Our People

Staff are located throughout New Zealand at our partner organisations, with some overseas. Scientists work on a range of research programmes including the CoRE research programme, other government funded programmes and research for industry. Below you will see how our staff encompass a variety of national universities and institutions, as well as more international locations further afield.

The Institute seeks to celebrate diversity at all levels of our organisation. We are committed to the proactive development of staff and students in the Institute and the inclusion of people from under-represented groups. Our aim is to achieve gender parity at all levels of the CoRE science team, coupled with a significant increase in the participation of Māori and Pacific staff. We consider that a culture embracing equity and diversity is intrinsic to better science and innovation.

Meet our Scientists

Board


Prof. Jim Metson

University of Auckland

Mark Piper

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Miriana Stephens

Wakatū Incorporation

Prof. Jan Thomas

Massey University

Scientific Advisory Panel


Prof. Teresa Davis

Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Prof. Paul Ross

University College Cork, Ireland

Prof. Rickey Yada

University of British Colombia, Canada

Management & Administration


Michelle Heayns

PA to Director

Mr. John Henley-King

Associate Director - Operations

Prof. Joanne Hort

Fonterra Riddet Chair in Consumer and Sensory Science, Massey University and Associate Director Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Riddet Institute

Prof. Warren McNabb

Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Mrs. Terri Palmer

Office Manager

Manu San Roman

Te Ohu Rangahau Kai Administrator

Ms. Melanie Ruffell

Stakeholder Relationship Manager

Wendy Shailer-Knight

Communications Officer

Meg Wedlock

Finance and Projects Administrator

Research Leadership Group


Prof. John Bronlund

Massey University

Dr David Everett

AgResearch

Prof. Matt Golding

Massey University

Mr. John Henley-King

Associate Director - Operations

Prof. Indrawati Oey

University of Otago

Fellow Laureate


Dist. Prof. Paul J Moughan

Massey University

Riddet Fellows


Prof. Juliet Gerrard

The University of Auckland

Prof. Peter Hunter

The University of Auckland

Dr. John Monro

Plant & Food Research

Prof. R. Paul Singh

University of California, Davis & Massey University

Prof. Gerald Tannock

University of Otago

Professor Robert R. Wolfe

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Adjunct Professors


Dr. Barbara Burlingame

Adjunct Professor

Dr. David Everett

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Eric Neumann

Adjunct Professor

CoRE Principal Investigators


Prof. John Bronlund

Massey University

Prof. Leo Cheng

The University of Auckland

Prof. Jillian Cornish

University of Auckland

Assoc. Prof. Renwick Dobson

University of Canterbury

Dr David Everett

AgResearch

Prof. Manohar Garg

University of Newcastle & Massey University

Prof. Matt Golding

Massey University

Dr. Pramod Gopal

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Joanne Hort

Fonterra Riddet Chair in Consumer and Sensory Science, Massey University and Associate Director Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Riddet Institute

Dr Sara R Jaeger 

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Geoffrey Jameson

Massey University

Prof. Jim Mann

University of Otago

Prof. Warren McNabb

Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Associate Prof. Lisa Te Morenga

Massey University, Wellington

Dist. Prof. Paul J Moughan

Massey University

Prof. Indrawati Oey

University of Otago

Emily Parker

Ferrier Research Institute Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Siew Young Quek

The University of Auckland

Prof. Nicole Roy

University of Otago

Dr. Kevin Sutton

Science Group Leader, Food & Bioproducts Technology Food Innovation, Plant and Food Research

