Dr Andrew Reynolds first joined Riddet as a postdoctoral scientist in 2017, working on projects relating to wholegrain intake and health outcomes with Dr Lisa Te Morenga and Professor Jim Mann. He became an Associate Investigator in 2020. Dr Reynolds’ particular interest is in how fibre-containing foods such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and whole fruit, or dietary fats and their sources effect health outcomes. He examines how dietary intakes influence health outcomes such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease later on in life, as well as the management of these diseases.

Dr Reynolds is currently interested in the change in cardiometabolic risk factors when degrading food structures of carbohydrate containing foods. He also explores how the intake of different dietary fats, and the structures of those fats, influence heart health and premature mortality. His expertise includes conducting randomised controlled trials with adult participants, to generate new knowledge on food intakes and health. He conducts systematic reviews and meta analyses to synthesise current knowledge to inform dietary and clinical guidelines on what to eat.

Dr Reynolds is an external consultant for the WHO on dietary guidelines, a principal investigator of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, and an Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR) researcher. He holds a research fellowship from the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand as a research fellow with the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago. He is also a Public Health Nutritionist and an Epidemiologist.