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


Management & Administration


Laurette Batstone

SNI Project Manager

Michelle Heayns

PA to Director

John Henley-King

Associate Director - Operations

Prof. Joanne Hort

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

Prof. Warren McNabb

Massey University

Terri Palmer

Office Manager

Manu San Roman

Te Ohu Rangahau Kai Administrator

Melanie Ruffell

Stakeholder Relationship Manager

Wendy Shailer-Knight

Communications Officer

Meg Wedlock

Finance and Projects Administrator

Partner Reference Group


Prof. Phil Bremer

University of Otago

Dr Gavin Clark

Massey University

Dr Li Day

AgResearch

Dr Jocelyn Eason

Plant & Food Research

Dr Greg Murison

The University of Auckland

Research Leadership Group


Dr. Alejandra Acevedo-Fani

Massey University

Prof. John Bronlund

Massey University

Prof. Renwick Dobson

University of Canterbury

Dr Laura Domigan

University of Auckland

Dr David Everett

AgResearch

Prof. Manohar Garg

University of Newcastle & Massey University

Prof. Matt Golding

Massey University

John Henley-King

Associate Director - Operations

Prof. Joanne Hort

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

Assoc. Prof. Lisa Te Morenga

Massey University, Wellington

Prof. Indrawati Oey

University of Otago

Dr Andrew Reynolds

Otago University

Dr Kevin Sutton

Plant and Food Research

Prof. Aiqian Ye

Massey University

Fellow Laureate


Dist. Prof. Paul J Moughan

Massey University

Riddet Fellows


Prof. Juliet Gerrard

University of Auckland

Dist. Prof. Peter Hunter

University of Auckland

Dr John Monro

Plant & Food Research

Dist. Prof. R. Paul Singh

University of California, Davis

Prof. Gerald Tannock

University of Otago

Prof. Robert R. Wolfe

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Adjunct Professors


Dr Barbara Burlingame

Adjunct Professor

Dr David Everett

AgResearch

Dr Jeremy Hill

Adjunct Professor

Dr Eric Neumann

Adjunct Associate Professor

CoRE Principal Investigators


Prof. John Bronlund

Massey University

Prof. Leo Cheng

University of Auckland

Prof. Jillian Cornish

University of Auckland

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. Shaun Hendy

University of Auckland

Prof. Joanne Hort

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

Prof. Lisa Houghton

University of Otago

Dr Sara R Jaeger 

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Geoffrey Jameson

Massey University

Prof. Jim Mann

University of Otago

Prof. Warren McNabb

Massey University

Assoc. Prof. Lisa Te Morenga

Massey University, Wellington

Dist. Prof. Paul J Moughan

Massey University

Prof. Indrawati Oey

University of Otago

Prof. Emily Parker

Ferrier Research Institute Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Prof. Siew Young Quek

University of Auckland

Prof. Nicole Roy

University of Otago

Dr Kevin Sutton

Plant and Food Research

CoRE Associate Investigators


Dr. Alejandra Acevedo-Fani

Massey University

Dr Skelte Anema

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Dr Tim Angeli-Gordon

University of Auckland

Dr Matthew Barnett

AgResearch

Dr Mike Boland

Massey University

Prof. Gail M. Bornhorst

University of California, Davis

Prof. Hugh Campbell

University of Otago

Dr Stefan Clerens

AgResearch

Assoc. Prof. Cath Conlon

Massey University

Prof. Clive Davies

Massey University

Dr Laura Domigan

University of Auckland

Dr Graham Eyres

University of Otago

Dr Bruno Fedrizzi

University of Auckland

Dr Meika Foster

Edible Research Ltd

Dr Karl Fraser

AgResearch

Prof. Keith Gordon

University of Otago

Dr Lovedeep Kaur

Massey University

Dr Esther Kim

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Marlena Kruger

Massey University

Dr Evelyne Maes

AgResearch

Prof. Duncan McGillivray

University of Auckland

Dr Davide Mercadante

University of Auckland

Dr Jennifer Miles-Chan

University of Auckland

Assoc. Prof. Miranda Mirosa

University of Otago

Prof. Richard Mithen

University of Auckland

Dr Carlos Montoya

AgResearch

Mr Marco Morgenstern

Plant & Food Research

Dr Jane Mullaney

AgResearch

Dr Tony Mutukumira

Massey University

Dr Mei Peng

University of Otago

Dr Andrew Reynolds

Otago University

Prof. David S. Rowlands

Massey University

Prof. Elaine Rush

Auckland University of Technology

Dr Jaspreet Singh

Massey University

Prof. Mark Waterland

Massey University

Assoc. Prof. Catherine Whitby

Massey University

Prof. Bill Williams

Massey University

Prof. Peter Xu

University of Auckland

Prof. Aiqian Ye

Massey University

Prof. Brent Young

University of Auckland

Dr Wayne Young

AgResearch

Affiliated Researchers


Mirja Ahmmed

Massey University

Dr Alicia Barnett

AgResearch

Dr Ryan Chanyi

AgResearch

Dr Ao Chen

Massey University

Lirong Cheng

Massey University

Dr Sylvia Chungchunlam

Massey University

Dr Julie Dalziel

AgResearch

Dr Thomas Do

Massey University

Dr Andrew Fletcher

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Prof. Yi Huai Gao

Honorary Fellow, Massey University

Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson

Massey University

Dr Yiying Huang

Massey University - Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Agnes Hutchings

