 May 1997


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Research Areas

  • Medical biosciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Micronutrients
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic disease
  • Intestinal epithelial biology, dietary factors


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