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. Richard Barker

University of Otago

Mr. Renée Dedoncker

Industry representative

Dr. Jolon Dyer

AgResearch

Dr Kieran Elborough

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Jim Metson

University of Auckland

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


Dr. Sarah Golding

Communications Officer

Mr. John Henley-King

Associate Director - Operations

Mrs. Ansley Te Hiwi

PA to Director

Prof. Joanne Hort

Fonterra Riddet Chair in Consumer and Sensory Science, Massey University and Associate Director EDI, Riddet Institute

Prof. Warren McNabb

Deputy Director

Mrs. Rebecca Olssen

Administrator

Mrs. Terri Palmer

Riddet Institute PA

Ms. Melanie Ruffell

Stakeholder Relationship Manager

Research Leadership Group


Prof. John Bronlund

Massey University

Prof. Leo Cheng

The University of Auckland

Prof. Matt Golding

Massey University

Dr. Pramod Gopal

Plant & Food Research

Mr. John Henley-King

Associate Director - Operations

Prof. Warren McNabb

Deputy Director

Dr. Lisa Te Morenga

Victoria University of Wellington

Prof. Indrawati Oey

University of Otago

Fellow Laureate


Dist. Prof. Paul J Moughan

Massey University

Riddet Fellows


Prof. Richard Archer

Massey University

Assoc. Prof. David Everett

California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Nigel Larsen

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Laurie Melton

The University of Auckland

Prof. Peter Munro

Massey University

Prof. Emeritus Graeme Wake

Massey University

CoRE Principal Investigators


Prof. John Bronlund

Massey University

Prof. Manohar Garg

University of Newcastle & Massey University

Prof. Juliet Gerrard

The University of Auckland

Prof. Matt Golding

Massey University

Prof. Joanne Hort

Fonterra Riddet Chair in Consumer and Sensory Science, Massey University and Associate Director EDI, Riddet Institute

Prof. Peter Hunter

The University of Auckland

Prof. Geoffrey Jameson

Massey University

Prof. Jim Mann

University of Otago

Dr. John Monro

Plant & Food Research

Dist. Prof. Paul J Moughan

Massey University

Prof. Indrawati Oey

University of Otago

Prof. Sally Poppitt

The University of Auckland

Prof. R. Paul Singh

University of California, Davis & Massey University

Prof. Gerald Tannock

University of Otago

CoRE Associate Investigators


Dr. Eric Altermann

AgResearch

Dr. Rachel Anderson

AgResearch

Dr. Matthew Barnett

AgResearch

Dr. Mike Boland

Massey University

Assoc. Prof. Gail M. Bornhorst

University of California, Davis

Prof. Bernhard Breier

Massey University

Prof. Charles Brennan

Lincoln University

Prof. David Cameron-Smith

The University of Auckland

Prof. Leo Cheng

The University of Auckland

Dr. Stefan Clerens

AgResearch

Prof. Clive Davies

Massey University

Assoc. Prof. Renwick Dobson

University of Canterbury

Dr. Laura Domigan

University of Auckland

Dr. Jolon Dyer

AgResearch

Dr. Conan Fee

University of Canterbury

Assoc. Prof. Kelvin Goh

Massey University, Singapore

Dr. Pramod Gopal

Plant & Food Research

Prof. Keith Gordon

University of Otago

Dr. Lovedeep Kaur

Massey University

Prof. Marlena Kruger

Massey University

Prof. Roger Lentle

Massey University

Dr. Simon Loveday

AgResearch

Dr. Mark McCann

AgResearch

Dr. Carlos Montoya

AgResearch

Dr. Lisa Te Morenga

Victoria University of Wellington

Mr. Marco Morgenstern

Plant & Food Research

Professor Siew Young Quek

The University of Auckland

Prof. Elaine Rush

Auckland University of Technology

Dr. Paul Shorten

AgResearch

Dr. Jaspreet Singh

Massey University

Dr. Kevin Sutton

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

Assoc. Prof. Mark Waterland

Massey University

Prof. Bill Williams

Massey University

Prof. Peter Xu

The University of Auckland

Assoc. Prof. Aiqian Ye

Massey University

Dr. Wayne Young

AgResearch

Affiliated Researchers


Dr. Lakshmi Acharya

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Skelte Anema

Affiliated Researcher, Fonterra

Dr. Tim Angeli

Affiliated Researcher, University of Auckland

Dr. Prabhu Balan

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Alicia Barnett

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr. Shalome Bassett

Affiliated Researcher, Fonterra

Dr. Ryan Chanyi

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Sylvia Chungchunlam

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Julie Dalziel

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr. Anant Dave

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Ashling Ellis

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Alejandra Acevedo Fani

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Maria J Ferrua

Affiliated Researcher, Fonterra

Dr. Karl Fraser

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr. Luke Fullard

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Prof. Yi Huai Gao

Honorary Fellow, Massey University

Dr. Caroline Giezenaar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sharon Henare