CoRE Associate Investigators


Dr. Alejandra Acevedo-Fani

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Eric Altermann

AgResearch

Dr. Skelte Anema

Affiliated Researcher, Fonterra

Dr. Tim Angeli-Gordon

Affiliated Researcher, University of Auckland

Dr. Matthew Barnett

AgResearch

Dr. Mike Boland

Massey University

Assoc. Prof. Gail M. Bornhorst

University of California, Davis

Phil Bremer

Department of Food Science, University of Otago

Dr. Stefan Clerens

AgResearch

Prof. Clive Davies

Massey University

Dr. Laura Domigan

University of Auckland

Bruno Fedrizzi

University of Auckland

Dr Meika Foster

Director & New Zealand Registered Dietitian, Edible Research Ltd

Dr. Karl Fraser

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Prof. Keith Gordon

University of Otago

Dr. Suzanne Hodgkinson

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Lovedeep Kaur

Massey University

Esther Kim

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Marlena Kruger

Massey University

Evelyne Maes

AgResearch

Prof. Duncan McGillivray

University of Auckland

Dr. Davide Mercadante

Affiliated Researcher, The University of Auckland

Dr Jennifer Miles-Chan

University of Auckland

Assoc. Prof. Miranda Mirosa

University of Otago

Dr. Carlos Montoya

AgResearch

Mr. Marco Morgenstern

Plant & Food Research

Dr. Jane Mullaney

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr Tony Mutukumira

Massey University

Dr. Mei Peng

University of Otago

Dr Andrew Reynolds

Associate Investigator, Otago University

Professor David S. Rowlands

Massey University

Prof. Elaine Rush

Auckland University of Technology

Dr. Jaspreet Singh

Massey University

Assoc. Prof. Mark Waterland

Massey University

Catherine Whitby

Massey University

Prof. Bill Williams

Massey University

Prof. Peter Xu

The University of Auckland

Prof. Aiqian Ye

Massey University

Professor Brent Young

University of Auckland

Dr. Wayne Young

AgResearch

Affiliated Researchers


Dr. Alicia Barnett

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr. Shalome Bassett

Affiliated Researcher, Fonterra

Dr. Ryan Chanyi

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Ao Chen

Post Doctoral Fellow

Sylvia Chungchunlam

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Julie Dalziel

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr Thomas Do

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Maria J Ferrua

Affiliated Researcher, Fonterra

Dr Andrew Fletcher

Honorary Industry Fellow

Dr. Luke Fullard

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Prof. Yi Huai Gao

Honorary Fellow, Massey University

Dr. Sharon Henare

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Blair Lawley

Affiliated Researcher, University of Otago

Dr. Sze Ying Leong

Affiliated Researcher, University of Otago

Dr Siqi Li

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr Janice Lim

Post Doctoral Researcher

Dr Amanda Dupas De Matos

Post Doctoral Fellow

Prof. Duncan McGillivray

Affiliated Researcher, University of Auckland

Joanna Nadia

Junior Research Officer

Dr Arup Nag

Senior Research Officer

Dr. Noha Ahmed Nasef

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Ali Rashidinejad

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Elizabeth Rettedal

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr Debashree Roy

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr Nick Smith

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Parthasarathi Subramanian

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Vinod Suresh

Affiliated Researcher, University of Auckland

Dr. Caroline Thum

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr. Dulantha Ulluwishewa

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr. Fran Wolber

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Michelle Yoo

Affiliated Researcher, Auckland University of Technology

Technical Staff


Feng Ming Chian

Research Assistant, Massey University

Paloma Craig

Massey University

Jack Cui

Massey University

Dr Natascha Ströbinger

Massey University

Callum Tatton

Research Technician, Massey University

Peter Zhu

Massey University

Postgraduate students


Abhilasha

PhD Student

Natalie Ahlborn

AgResearch

Saeed Alighaleh

PhD Student

Geoff Ang

PhD Student

Cailing Ang

PhD Student

Marc Bailie

PhD Student

Tracey Bear

PhD Student

Akashdeep Beniwal

PhD Student

Amanda Board

PhD Student

Janita Botha

PhD Student

Caterina Carco

PhD Student

Bangxiang Chen

PhD Student

Lirong Cheng

PhD Student

Josiah Cleland

PhD Student

Davide Fraccascia

PhD Student

Simone Frame

Masters Student

Christine Halliday

PhD Student

Aimee Harper

PhD Student

Anika Hoogeveen

PhD Student

Saeed Hosseini

PhD Student

Shanalee James

PhD Student

Isuri Jayawardana

PhD Student

Ankita Jena

PhD Student

Sherine Jesna

PhD Student

Alex Kanon

PhD Student

Dion Munoz Lintz

PhD Student

Taciana Lunelli

PhD Student

Sihan Ma

PhD Student

Johannes Magpusao

PhD Student

Boning Mao

Master Student

Ana Carolina Marshall

PhD Student

Starin McKeen

PhD Student

Nimisha Mohandas

PhD Student

Natasha Nayak

PhD Student

Linda Nezbedová

PhD Student

Gerald Olson

PhD Student

Esther Onguta

PhD Student

Nadun Palmada

PhD Student

Zheng Pan

PhD Student

Laura Payling

PhD Student

Haroon Qazi

PhD Student

Jeanette Rapson

PhD Student

Aylin Sen

Postgraduate Student, Massey University

Priyanka Sethupathy

PhD Student, Massey University

Danxia Shi

PhD Student

Kai Steinmetz

PhD Student

Patrick Tai

PhD Student

Jacqui Tonkie

PhD Student

Gang Wu

PhD Student

Marit van der Zeijden

PhD Student

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