Massey University

Dr Sze Ying Leong

University of Otago

Dr Siqi Li

Massey University

Dr Janice Lim

Massey University

Dr Amanda Dupas De Matos

Massey University

Prof. Duncan McGillivray

University of Auckland

Dr Hannah McKerchar

Massey University

Joanna Nadia

Massey University

Dr Arup Nag

Massey University

Dr Noha Ahmed Nasef

Massey University

Dr Ali Rashidinejad

Massey University

Dr Debashree Roy

Massey University

Dr Nick Smith

Massey University

Dr Parthasarathi Subramanian

Massey University

Dr Vinod Suresh

University of Auckland

Dr Caroline Thum

AgResearch

Xin Wang

Massey University

Dr Fran Wolber

Massey University

Dr Michelle Yoo

Auckland University of Technology

Technical Staff


Paloma Craig

Massey University

Jack Cui

Massey University

Amrutha Elamurugan

Massey University

Zoe Jia

Massey University

Robyn Maggs

Massey University

Alice Mao

Massey University

Dr Kay Pilkington

Massey University

Barry Scott

Massey University

Dr Natascha Ströbinger

Massey University

Callum Tatton

Massey University

Yiran Wang

Massey University

Yu Zhang

Massey University

Dr Peter Zhu

Massey University

Postgraduate students


Abhilasha

Massey University, PhD Student

Natalie Ahlborn

AgResearch, PhD Student

Abayomi Ajala

Massey University, PhD Student

Saeed Alighaleh

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Geoff Ang

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Cai Ling Ang

Massey University, PhD Student

Marc Bailie

AgResearch, PhD Student

Tracey Bear

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Akashdeep Beniwal

Massey University, PhD Student

Amanda Board

University of Canterbury, PhD Student

Janita Botha

Massey University, PhD Student

Ethan Cain

Massey University - Teagasc, PhD Student

Caterina Carco

Massey University, PhD Student

Giovanna Castillo-Fernandez

Massey University, PhD Student

Lirong Cheng

Massey University

Josiah Cleland

Massey University, PhD Student

Nadeesha Dilrukshi

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Sam Duanmu

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Davide Fraccascia

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Simone Frame

Massey University - Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Maniapoto Iwi, PhD Student

Mariero Gawat

Massey University, PhD Student

Mariero Gawat

Massey University, PhD Student

Xi Gong

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Christine Halliday

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Aimee Harper

University of Canterbury - Plant and Food, PhD Student

Peter Hartono

University of Otago, PhD Student

Mengya He

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Anika Hoogeveen

Massey University, PhD Student

Nicholas Horlacher

University of Otago, PhD Student

Saeed Hosseini

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Shanalee James

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Isuri Jayawardana

Massey University, PhD Student

Ankita Jena

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Sherine Jesna

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Courtney Johnston

University of Otago, Masters Student

Alex Kanon

Massey University, PhD Student

Ramandeep Golan Kaur

Massey University, PhD Student

Dian Munoz Lintz

University of Canterbury, PhD Student

Taciana Lunelli

Massey University, PhD Student

Sihan Ma

Massey University, PhD Student

Johannes Magpusao

University of Otago, PhD Student

Catherine Maidment

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Boning Mao

Massey University, PhD Student

Ana Carolina Marshall

Massey University, PhD Student

Starin McKeen

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Pakawan Meesiri

Massey University, PhD Student

Nimisha Mohandas

Massey University, PhD Student

Natasha Nayak

Massey University, PhD Student

Linda Nezbedová

Massey University, PhD Student

Samantha O'Connor

Massey University, Masters Student

Samantha O'Connor

Massey University, Masters Student

Ama Frempomaaa Oduro

Massey University, PhD Student

Ama Frempomaa Oduro

Massey University, PhD Student

Gerald Olson

Massey University, PhD Student

Esther Onguta

Massey University, PhD Student

Nadun Palmada

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Zheng Pan

Massey University, PhD Student

Nabil Parkar

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Laura Payling

Massey University - AgResearch, PhD Student

Haroon Qazi

Massey University, PhD Student

Kizzy Rennie

Massey University, Master Student

Ashish Saharawat

Massey University, Masters Student

Aylin Sen

Massey University, PhD Student

Priyanka Sethupathy

Massey University, PhD Student

Danxia Shi

Massey University, PhD Student

Vito Geniselli Da Silva

Massey University, PhD Student

Anubhavi Singh

Massey University, Master Student

Xuan Song

Massey University, Master Student

Kai Steinmetz

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Ginny Su

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Limen Sui

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Patrick Tai

Massey University, PhD Student

Jacqui Tonkie

Massey University, PhD Student

Hamish Triln

University of Canterbury, PhD Student

Juncai Tu

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Jinghong Wang

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Ruibin Wang

Lincoln University, PhD Student

Xudong Wang

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Summer Wright

Massey University, PhD Student

Gang Wu

Massey University, PhD Student

Pu Xia

Massey University, Masters Student

Chengyi Yang

University of Otago, PhD Student

Mengxiao Yang

Massey University, PhD Student

Marit van der Zeijden

Massey University, PhD Student

Weihan Zhang

University of Auckland, PhD Student

Hafiza Iqra Zulfiqar

Massey University, PhD Student

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