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Suzanne Hodgkinson

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Blair Lawley

Affiliated Researcher, University of Otago

Dr. Juliana Leite

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Sze Ying Leong

Affiliated Researcher, University of Otago

Assoc. Prof. Duncan McGillivray

Affiliated Researcher, University of Auckland

Dr. Davide Mercadente

Affiliated Researcher, The University of Zurich

Dr Saleh Moradi

Food Experience and Sensory Testing (Feast) Lab, Massey University

Dr. Jane Mullaney

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr Arup Nag

Research Officer

Dr. Noha Ahmed Nasef

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Zhigao Niu

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Ali Rashidinejad

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Elizabeth Rettedal

Affiliated Researcher, AgResearch

Dr. Parthasarathi Subramanian

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

Dr. Vinod Suresh

Affiliated Researcher, University of Auckland

Dr. Rohith Thota

Affiliated Researcher, Massey University

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


Paloma Craig

Massey University

Jack Cui

Massey University

Dr Catriona Hay

Food Experience and Sensory Testing (Feast) Lab, Massey University

Sihan Ma

Junior Research Officer

Ajitpal Purba

Massey University

Dr Natasha Strobinger

Massey University

Peter Zhu

Massey University

Postgraduate students


Setya Abduh

PhD Student

Abhilasha

PhD Student

Natalie Ahlborn

AgResearch

Saeed Alighaleh

PhD Student

Isaac Amoah

PhD Student

Geoff Ang

PhD Student

Cailing Ang

PhD Student

Norma Bagarinao

Master Student

Marc Bailie

PhD Student

Tracey Bear

PhD Student

Akashdeep Beniwal

PhD Student

Dipankar Bhattacharya

PhD Student

Amanda Board

PhD Student

Janita Botha

PhD Student

Caterina Carco

PhD Student

Wei Chen

PhD Student

Jack Chen

PhD Student

Nicole Yu-Fang Chen

PhD Student

Bangxiang Chen

PhD Student

Lirong Cheng

PhD Student

Feng Ming Chian

PhD Student

Kinley Choki

Master Student

Chih-Chieh Chuang

PhD Student

Josiah Cleland

PhD Student

Tung Thanh Diep

PhD Student

Thomas Do

PhD Student

Sheba Mae M. Duque

PhD Student

Davide Fraccascia

PhD Student

Candy Gao

PhD Student

Sunandita Ghosh

PhD Student

Nicola Gillies

PhD Student

Christine Halliday

PhD Student

Anika Hoogeveen

PhD Student

Saeed Hosseini

PhD Student

Muhammad Syahmeer How

PhD Student

Zhiguang Huang

PhD Student

Shanalee James

PhD Student

Isuri Jayawardana

PhD Student

Ankita Jena

PhD Student

Sherine Jesna

PhD Student

Alex Kanon

PhD Student

Edmond Khrisanapant

PhD Student

Hoang Du Le

PhD Student

Siqi Li

PhD Student

Janice Lim

PhD Student

Jia Jiet Lim

PhD Student

Xikun Lu

PhD Student

Taciana Lunelli

PhD Student

Nan Luo

PhD Student

Johannes Magpusao

PhD Student

Boning Mao

Master Student

Alice Mao

Master Student

Marina Marinea

PhD Student

Starin McKeen

PhD Student

Hannah McKerchar

PhD Student

Evelyn Mete

PhD Student

Sarah Mitchell

PhD Student

Nimisha Mohandas

PhD Student

Fionnuala Murphy

PhD Student

Joanna Nadia

PhD Student

Natasha Nayak

PhD Student

Olivia Ogilvie

PhD Student

Linda Ogutu

PhD Student

Gerald Olson

PhD Student

Esther Onguta

PhD Student

Nadun Palmada

PhD Student

Zheng Pan

PhD Student

Laura Payling

PhD Student

Noémie Petit

PhD Student

Utpal Prodhan

PhD Student

Haroon Qazi

PhD Student

Adetiya Rachman

PhD Student

Farha Ramzan

PhD Student

Jeanette Rapson

PhD Student

Nikki Renall

PhD Student

Saima Rizwan

PhD Student

Caleb Robinson

PhD Student

Debashree Roy

PhD Student

Pankaja Sharma

PhD Student

Danxia Shi

PhD Student

Aahana Shrestha

PhD Student

Nick Smith

PhD Student

Geeshani Somaratne

PhD Student

Kai Steinmetz

PhD Student

Patrick Tai

PhD Student

Khanh Tran

PhD Student

Liwen Wang

PhD Student

Xin Wang

PhD Student

Maheeka Weerawarna

PhD Student

Gang Wu

PhD Student

Song Yang

PhD Student

Marit van der Zeijden

PhD Student

Yongchao Zhu

PhD Student

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