Michelle Crino is a PhD student and FoodSwitch Database Manager at The George Institute for Global Health. Her work involves analyses and monitoring of food supply-based policies and nutritional composition of foods across countries.
In March 2014 Michelle commenced a PhD at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health. Collaborating with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Food and Obesity Systems, and the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS), Michelle’s project will provide new evidence on the effects of food/obesity policies on nutritional composition of processed foods on an international scale.
Michelle also works on a variety of FoodSwitch-related projects. As FoodSwitch Database Manager, Michelle co-ordinates, trains and provides advice and support to countries looking to develop food composition databases as well as FoodSwitch smartphone-applications. Additionally her work extends to working with researchers, policy makers, regulatory bodies and the food industry to provide accurate, up-to-date, easy-to-interpret data to support consumers to healthier food choices.
Both Michelle’s PhD and FoodSwitch-related work aim to help direct future policy efforts in creating a healthier food supply.
Michelle has extensive food science/technology and nutrition experience, particularly in reformulation of food products and food legislation. Michelle holds a BFSHN (Hons) and MPH.